This week, we’ll be sharing with you one of YOTO’s newest volunteers: Chris Nanos! Get to know a little more about the retired Pima County Sheriff and why he feels passionately about giving back to his community.

Name: Chris Nanos

Where are you from originally?

I’m originally from El Paso, Texas, but I’ve lived in the Tucson area for the past 34 years.

What was your first job?
I joined the El Paso Police Department in 1976… other than mowing lawns and helping my brother with his newspaper route, that was my very first job.

Where have you worked/volunteered?
I moved to Tucson in 1983 and joined the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Since then, I’ve served on a number of community boards and volunteered for a number of community projects… Habitat for Humanity, Pima Animal Care Center, Community Food Bank, etc.

What’s your favorite childhood memory?
I came from a very large family of 5 boys and 5 girls, so I have quite a few favorites… but I guess my all-time favorite was playing in the cotton fields when they were being irrigated. There were always being flooded with cool water during the hot summer months and since there was no swimming pool we could afford, the cold muddy waters made for a perfect substitute!

Please share one of your favorite quotes.
“There but for the grace of God go I.”  There is some dispute as to its origin, but it was always something my mom would say to us… so I give her the credit.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
We’ve always had dogs and they have all been so sweet, loving, and loyal… so I guess I’d have to be any one of our pet dogs! They get all of the love, hugs, and snacks anyone could ever want.

What do you like to do when you’re not volunteering at YOTO?
When I’m not volunteering my time at YOTO, I would to spend time with my beautiful wife Charlene… whether it be golfing, traveling, working out, or just relaxing. She’s what makes me go!

Why do you enjoy volunteering at YOTO?
I love being part of this community and if we want to influence our community’s future, then we need to influence our youth – for they truly are out future. YOTO is a great nonprofit that does just that.

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