Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich was appointed as Sheriff of Spokane County on April 11, 2006. He was elected to Office of Sheriff in the fall of 2006 and is currently serving his second term as our Sheriff. This year marks his 20th year in the Law Enforcement Profession.
As Sheriff of Spokane County, he oversees the law enforcement activities in the unincorporated areas of Spokane County and several contract cities and towns. He is also responsible for managing the County’s Corrections System and the County’s Department of Emergency Management.
Prior to being appointed to the office of Sheriff, he held the following positions at the Sheriff’s Office: patrol deputy, field training officer, property crimes detective, sex crimes detective, SWAT team operator, SWAT Team supervisor, patrol supervisor, and training supervisor. He has also developed the school resource officer program and served as a school resource officer while serving with the Rock Springs Police Department in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
He serves as the Vice President of the Washington Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs’ Association. He also serves as the co-chair of the following committees and Boards for the Washington Sheriff’s and Police Chief’s Association:
- The Homeland Security Intelligence and Technology Committee
- Law Enforcement Standards, Training and Education Committee
- Washington State Intelligence Fusion Center executive board
- Past co-chair of the WASPC Law Enforcement Accreditations Committee
Sheriff Knezovich serves as the Vice President of the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association which is an organization dedicated to developing professional law enforcement leaders within the law enforcement community.
At the local level Sheriff Knezovich is the Chair of the Emergency Communication Board.
Sheriff Knezovich is dedicated to reaching out to the community and our youth and serves on the following community outreach boards:
- The United Way
- Daybreak Youth Services
- The Salvation Army
- Frontier Behavioral Health (formally Mental Health)