RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- New information is surfacing regarding the abrupt dismissal of Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras. Some School Board members told News 4 they were not told before hand.
Board President Barbara Clark said she learned late Friday, but stood by the decision made by Superintendent Pedro Martinez. "That is what we hire a superintendent to do, to make sure the heads of the departments are the right people for where we are at, as this is his job. He has the right to look at his leadership team and make those kinds of decisions."
On Monday, the Washoe County School District issued a statement:
"In an effort to improve operations and support for schools in the Washoe County School District, Superintendent Pedro Martinez has restructured a number of departments in the District. Those departments have already included English Language Learners, 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."
Clark said she did not know any details or plans involving a restructuring of the School Police Department, but said she was confident Martinez would bring his plans forward to the Board. "I don't know what Superintendent Martinez has in hand, but he does always share when we get to the planning and visioning of the district, as this is a joint team effort. Also, these discussions happen in public."
Trustee Dave Aiazzi said he did not know about the dismissal until after it happened. "I got an email yesterday that the Chief of Police had been let go from the District."
Aiazzi also supports Martinez in making personnel changes; however, he said he would have preferred Martinez handled this situation differently. "I wish that we had more knowledge about what was happening, but we're not required to have that knowledge. I just think it would have been easier on the public if he would have done this in a different way."
Aiazzi also said he was in the dark about restructuring mentioned in Monday's statement. "I haven't heard of any restructuring at the School District. We just went through our budget and all of that. It never came up that there's been a major restructuring at the School District."
Aiazzi confirmed Mieras was still in negotiations over a retirement package with the School District.