A veteran of over 50 years in local law enforcement, Clarence W. Dupnik has served as the Sheriff of Pima County, Tucson, Arizona, since his appointment in February 1980. County voters endorsed the choice nine months later by electing him to his first four-year term and ratified that decision by re-electing him six additional times. As Sheriff, he oversees a smooth-running department of 1,513 employees and an $118 million budget.
The Sheriff is known nationally for his implementation of innovative and effective law enforcement programs throughout his distinguished career. His career highlights of successes has earned his agency's reputation as "one of the nation's finest".
Sheriff Dupnik ensures his department keeps up with our fast growing community and under his helm he has opened six district offices and four substations accessible to the public, as well as the central headquarters building at 1750 E. Benson Highway in Tucson, the focal point for criminal investigations, data processing systems, communications, and records. Sheriff Dupnik also has overseen the implementation of new, state-of-the-art maximum- and minimum-security adult detention centers in Tucson and a new medium-security detention facility in the town of Ajo.
Clarence Dupnik remains active in many professional, civic, and fraternal organizations, including the National Sheriffs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He has been the long-time Arizona representative with Operation Alliance. He is a board member of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, the Arizona Law Enforcement Officer Advisory Council, and the Arizona Peace Officers Standards & Training Board. He is an advisory board member of the National Narcotics Interdiction System as well as an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Tucson.
Born on January 11, 1936, in Helena, Texas, he was raised in Bisbee, Arizona, and later attended the University of Arizona in Tucson. He graduated from Keeler Institute in Chicago, the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, and the Urban Affairs Executive Institute at M.I.T. He joined the Tucson Police Department in 1958, and subsequently was promoted through the ranks from Patrol Officer to Major in charge of Field Operations. He left TPD in 1977 to accept the position of Chief Deputy with the Pima County Sheriff's Department, a job he held until his appointment as Sheriff by the Pima County Board of Supervisors 2½ years later.