Gerald Cook Antinoro (Jerry), was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1964. His family moved to Utah in 1970. Living in the wild and rural area of southeast Utah, Jerry developed a love of wide open spaces, agriculture and wildlife, and small town life. Camping, fishing, hunting, and horseback riding were all part of the youthful adventures in the Four Corners area.
Academia was never a strong point growing up but Jerry did finally get into the swing of things. He holds Master’s Degrees in both Organizational Management and Psychology. He is a 2001 graduate of Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Staff and Command School, and is one of only a handful of Nevada Sheriffs to have attended and graduated the National Sheriff’s Institute.
Jerry has worked in all aspects of law enforcement starting his career in 1984 as a jailer/dispatcher with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office in southeast Utah. In 1985, Jerry became a patrol deputy with the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office in Vernal. After rising to the rank of Sergeant and overseeing the patrol division, Jerry moved to Nevada in 1994, where he went to work for the West Wendover Police Department. He served as a patrol officer, investigator, patrol sergeant, and ultimately attained the rank of Lieutenant, serving as second in command of the police department.
In 2005, Jerry went to Las Vegas for a brief period where he became the Chief of Enforcement for the Nevada Transportation Authority, with investigators in Las Vegas and Reno. This agency is responsible for overseeing the regulation and enforcement of intrastate common carriers (limos, taxis, buses, household goods movers, etc.). This was where Jerry first found Virginia City, having to come up the hill to interact with some carriers that were located in town. Halfway through 2006, he was afforded the opportunity to come to Storey County where he accepted the position of patrol deputy. Since then he has risen through the ranks and in 2011, took the reins of the Sheriff’s Office, serving the citizens of the county fairly and with equality, while protecting your tax dollars and rights.
Since 2011, Jerry has testified at the state legislature on several occasions and worked with many other elected officials to preserve your rights to bear arms, protect our wild horses, and ensure laws are enacted that enhance service to citizens, not burden them with bureaucratic nonsense. Jerry has been a stanch guardian of your tax dollars holding the Sheriff’s budget to reasonable standards to meet the growth of Storey County, without splurging as is sometimes the case with government.
Jerry is well aware of the role and need for law enforcement in our communities. While peace officers are necessary to protect the public, preserve the peace, and respond to criminal acts, these same peace officers must also serve our citizens as friend, confidante, and someone they can count on during their time of need – whatever it may be. He has demonstrated these qualities time and again, regardless of who someone is or where they live. He is truly a peace officer who has embraced the entire county and continues to espouse this quality to his staff.
Last but not least, Jerry belongs to many professional organizations. He is a board member of the Nevada Citizen’s Corps Council. He is a member of the Nevada Sheriffs & Chiefs Association and has served on its executive board including as its president. Jerry is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Comstock Aerie #523 and has served as aerie president, and is currently an officer of the F.O.E. Nevada State Aerie executive board. In his free time you can find Jerry at his home in Gold Hill with his wife and daughter, tending to the garden and chickens, or playing with their dogs; frequently you can find him in attendance at social events throughout Storey County, several of which he hosts either personally or through Sheriff’s Office programs; and on occasion, you can find him in attendance at Storey County GOP functions where he has served as a precinct captain and aligns his political ideology as primarily conservative.
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