Adam Hopkins is the youngest of 5 siblings and was born in Augusta, GA where his father was based at Fort Gordon. After graduating high school, he accepted a scholarship to attend New Mexico State University and received his Bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in Speech.
Throughout college Hopkins was a member in the Air Force ROTC program and worked full time to support his wife Rachael and their two children. From 1982 - 1987 Adam worked as a Mental Health Technician in the psychiatric unit at Memorial Medical Center Las Cruces. In this position he worked directly with patients who dealt with mental illness or suffered from drug and alcohol abuse, allowing him to understand the complexities of these maladies. Despite his full schedule, Adam persevered through his final semester and graduated second in command from his ROTC detachment.
In 1987 Hopkins was commissioned to active duty as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and moved his family to Sacramento to Mather AFB (Air Force Base). He was honorably discharged in 1988. From 1988-1990, Hopkins began a new position working as a Mental Health Technician for Truckee Meadows Community Hospital, now known as West Hills Hospital and its subsidiary hospital Willow Springs Center, where he primarily worked with adolescents and children.
In 1990 Hopkins was hired by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office where he attended High Sierra Law Enforcement Academy. In 1993, he was transferred to the Patrol division of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office where he worked until 1997 as a D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer, G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education And Training) Officer and one of the first CLO (Community Liaison Officers). In 1999 Hopkins was promoted to Patrol Sergeant. As a Patrol Sergeant he ran teams, leading them through new policies and procedures. This position allowed him to instill the compassion and values in others necessary to make our jails and community safer.
In 2005 Hopkins transferred back to the detention center. His work in detention as a Sergeant gave him the opportunity to teach others new ways of thinking, new ways of seeing, new ways of acting and new ways of being. This allowed him to utilize his background in education and combine his knowledge as an LE (Law Enforcement) officer. In 2006 Hopkins was chosen as Sergeant to oversee the bailiffs and provide security for the court complexes in Reno and Sparks. This position honed his political and communicational skills by allowing him to work closely with elected officials and the court system. In 2008 Hopkins was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to the jail where he supervised a number of deputies and civilians.
In 2011 Hopkins attended the National Jail Leadership Command Academy at Sam Houston State University where he learned new skills in running a jail. In 2012 Hopkins attended the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) in Boston, MA and was selected to be the Executive Lieutenant in Detention.
Hopkins retired in July of 2015 as a WCSO Lieutenant. Since then he has become a DOJ (Department of Justice) auditor for the PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) and continues to train LE (Law Enforcement offices) in LE related fields on high liability topics. Hopkins is on the Executive board of the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for the State of Nevada and is the training committee chair. Hopkins is the Zone 1 A Chair for Lions Club District 46 and the President of the Reno Cigar Lions Club.
Hopkins is a husband and has been has been married to his wife Rachael for 35 years. Together they have 3 children, Erin, Elliot and Eric, two daughter-in-laws Kirsten and Rachelle and a son-in-law Andrew. He is a grandfather to 9 grandchildren Felix, Dominic, Daniel, Noelle, Jaylee, Matthew, Rahlee, Hadlee and Hudson. Adam is devoted to his wife, his children and their families, his grandchildren and his community .
- American Jail Association (AJA) national conferences
- Tennessee Correctional Institute
- Texas Jail Association
- California Bail Agents Association
- Professional Bail Agents of the United States
- Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office
- Washoe County Sheriff’s Office
- Annie’s Bail Bonds – Reno NV
- Texas Jail Nurse
- California Corrections Association