About the Sheriff’s Office

Mission Statement

  • We, the employees of the Navajo County Sheriff's Office, are committed to providing all individuals a safe environment using innovative techniques and resources while being sensitive to the needs of each community.
  • We will respond in a timely manner with respect, dignity, and compassion when called upon.
  • We will make all decisions based on the highest ethical and moral standards and will accept responsibility for our actions.
  • We will work proactively with our citizens and communities providing effective leadership while ensuring quality services.
  • We as professionals view our responsibilities as a covenant of public trust.


Sheriff David Clouse in cowboy hat Sheriff David Clouse was sworn in as the 18th Sheriff of Navajo County on February 12, 2019. Sheriff Clouse has been with the Navajo County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. He attended the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy in Phoenix, Arizona, and started his career with NCSO as a patrol Deputy later promoted up the ranks to Sheriff. He began his career working in Heber and has since worked in every community NCSO covers. He was named Deputy of the Year in 2011 and Supervisor of the year in 2016. He was promoted to Sergeant and then Detective Sergeant. Sheriff Clark later appointed him as Deputy Chief in 2018. As Deputy Chief, he was in command of Patrol, Dispatch, Training, Criminal Investigations, Property and Evidence, Civil Division, and Training. Sheriff Clouse has had a successful career with NCSO since 2009 promoting and serving in several different functions and receiving hundreds of hours of advanced training in leadership and Law Enforcement practices.

Sheriff Clouse attended and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in Emergency Management. He is currently attending Arizona State University and working on graduate courses.

Sheriff Clouse has generational ties to Navajo County and the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Clouse is the grandson of former Sheriff, Glen L. Flake who served as Sheriff of Navajo County for 12 years and in law enforcement for a total of 29 years within Navajo County. David's great-grandfather, S Eugene Flake was also a Deputy for Navajo County in the 1930s and 40's. David and his wife Angela, along with their 4 daughters make their home in Snowflake. That makes 7 generations who have lived in Snowflake and he lives on the same block as his great grandfathers did, his roots in Navajo County run deep.

The Sheriff's Office is comprised of many units: Patrol, Communications, Criminal Investigations, Evidence, Administration, Adult Detention (Jail), Training, and Search and Rescue. The Sheriff's Office also sponsors the Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers who assist the uniformed deputies and local law enforcement partners in numerous areas whenever called upon, saving county taxpayer dollars.