It’s with great pride that I announce the promotions of Eric Pritchard to Lieutenant, and Donny Carter to Sergeant. Eric began his career as a Correctional Officer with Inyo County in 1999 and in 2000 was hired as a Deputy Sheriff, where he promoted through the ranks. Eric will serve as the Jail/Administrative Services Commander. Donny began his career with Inyo County in 2006 as a Deputy Sheriff and promoted through the ranks from there. Donny will serve as one of two Operations Sergeants for the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office. Congratulations to both!

-Sheriff Bill Lutze

Winter Travel and Safety Tips

It looks like a wintery weekend awaits residents and visitors of the Owens Valley.  With that said, I want to make sure that everyone is prepared! Roads and sidewalks can be very icy so please slow down and be careful when you exit your vehicle or go for a walk. Check your stoves and furnace for issues and make sure there are no blockages that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. DO NOT use heating items or barbeques that are not approved for inside use.  Always keep an emergency kit in your vehicle (which includes blankets, food and water, first aid kit, flashlight, emergency flares and necessary medications).   For more tips, check out FEMA’s guide to winter storms and extreme cold at

Stay safe and warm!

Bill Lutze, Sheriff