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About Ozzie


The Spokane County Board of County Commissioners unanimously appointed Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich Sheriff of Spokane County on April 11, 2006. He was elected to the Office of Sheriff in the fall of 2006 by 75% of the popular vote and is currently serving his third term as our Sheriff. This year marks his 28th year in the Law Enforcement Profession.

As Sheriff of Spokane County, he oversees the law enforcement activities in the unincorporated areas of Spokane County and several contract cities and towns. He serves as the Director of the Spokane County Department of Emergency Management.

Prior to being appointed to the office of Sheriff, he held the following positions with the Sheriff's Office: patrol deputy, field training officer, property crimes detective, sex crimes detective, SWAT team operator, SWAT team supervisor, patrol supervisor, and training supervisor.

Sheriff Knezovich has served as a patrol officer for the City of Olympia, Washington and the City of Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was assigned as a relief supervisor and to develop the school resource officer program while serving with the Rock Springs Police Dept. He started his law enforcement career with the Town of Superior, Wyoming serving as the Town Marshal.

He serves as President of the Washington Sheriffs’ and Police Chiefs’ Association and co-chair of the following committees and Boards for the Washington Sheriff’s and Police Chief’s Association:

  •  The Homeland Security
  •  Intelligence Committee
  •  Law Enforcement Standards, Training and Education Committee
  •  Washington State Intelligence Fusion Center Executive Board
  •  Past co-chair of the WASPC Law Enforcement Accreditation Committee

 Sheriff Knezovich serves as the Past President of the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA). LEEDA is an organization dedicated to developing leadership training for law enforcement leaders.

At the local level Sheriff Knezovich has served as the Chair of the Emergency Communication Board.

Sheriff Knezovich is dedicated to our community and our youth. He has served on or is currently serving on the following community outreach boards:

  • The United Way
  •  Daybreak Youth Services
  •  The Salvation Army 
  •  Frontier Behavioral Heath (formally Spokane Mental Heath)
  •  ARC of Spokane
  •  Founding member of the Spokane County Human Rights Taskforce



Committee to Re-Elect Ozzie Knezovich (R)
PO Box 48185
Spokane, WA 99228
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