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Jan 17, 2014 3:32 PM by Associated Press

Pima County Sheriff's Dept. names a chief deputy

TUCSON, AZ - For the first time in 12 years, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has a second-in-command.

Dupnik announced Friday that Investigations Bureau Chief Chris Nanos has been promoted to chief deputy. He starts his new job next week.

Dupnik says recent retirements necessitated the move. The sheriff's department has 1,500 employees and has seen two of its four chiefs retire in the past year with another on track to retire in the near future.

Although the 78-year-old Dupnik has no immediate plans to retire, he says he wants to make sure the department has strong candidates for replacements.

Nanos has served in each of the department's four bureaus as he rose through the ranks over the last three decades.

He brings nearly 40 years of law-enforcement experience to his new role.

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