City sheriff mentors other sheriffs

Posted: October 7, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — City Sheriff Lenny Millholland served in September as a mentor to 27 first-term sheriffs from across the country as part of the National Sheriff’s Institute.

The 104th session of the NSI was held from Sept. 8 to 14 in Aurora, Colo.

According to a media release from the event, the NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs. The program is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA).

“It’s basically a leadership program,” Millholland said Friday, adding that it was an honor to serve as the class mentor.

The leadership-development training covered topics such as dealing with issues within sheriff’s offices and strategies for handling employees and constituents.

“A seasoned sheriff and a graduate of the NSI in 2002, Sheriff Millholland was able to assist with discussions on 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 release states.

Millholland said it felt good to have 27 sheriffs rely on what he was telling them.

He added that he has been in touch with many since the training.

Millholland will retire at the end of the year as city sheriff, a post he was first elected to in 2002. A fixture in local law enforcement for 34 years, he announced in April that he would not seek re-election.

The only downside to the event, Millholland said, was the catastrophic flooding that took place the same week, devastating numerous communities.

“My heart went out to them,” Millholland said of Colorado residents experiencing the natural disaster.

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. NIC provides a wide variety of services to the nation’s jails, most of which are the responsibility of sheriffs, according to the media release.

The NSA is a non-profit professional association located in Alexandria. It represents the nearly 3,100 elected sheriffs across the nation and has more than 18,000 members, including law enforcement professionals, state and federal government employees, concerned citizens, students, and others.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com