Sheriff Brian Pixley of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) completed participation in the 116th session of the National Sheriff’s Institute (NSI) held April 15-19 in Aurora, Colorado. According to Pixley, he’s returned from the NSI with a refined vision of what he needs from his command staff, which will help in the CCSO during their current process of evaluating candidates for Chief Deputy.
“I feel truly blessed to be one of the chosen few to attend this class,” Pixley said.
The NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs. This no-cost program is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA). According to Pixley, the NIC and NSA paid for his hotel, airfare, transportation, and food while he was attending the class. “So, it didn’t cost the citizens of Columbia County anything but my time,” he said.
“NSI is specifically designed for first-term sheriffs. This was an opportunity to connect with 28 other sheriffs from across the country and allow me to form a network of people I can learn from over my tenure as sheriff,” Pixley said. “I was particularly interested in attending to further explore who I am as a leader. The class helped me thoughtfully evaluate my skills and highlighted where I can improve to be an even better leader for the Columbia County Sheriff’s
Pixley joined those 28 other sheriffs for training on contemporary challenges facing America’s sheriffs today. In light of those challenges, according to an NSI press release covering Pixley’s graduation, the sheriffs explored the role of the local sheriff in providing effective leadership for the public good in such areas as public safety, criminal justice system policy, community relations, and organization effectiveness and efficiency.
“The NSI helped me refine my leadership direction, from leading change within the office to how to properly assemble my executive team,” Pixley said. “I came back with a clearer picture of where I want to take the sheriff’s office moving forward and a better understanding of how to properly communicate that direction to my staff.”
The NIC is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons. It is the primary federal source of technical assistance, training, and information services for state and local corrections. According to the press release, NIC provides a wide variety of services to the nation’s jails, most of which are the responsibility of the sheriffs.
The NSA is a non-profit professional association located in Alexandria, Virginia. According to the press release, NSA represents the nearly 3,100 elected sheriffs across the nation and has more than 20,000 members, including law enforcement professionals, state and federal government employees, concerned citizens, students, and others. Since 1940, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for law enforcement professionals. NSA also provides management training for sheriffs and their personnel in court security, crime victim services, domestic violence, homeland security initiatives, jail operations, and traffic safety. Additionally, NSA administers the highly successful National Neighborhood Watch and Triad programs.