Chuck Atkins had been retired for two years, following a 35-year with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, before coming back to lead the agency after winning election in late 2014.
He got a nice break and did a little traveling, but he said he’s been too busy to miss retirement.
“I knew it was a snake before I picked it up. I knew what I was getting into,” he said.
Atkins took over as sheriff at the start of this year after Garry Lucas retired in 2014 following 24 years in the office.
“I love this agency, and I worked many, many years here, and I didn’t see what I believed to be what was right for this agency knowing Garry was walking out the door,” Atkins said.
He said he’s trying to take the long view, and said he thinks his first year has been successful in that regard.
“I’m not going to be 72 and still working here,” he said, referring to Lucas’ age at retirement. “If I do well and the people like me, then I’d like to do two terms — then somebody else is going to be prepped and ready to step in with my support.”
To him, a lot of the office’s success this year started with staffing and personnel needs, something he sees as a core part of the agency’s health.
“I believe, and I’ve said many times, the success of this agency is the character of the people that work here,” he said. “My biggest concern when I was running and hoping that I would win was, ‘Who was I going to surround myself with to make sure the job is getting done?’ ”
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