The Reno City Council unanimously confirmed Reno Police Chief Jason Soto as permanent chief on Wednesday.

Soto was appointed Acting Police Chief on April 10, 2015 after Chief Steve Pitts retired

Since being appointed, he's earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement with Distinction from Truckee Meadows Community College. 

"Chief Soto came from the ranks, has a tremendous amount of support not only from the department, from the community so I think it's safe to say everyone in the department is really excited to finally have it solidified that he is our chief of police," says Deputy Chief Tom Robinson.

Soto says he wants to work with other agencies to reduce gun violence on Reno streets. 

"We're really going to put some resources and equipment and some work into lowering and lessening that gun violence we see on the streets of Reno and it's going to be a zero tolerance policy." 

Soto has been employed with the Reno Police Department since 1996 serving in a variety of positions. 

The Reno City Charter states that the City Manager appoints the Chief of Police and the Reno City Council ratifies the appointment, which happened on April 11, 2018.