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Posted on: October 3, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Help Us Welcome Five New Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies


Help Us Welcome Five New Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies 

Monday, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich swore in five new Deputies.  They will take part in our second Pre-Academy Training Program which is designed to immediately start training new Deputies instead of delaying their hiring date until an opening at the state academy is available.


Deputy Hunter Ballou: Deputy Ballou is 22-years-old and attended Northwest Christian High School prior to earning a degree in Psychology from the University of Washington.      

Deputy Clay DeBord: Deputy DeBord is 26-years-old and attended high school in Asotin, WA.  He moved to the Spokane area to attend Eastern Washington University where he played football for the Eagles and went on to play two years in the NFL. 


Deputy Ben Deibel:  Deputy Deibel is 39-years-old and originally from Colorado but has lived most of his life here in Spokane.  He was previously employed by the City of Spokane Public Works Department before joining the Sheriff’s Office. 

Deputy John Thomas: Deputy Thomas is 32-years-old and was born and raised here in Spokane where he attended Shadle Park High School.  He was self-employed in sales prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office.    

Deputy Chase Pitt: Deputy Pitt is 23-years-old and recently completed his service in the U.S. Marine Corps. where he was a Corporal and Infantry Team Leader.  He comes to us from the Ephrata area where his father is employed as a Deputy for the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Please help us welcome our five newest Deputies and their families to our community and our law enforcement family. 

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From left to right:

Deputy Pitt, Deputy Deibel, Deputy DeBord, Deputy Ballou, Deputy Thomas

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