On Friday, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich swore in five entry-level deputies and welcomed them at a ceremony held with family and friends.
They are scheduled to attend the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy beginning Feb. 12, said Deputy Mark Gregory, sheriff’s spokesman.
Deputy Ray Anderson, 31, was born and raised in Long Island, N.Y. Since 2001, he served in the United States Air Force/Air National Guard where he achieved the rank of Tech Sergeant and was an HH-60 helicopter crew chief. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Deputy Elijah Jones, 25, was raised in Omaha, Neb., and comes to us from Murrieta, Cal.. He served in the United States Marine Corps at 29 Palms from 2012-2016, where he earned the rank of corporal as an infantry team leader.
Deputy Josiah Loos is 23 and from Sandy, Ore. He graduated magna cum laude from Portland State University last year where he earned a degree in biochemistry.
Deputy Sam Riser, originally from Morgan Hill, Calif., is 49. He recently completed a successful 25-year career in the United States Navy, entering as a seaman recruit and ending his career as a commissioned officer.
During his career, he served aboard a nuclear submarine, aircraft carrier, worked as a legislative fellow on Capitol Hill, and most recently within the intelligence community. Riser earned an undergraduate degree in Finance from Washington State University and an MBA from Marymount University.
Deputy Jeff Zickler is 37 and from Spokane. He served six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and holds a B.A. degree from Eastern Washington University in Urban and Regional Planning. Prior to joining the sheriff’s office, he was an operational sergeant for the Grand Coulee Dam Security Response Force.