For centuries, Law Enforcement has been a career that included generations of families. It was often common to hear statements like “I am a police officer, as was my father and his father before him.” This has been a grand tradition for many years, although not as prevalent in recent times. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to have just such a family tradition within their ranks. Currently, there are three generations of the Starin family working for YCSO. Clay Starin, father and grandfather, has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 32 years, and will soon be retiring. His son, Dave Starin has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 16 years, and serves as a Captain over the patrol bureau. Recently, the Sheriff’s Office welcomed in to its ranks Dave Starin’s son, Shane Starin, who currently serves in the Detention Division. This is unique in that it is the first time in known history that three generations have served at the same time. This is, however, somewhat short-lived.
Today, Deputy Clay Starin will retire from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office after more than 32 years of dedicated service. Clay began his service with the sheriff’s office as a reserve deputy under Sheriff Al Ayers in 1973. Clay went full time in 1975 and began his career working in the jail. In 1977 Clay transferred to the Patrol Division. Clay was the first motorcycle officer for the Sheriff’s Office and was one of the original SWAT Team members. In 1993 Clay became the first warrant deputy where he remained until his retirement. During his tenure as a warrants deputy Clay generated nearly 1,200 wanted persons reports and made over 4,000 arrests. Clay was Employee of the Fiscal Year for 98/99 and received his 30 year recognition with the county in 2005. During his time with the Sheriff’s Office Clay served under 4 sheriffs’. Clay says he will miss the people he has worked with the most but he’s looking forward to spending time with his wife Vicki and getting those projects he’s put off for so long done.
Clay may be leaving the Sheriff’s Office but he leaves behind a grand legacy. Both his son and his grandson will continue to carry on the family tradition of law enforcement service to Yavapai County and its citizens. When asked why he decided on the Sheriff’s Office Shane said he wanted to carry on the family tradition.
We at the Sheriff’s Office will miss Clay. He had an impact on all those he worked and trained. It is gratifying to know that his legacy will continue with the other two generations of Starin’s still serving at YCSO.