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Longtime Nye sheriff’s deputy retires

A longtime Nye County Sheriff’s Office deputy has retired.

Deputy Joseph Close graduated from the first Nye County Sheriff’s Office Peace Officer Standards and Training Regional Academy in September 1994 and received his Basic Category 1 Certificate on Aug. 30, 1995.

Over the years, colleagues said Close worked his way up through the ranks from detention center detail, street patrol, then on to the position of detective and Internal Affairs sergeant.

“He retired on Sept. 1, 2017 after 22 years of dedicated service to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office and Nye County,” said Sheriff Sharon Wehrly. “Through the years, Joe has worked many cases, including homicides, domestic violence, and financial crimes. He has been a versatile asset, always dedicated to uncovering the truth. He also presented solid cases to the Nye County District Attorney’s office for review and prosecution.”

Wehrly noted that Close truly found his niche in the internal affairs department, where he retired from that position.

“We want to congratulate Sergeant Close on a job well done, a career well spent and thank him for his uncompromising dedication to the citizens of Nye County and his fellow officers,” the sheriff said.

Wehrly also noted that the Nye County Sheriff’s Office Peace Officer Standards and Training Regional Academy was established, developed, and supervised by former Sheriff Wade A. Lieseke, Jr.

Training staff consisted of certified Nye County Sheriff’s Office instructors.

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com, on Twitter: @pvtimes

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