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WCSD Superintendent Explains Police Chief Firing

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Pedro Martinez Pedro Martinez
Mike Mieras Mike Mieras
On Monday, the Washoe County School District confirmed that it had let go school Police Chief Mike Mieras, but wouldn't elaborate on the circumstances.
   
Today, Superintendent Pedro Martinez agreed to sit down with us for an interview.
   
Martinez says he has been in talks with the Board of Trustees for months looking at ways to improve the police department.
   
Mieras has been with the department for nearly 20 years and Martinez says he ultimately decided they needed a fresh set of eyes. "It is very difficult for any human being to be in a position for 20 years and to be able to look objectively and say, ‘yes, I can really be critical about what's going on in my department, I can make huge changes.’"
   
Martinez says he and Mieras talked on Friday and had hoped to keep the issue quiet.

The district is working on transitioning him into retirement.

Following the shooting at Sparks Middle School last fall, the district has been reworking its strategic plan to assess safety measures.
   
Martinez says looking at police department staffing is one of the main priorities. "When we look at our new, updated plan, our strategic plan through 2020, do we have the right leadership so that we can carry out that plan?"
   
Martinez says the district will be doing a national search for its new chief of police after the school year starts in the fall.
   
The deputy chief will hold the position until then.
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