Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has tapped the head of his Investigations Bureau to be his second in command, starting next week.

As the Chief Deputy, Chris Nanos will be responsible for the entire 1,500 member department and reports directly to Sheriff Dupnik.

It marks the first time since 2002 the position of Chief Deputy has been filled.

The Department has seen two of its four chiefs retire in the past year, with another on track to retire in the near future.

“Filling the Chief Deputy vacancy will ensure continuity and stability in the organization as we go through this period of leadership transition,” Dupnik said. “I can think of no one more qualified to take on the challenges of this role.”

Nanos has served in each of the Department’s four bureaus as he rose through the ranks over the last 30 years. 

He was hired by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department as a Corrections Officer in 1984. 

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