Executive Staff Biographies
Sheriff Chuck Allen
Sheriff Chuck Allen was elected to serve as Washoe County’s 26th Sheriff on November 4th, 2014, his latest endeavor in over 30 years of public service that began with his entry into the United States Air Force in 1984.
In 1990, Sheriff Allen entered civilian service as a law enforcement officer by joining the ranks of the Nevada Highway Patrol where he served as a State Trooper for over 24 years. During his last 11 years with the state Highway Patrol he served as the agency’s Public Information Officer, working closely with six Nevada Highway Patrol Chiefs and six Directors of the Department of Public Safety.
Sheriff Allen gave nearly 31 total years of military service in the United States Air Force and Wisconsin & Nevada Air National Guard units before retiring at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. During his tenure in the military, he served seven years as a First Sergeant, and nearly four years as the Human Resource Advisor to the Commander of the 152nd Airlift Wing. Since 2001, he was deployed to many locations around the world including Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Germany and Iraq.
Sheriff Allen’s professional development as a senior ranking military member encompassed attending several academies in residency. These academies included the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, First Sergeant Academy, Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, and the Chiefs Executive Course. Since taking office, Sheriff Allen has attended the National Sheriffs’ Institute class and is a graduate of class 111, and in 2017, he was nominated and selected to attend the FBI’s premier National Executive Institute course, class 40.
Sheriff Allen’s commitment to community involvement has always been important of his life. He currently serves on the governing board of the Nevada Humane Society and the executive committee of Special Olympics Nevada. As an active member on the boards of both of these organizations, Sheriff Allen continues to raise awareness and funds that help to advance their worthy causes.
Sheriff Allen is also of member of American Legion Post 12 in Reno where he serves as the Sergeant-at-Arms.
Sheriff Allen is married to his wife Teresa and they have two grown children; Bailey and Sheldon. Their family also includes Dezzie (their 16 year-old Toy Poodle) and Toula (their 7 year-old Poodle/Cairn Terrier mix.)
Undersheriff Susan Schilling
Undersheriff Susan Schilling is second in command of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.In this position she serves as the Chief Administrator and Executive Officer to the Sheriff. Her responsibilities include strategic operations and oversight of all Sheriff’s Office Divisions.
Undersheriff Schilling was formerly employed by the State of Nevada for more than 23 years. She began her law enforcement career in Las Vegas in 1998 as a Parole and Probation Officer. In 2005, she was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to the Nevada Highway Patrol. She became the first female promoted to the rank of Major on April 15, 2014, assigned as the Northern Command Deputy Chief.
Schilling earned a Master of Science in Performance Improvement with Distinction from Grantham University and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also graduated from Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and holds an Executive Certificate from the Nevada Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.
Chief Deputy Russell Pedersen
Chief Deputy Russell Pedersen began his service with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff in 1997. Chief Deputy Pedersen has a full range of command and leadership experience in all three bureaus: Administrative, Detention and Operations.
As Chief Deputy of the Administration Bureau, he has operational command of the Community Engagement Office, Records, Civil Process, Backgrounds Unit, Training, Research & Development, the Academy, and the Forensic Science Division (Crime Lab). Throughout his career with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy Pedersen has served in a multitude of specialty and command assignments, including: Detention Boot Camp, Civil Division, Regional Aviation Unit (RAVEN), Northern Nevada Regional Law Enforcement Academy, Dispatch Communications, Research & Development, Training, Backgrounds, Fleet Services and Search & Rescue, where he was awarded the Vincent G. Swinney Medal for Excellence in Search and Rescue.
Chief Deputy Pedersen graduated from the 254th Session of the FBI National Academy in September 2013.
Chief Deputy Pedersen’s experiences have taught him the importance of teamwork, multi-agency collaboration and community support. He finds gratification each day in knowing he has the privilege of working with dedicated individuals throughout the county who love serving the community as much as he does.
Chief Deputy Tom Green
Chief Deputy Tom Green began his service with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in 1992, as a Deputy Sheriff in Detention. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of assignments to include Detectives, Patrol and Detention Administration.
In 2006, Chief Deputy Green was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, supervising within the Detention Division. In 2010, he transferred to Patrol, then to Detectives where he held supervisory roles in both property crimes and crimes against persons.
In 2013, Chief Deputy Green was promoted to Lieutenant and assumed command in the Detention Bureau. From Detention, he was selected as the Detective Lieutenant, a position he has held until May 2016. Promoted to Captain in 2016, Chief Deputy Green oversaw Detention Services to include Courts, Court Transportation and the Inmate Management Unit.
As the Chief Deputy in charge of the Detention / Courts Bureau, he commands all functions of the Washoe County Consolidated Detention Facility. In addition, Chief Deputy Green is responsible for the overall protection of the Mills Lane Justice Complex, the Second Judicial District Court, and all its associated departments.
Chief Deputy Green has served this community for 25 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration along with an Executive Certificate from the Nevada Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission. Serving over thirteen years on the Sheriff’s Office Awards Committee, Chief Deputy Green recognizes the importance of providing recognition to deserving staff across the Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Green also serves on the board for the non-profit Join Together Northern Nevada, and volunteers at his local church.
Chief Deputy Green his wife Jenny enjoy spending time exploring and hunting the deserts of western Nevada with their two young boys and spending time with his two teenage daughters.