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MEET MATT

Hello!  My name is Matt Morgan and I am excited for this opportunity to run for the Office of Justice of the Peace for Humboldt County.

A little background about myself.   I am a native Nevadan, born and raised in Reno to wonderful parents, Ted and Yvette Morgan.  I graduated from Hug High School in 1990.  Three years later, I attended High Sierra Police Academy where I graduated and obtained my Nevada Peace Officer Standards and Training Certificate/ Category 1. 

In 1994, I applied with the Winnemucca Police Department.  My desire to work for this agency was based on my families’ history and long-running ties to this community dating back to the 1930’s when my grandfather attended Humboldt High School.   I was hired by the police department on October 1, and thus began my career and my love for this City.    I was also lucky enough to find and marry the love of my life, Cassie, and we recently welcomed our beautiful daughter Vena into this world.  I continue to live, work, and raise my family in this wonderful town and have taken every opportunity to become actively involved in our community - from hunting, fishing, and camping to playing softball, volleyball, bowling – and of course golfing.

I have also served as a board member for the Chukar Foundation and have taught hunter safety education to other hunting enthusiasts and to our youth.   I have recently become involved with the Young Life Program, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Ducks Unlimited.  

In addition, I have been active with teaching self-defense courses to our local women and children. A great deal of my career in law enforcement has involved investigating crimes committed against women and children, thus I am a strong believer with empowering them in being able to defend themselves.  Recently, I joined with the Winnemucca Domestic Violence Advocates in creating a Multi-disciplinary team to further our efforts with the investigations of these types of crimes. Also I am proud to take part in the “Walk-a-mile in her shoes” program sponsored by the advocates in their efforts to support public awareness about domestic battery.

I have been fortunate in my career to have been involved in many other facets of law enforcement.  I have worked and supervised the patrol division and was a K-9 officer for ten years with my partner Duco. I was also a member of the Tri-County Narcotics Task Force working drug-related investigations.   For the past eight years I’ve been assigned to the Major Crimes Division investigating a variety of felony crimes committed against both people and property.

During the past five years, I have served as a member on District Court Judge Montero’s Drug and Truancy Court teams and the Truancy Advisory Board. As a member on the Board, I work with the committee in helping troubled students successfully graduate from high school and hopefully move on to achieving higher education. 

I have worked with our younger children by teaching the D.A.R.E. program for seven years at our local Elementary schools and the Winnemucca Junior High School.  Most recently, I had the pleasure of teaching law enforcement topics to students in the Forensic Science class at Lowry High.  I have found it rewarding to have had the chance to work with children of all ages throughout my career.

During my time with the police department, I have been honored to receive several letters of recognition for my accomplishments, with the most recent being a medal of Meritorious Unit Citation award.  I found myself humbled to have received this award in addition to all of the other commendations throughout my career, I was just simply doing my job and honoring the oath I took years ago when I was first sworn in – and that was to serve the public.   I would like to continue to serve the people as Justice of the Peace and hope the voters here in Humboldt County will support my campaign for Humboldt County Justice of the Peace at the ballot box on November 6, 2018. Thank you.

Respectfully,

Matt Morgan