New hires at Nevada County sheriff’s office |

New hires at Nevada County sheriff’s office

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal welcomed a number of new hires and promoted Deputy Mike Sullivan during a ceremony in the board of supervisors' chambers at the Rood Center Friday morning.

Sullivan, who was promoted to sergeant, was born and raised in Grass Valley. He graduated from Bear River High School, then continued his education at Sierra College. Sullivan began working with the Grass Valley Police Department in January 2002.

GVPD sent Sullivan to the Butte Law Enforcement Academy, where he graduated in the top five of his class both physically and academically. He worked with GVPD for almost four years as a police officer.

Sullivan began working for the sheriff's office in March 2006. He was a corporal for just over a year before getting promoted. During that time, he ran his shift and trained eight new deputies. Sullivan was also the Deputy Sheriffs Association president for almost five years.

Philip Dix and Cody Johnson were hired as new deputies.

"For us to hire somebody, very, very few make it to the end of the line where they get considered because of the rigorous standards that we have," Royal said.

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"For every 100 individuals that want to be a deputy sheriff, only two or three will ever make it through the door … We have such high expectations for those who serve our community."

Dix has been a reserve deputy, Royal said. He came to Nevada County in August 2012 from the Santa Maria Police Department after working there for six and a half years.

Dix was born and raised in Ohio, serving in the United States Army Infantry and in Iraq for two years. Dix is married to Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Dix and they have two children, Ty and Eliza.

Johnson was born in Redwood City and moved to Rough and Ready at the age of 10. He graduated from Nevada Union High School and then attended Butte College Police Academy, graduating third in his class in 2011. Johnson previously worked as a deputy in Lassen County for a year and a half, where he obtained his basic POST certificate.

Four new correction officers also were hired.

Christopher Fitzgerald was born and raised in Yuba City and attended the Firefighter Academy, graduating in 2003. In 2006, Fitzgerald attended and graduated from the Yuba College Correctional Officer's CORE Course. Before coming to the Nevada County Sheriff's Office, Fitzgerald was employed as a supervisor by Pioneer Hi Bred in Woodland. Prior to that he worked for the Sutter County Sheriff's Office for four years as a correctional officer. For the majority of his tenure there, he was assigned to the jail and the civil division.

Elizabeth Farmer was born in Redwood City and was raised in the Penn Valley and Auburn areas.

She continued her education at Sierra College and received an Associate of Science degree in administration of justice and an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts. She then continued on to CSU Sacramento and received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice.

Before coming to work at NCSO, Farmer was an equine specialist at the Riding High Equestrian Program and worked with emotionally disturbed teens using horses. In 2007 she received the Sacramento Region Volunteer of the Year Award.

Gina Coronel was born in Red Bluff and has been a Nevada County resident since 1986. She will be assigned to Truckee.

Kaycie Swenson was born in Pomona and received her Associate of Arts degree in animal science.

In 2003 she started breeding horses and now has three horses that she is very proud of. She subsequently graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in criminal justice.

Dewayne Schilling was hired as a cook. He has been working part time at the correctional facility since November 2011.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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