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  • Sheriff Dupnik fills No. 2 slot in office for first time in 12 years

    Jan 17, 2014 | Read More News
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    Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik is proud to announce the promotion of Christopher G. Nanos to Chief Deputy effective Jan. 19, 2014.none

    As the Chief Deputy, Nanos will be responsible for the overall management of the Department, reporting directly to the Sheriff. This promotion 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. He brings nearly 40 years of law enforcement experience to his new role, with a strong emphasis in criminal investigations, particularly in violent crimes and narcotics.

    He will be second in command of an organization of more than 1,500 employees.

    Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Nanos majored in Public Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso. He began his law enforcement career as a police officer in the El Paso Police Department in 1976 before joining the Pima County Sheriff’s Department as a Corrections Officer in 1984. He was promoted to Deputy Sheriff later that year.

    Nanos worked as a patrol deputy and a detective in the Sex Crimes and Homicide Units prior to his promotion to sergeant in 1992, where he had a strong focus on drug interdiction.  In 1999 Nanos was promoted to lieutenant and oversaw the Green Valley and Rincon Patrol Districts, Internal Affairs, and Criminal Investigations. In 2009, Nanos was promoted to the rank of captain and led the Criminal Investigations Division. In May 2013, he was promoted to Chief of the Investigations Bureau.

    Nanos has received repeated recognition for his dedication and community work, to include volunteering for Special Olympics, working with homeowner associations and neighborhood groups, and serving as a past Board member for the Southern Arizona Child Advocacy Center.

    He has been married to his wife, Charlene, for 28 years.
    “With his promotion, Chief Deputy Nanos will further our historic precedent of serving this community,” Dupnik said.