Sheriff -

Sheriff Frank Hunewill

Sheriff Frank Hunewill was born and raised in Lyon County.  His ancestors settled in Lyon County in 1861 and have maintained family businesses in the area ever since.


Sheriff Hunewill attended Lyon County Schools and graduated valedictorian of his high school in 1982.  He attended college at the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. After college he went to work for the family construction business until 1993 when he began working for the Lyon County Sheriff's Office where he's been employed ever since. 


Sheriff Hunewill began his career with the Lyon County Sheriff's Office as a reserve officer.  After about 18 months, he became a full time employee where he spent his first two years working as a detention deputy in the jail before transferring to patrol.  


Sheriff Hunewill later became a resident deputy in Smith Valley and remained in that assignment for approximately five years before being reassigned to the Mason Patrol area.  


Sheriff Hunewill eventually promoted to Sergeant and was in charge of the Mason Patrol squad. As a Sergeant he became part of the county-wide watch commander system. During this time he was also on the SWAT Team in addition to being a certified crisis negotiator.  


In 2014 he was assigned to the position of administrative sergeant and in 2016 he was promoted to commander and placed in charge of the detention facility.

In 2018 he ran for the position of sheriff and was elected, taking office on January 07, 2019.

When not working, Sheriff Hunewill enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.


- Undersheriff -

Undersheriff Ed Kilgore

Undersheriff Ed Kilgore was a commander for the past four years in Lyon County before being appointed to his current position after Sheiff Frank Hunewill took office.


Prior to coming to Lyon County, Undersheriff Kilgore served as the sheriff in Humboldt County for eight years. Before that he worked 12 years for the Winnemucca Police Department, finishing in the capacity of a detective sergeant.

Undersheriff Kilgore is from Bishop, California where he was born and raised. He attended Sonoma State University where he graduated with a criminal justice degree. He then attended the High Sierra Law Enforcement Academy  before beginning his career  in law enforcement in Winnemucca.


- Captain -

Captain Shawn Clanton is in charge of the detention division (jail) and the investigations division.


- Captain -

Captain Johnny Smith is in charge of the field services division (patrol).


- Lieutenant -

Serving Since 1999


- Lieutenant -

Dayton Patrol
Serving Since 1999


- Lieutenant -

Detectives / SIU / K9 / Gang
Serving Since 1999


- Acting Lieutenant -

Fernley Patrol
Serving Since 2002


- Lieutenant -

Mason Valley Patrol
Serving Since 1994