RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- News 4 has learned that Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras was fired from his position Friday.
Mieras served as the WCSD Police Chief for 12 years and he was employed with the district for a total of 20 years.
News 4 has obtained a statement from Mieras in regard to his termination:
"I have worked for five different superintendents over a 20 year period and have had an unblemished record. It has always been positive. I am not just disappointed in the decision, I am also hurt. I was not given a reason [for my termination], I was simply told by superintendent Pedro Martinez in a meeting on Friday that the district is going in a different direction and my services were no longer needed."
Public Information Officer Victoria Campbell was unaware of Mieras' termination when News 4 contacted her. After investigating, the Washoe County School District sent the following statement:
"In an effort to improve operations and support for schools in the Washoe County School District (WCSD), Superintendent Pedro Martinez has restructured a number of departments in the District. Those departments have already included English Language Learners (ELL), Special Education, the Office of School Performance, and now the WCSD School Police Department.
Part of the restructuring effort in the School Police Department has included a change in leadership for the department. We would like to thank Mike Mieras for his years of service to the staff and students of the Washoe County School District as Chief of School Police.
The WCSD and Mike Mieras have committed to continue discussing retirement possibilities while Mr. Mieras is on vacation."