Guest column" Meet Coconino County Sheriff's Office Patrol Operations Lieutenant Mark Christian

My name is Mark Christian and I am a lieutenant with the Coconino County Sheriff Office. I was recently assigned to the leadership role of Patrol Operations Lieutenant for the Williams Patrol District. My office is located at 700 W. Railroad Ave. in Williams.

I began my law enforcement career with the Coconino County Sheriff's Office in 1986 after a three-year commitment to the United States Forest Service. My duty station was in Tusayan and this is where I met Diane Basile. Diane was at the time a Coconino County Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Tusayan substation. We married in 1986 and made Parks our home in 1987. Diane retired from law enforcement with over 20 years of service, and pursued her teaching career. Our children, Kyle and Ashley, attended Maine Consolidated School where Diane currently teaches fifth grade.

My education includes a Bachelor Science from the Ohio State University December 1981; graduate of the Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy December 1986; graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Quantico, December 2007; Certificate of Public Management, Northern Arizona University 2009; Masters Degree in Public Administration, Northern Arizona University, May 14, 2011; and continuing education credits in emergency and incident management from the Emergency Management Institute.

I have worked extensively with the Coconino County Sheriff Office Search and Rescue Unit, our patrol volunteers, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and patrol operations. I also worked in the detention facility and the Criminal Investigations Division. I accepted the opportunity to work in Coconino County Emergency Management from June through December 2011 to assist the Interim County Emergency Manager during the wild land fire and subsequent flood season.

The leadership and supervisory opportunities experienced during my career inclusive of Detention Deputy, Patrol Deputy, Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant, Flagstaff Patrol Lieutenant (eight years) and Patrol Administrative Lieutenant (six years) provided a training opportunity in personnel and staff development, fiscal management, strategic planning, special event management, and consequence management during times of emergency. In addition to the Williams Patrol District oversight of the Coconino County Sheriff Office, I am also responsible for the law enforcement needs in the incorporated community of Tusayan, Ariz.

I am well acquainted with the importance of strong working relationships with a multitude of organizations and stakeholders both public and private. I recognize the value of community interaction and facilitation between our organization and the communities we serve. Our customer service is a critical component of our commitment to you as we partner to meet future challenges.

I am looking forward to working with you as I approach this phase of my law enforcement career and community service.

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