Deputy Chief Chris Nanos appointed to replace retiring Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik

new Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos
new Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos

The Pima County Board of Supervisors today appointed Pima County Chief Deputy Chris Nanos as the new Pima County Sheriff, effective August 1, 2015. Sheriff Dupnik’s resignation was accepted by the Board and he will serve until the end of July. Dupnik was first appointed to his job in Feb. 1980 and had been elected every four years since then, for 35 years.

The motion to appoint Nanos was made by District 2 Supervisor Ramon Valadez, seconded by District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll.

District 5 Supervisor Richard Elias mentioned that there was no process in this appointment (such as a public forum by the League of Women Voters) which reflects on the transparency of this process. (Other candidates interested in the position can run for the election of this office in November 2016.)  Elias made an alternate motion to start such a process by accepting applicants by July 30, 2015. District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller seconded his motion.  The appointment decision would be made at the August 11, 2015 (the next board meeting).

Motion by Elias failed 3-2.  Original motion to appoint Chief Deputy Nanos then passed 4-1, with Supervisor Miller voting no.

Retiring Sheriff Clarence Dupnik made a few comments after this vote. He said he was proud of his accomplishments over his 35 years, hiring “quality people”, to create an “outstanding team of cops”. Dupnik had been vocally in support of Nanos’ appointment as his successor, ever since he announced his resignation in January 2015:


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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