Sheriff Brent White recently announced the selection of Jeanne Laird as chaplain for the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

The selection of a new chaplain began in March and was completed in October. Referred to as a “difference maker” by the now retired President of Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois, Laird has a proven track record of making a positive difference in the lives of others, according to the sheriff’s office

Laird is a Lyon County resident who previously lived in Illinois. She’s a non-denominational Christian with education and training in Theology, Psychology, Clinical Pastoral Education, Biblical Counseling, Police Chaplaincy and Critical Incident Stress Management. She’s ordained and a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.

In November, Laird represented the sheriff’s office at the FBI’s Chaplains Conference 2022 held in Louisville. Her studies included devotionals, legal updates, critical incident response and the role of chaplains, active shooters in worship settings, officer-involved shooting response and follow up, building relationships with officers and calling up the next generation of chaplains.

Laird comes to the department with years of experience as a chaplain in a level one trauma center and a chaplain with the Downers Grove (Illinois) Police Department.