Pribil announces candidacy for Coconino County Sheriff<br>
Pribil possesses a bachelor’s degree in Police Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration, both from Northern Arizona University. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and the National Sheriff’s Institute. Pribil has completed several hundred hours of management and technical training. He has taught criminal justice classes at Coconino Community College for three years.
During his 30-year career with the sheriff’s office, Pribil has seen many changes — particularly in technology.
“When I started, we pounded out our reports on manual typewriters. There were no portable radios. We relied heavily on teletype information,” Pribil said. “I have also seen a huge increase in the professionalism of our officers.”
Officers now come to the department with higher levels of education. The Arizona Peace Officer’s Standard Training certification process has dramatically improved, creating a higher caliber of peace officers, he said.
“These officers are an asset to law enforcement and to the communities they serve,” said Pribil.
Less than lethal force through the use of tasers is now being promoted. The sheriff’s office recently received a donation of six tasers through the 911 Foundation, he said.
“Every officer should have one (taser). It allows officers wider choices when out in the field,” Pribil said.
Presently, there are no computers in sheriff’s office vehicles. Pribil projects this will change within five years.
“The communication needs the sheriff’s office faces are unique because Coconino County is so large. Numerous towers are needed to maintain communication in the fields,” he said. “Ten years ago we did not have cell phones. With improvements comes the costs associated with paying for wireless services and we need to bear that in mind.”
Pribil’s biggest concern is obtaining competitive wages for officers that serve the sheriff’s office.
“We are the lowest paid agency in the county. Because of this, we continue to lose officers to DPS, the city of Flagstaff and other agencies,” said Pribil.
Sheriff’s officers that have worked for the county for five years are invaluable because they possess a wealth of law enforcement information and know their communities well. Currently, county officers with five years of experience are paid $15,000-$20,000 less than their counterparts who are employed by other agencies, Pribil said.
“My desire is to continue the quality service citizens have come to expect from the Sheriff’s Office while introducing new technologies and services that will keep county law enforcement moving into the decades ahead,” Pribil said. “I believe I have the experience and dedication necessary to meet these challenges. It would be an honor to serve as Sheriff of Coconino County. I would greatly appreciate your support.”
Coconino County Sheriff Joe Richards — who has served the county for more than three decades — has endorsed Pribil’s bid for sheriff.
“Bill (Pribil) is well qualified to run for the office. He is a man of absolute integrity and will carry on the tradition of serving our citizens with professional law enforcement services,” said Richards.