NATHAN DOWNEY – REGION 10 CANDIDATE
My name is Nathan Downey, and I have been a deputy with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho for almost ten years. I have served as an SRO for the last eight school years at both the high school and middle school levels and I am excited to begin my ninth year in a brand-new high school that opens this year. I am part of my agency’s bike patrol team, Crisis Negotiator team, Honor Guard team and currently am involved with developing and implementing a UAV team to assist in many aspects of our Sheriff’s Office. I serve on the Idaho Association of School Resource Officers executive board as a regional director and I also serve on our state Law Enforcement Advisory Council, a specially-selected group of Idaho SRO’s which works with the Idaho Office of School Safety and Security. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University in 2001 and after graduating went into the finance industry where I worked for seven years until being hired by the Sheriff’s Office. In 2010 I was elected to the board of directors of the Credit Union where I previously worked. While serving on the board of directors I have held different positions including treasurer and secretary and I currently serve as chairman of the board of our credit union with over $280 million in assets. I am married to a wonderful woman who has put up with me for more than thirteen years and we have six children ranging in age from 12 years to four months. I am excited to serve with NASRO
I have been associated with NASRO for almost two years now which makes me a very “young” member but I sincerely believe in the vision and goals of this association. With the opening of our brand-new Region I believe there are amazing opportunities to strengthen NASRO’s ties to our five-state area and increase the number of NASRO members throughout our region. I would like to see more training brought to our area and more of our members certified as NASRO Practitioners, a certification I just recently received myself. When elected I plan to do all I can to help each state build up its state association, attend each state association’s annual conference as possible and do my best to represent our region to NASRO and NASRO to our region. Having lived in other parts of the country I recognize how unique our region is and I would be honored to represent the “Wild West” region as your Region 10 Regional Director.