Former School Police Chief talks about his lawsuit

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Updated: 8/27/2014 9:23 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The Washoe County School District is facing another lawsuit. This one is from its former police chief Mike Mieras.

Mieras spoke to reporters on Wednesday, one day after filing his lawsuit in District Court against the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent Pedro Martinez. Mieras said he simply wants his job back. "After 50 years growing up in this area, raising my family here and they're raising their families here, I want to move on and return back to the great job we've been doing."

Mieras said he is frustrated, disappointed and confused by his termination last June. School Superintendent Pedro Martinez, who is embroiled in his own lawsuit against the Board of Trustees for wrongful termination, said he let Mieras go due to a "restructuring."

Among other things, Mieras' lawsuit claims he was denied due process and was shorted in his payout of accurred sick leave and retirement benefits. "I was 45 days away from my 20 year milestone with PERS (Public Employee Retirement System) and yes, I think that is problematic for them."

His suit also alleges he was fired in retaliation for reporting "illegal and improper activities" by Martinez and the District Chief Counsel Randy Drake. The lawsuit is vague on what those activities are and neither Mieras nor his attorney, Ellen Winograd, would provide any further details. "Because we are now involved in litigation, I can't really provide any more information on that at this stage."

Mieras and Winograd confirmed they have been in talks with the District's outside legal counsel, Kent Robison. However, Merias said the talks "basically got shut down by Mr. Martinez." Robison was hired to represent the District and its' trustees in the lawsuit filed by Superintendent Martinez. "I don't know if Robison will represent the District in Mieras' lawsuit," Winograd said.

Mieras lawsuit is seperate from Martinez's suit and is on its own path. "The District will have 20 days to respond to our lawsuit," said Winograd.

In the meantime, the Trustees have agreed to offer Martinez a $25,000 settlement. Martinez will have ten days to respond. There is also a mediation hearing set for September 22 before Washoe District Judge David Hardy.

You can read more about the Mieras lawsuit in this electronic filing by the Washoe District Court.
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Paladin - 8/28/2014 12:01 PM
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LASD1096: There's times where I just have to agree with you!

CJW775reno - 8/28/2014 11:18 AM
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Why now? Why wait all this time? Timing is everything and this reeks of sour grapes. Just more waste of tax payer dollars that could and should be spent elsewhere, like on actually educating our youth. Don't believe a word being said here by this gentleman.

TheGumption - 8/28/2014 10:53 AM
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LASD - I'm curious, if his investigation is in the scope of his job and he found "illegal" activity, isn't it also within the scope of his job to file charges with the DA? If his investigation found illegal activity by Martinez why would he go to Martinez, the suspect, to tell him "look what I found on you"? That strikes me as odd. BTW, how lame can a person be to tell someone to not call the cops when in need and not deserving a response just because his opinion differs. In your view everyone can have an opinion only if it matches yours. Funny, I could have sworn we were in America.

LASD1096 - 8/28/2014 10:15 AM
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Good for Mike Mieras. He played it well by waiting and staying quiet but I am sure there is a lot more to his story and he is deserving of his job back. It was a crappy thing (being nice here) that Pedro did and I am sure there is some dirt about Pedro that will come out. And if the Chief was investigating district employees, that is in complete jurisdiction and scope of his job. Good work Chief, hope to see you back in your job soon and earning your PERS pension time! I know how deserving of it you are! Oh, and Tonysam, go away, your a pain in the ass and dont call the cops when your in need, you dont deserve their response.

Paladin - 8/28/2014 8:55 AM
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Tonysam, What an angry, sad little man you are. What happened in your past that made you this angry and quick to jump to conclusions? Let's let it play out and see just who is corrupt and who isn't.

tonysam - 8/28/2014 8:15 AM
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I seriously doubt we will hear of any "scandal" involving Martinez and Drake from Mieras and his lawyer. All of that kind of thing is confidential during discovery. I doubt there is anything Mieras really has unless it is something that is a worse reflection on Mieras than the people he's mad at. My own feeling is this entitled bum Mieras either wants his job back or to pad his pension further in a settlement agreement. His actions demonstrate he isn't deserving of his job back.

TheGumption - 8/27/2014 9:35 PM
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A little suspicious to be making all types of public comment since June and not file a wrongful termination suit until the end of August. Also, if the job is to be focused on the protection of students and staff in the schools his statement gives the appearance that he was using resources for some sort of personal investigation. When individuals give little detail but say 'the truth will come out' they often get burned when their own activities are brought to light. We'll see what comes out of this but the delayed timing, no details in the filing and trying to play this out in the media doesn't sit really well.

Shooter1 - 8/27/2014 8:06 PM
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There are a lot of BS problems with the School District right now, and these issues are not as important as allowing child molesters to continue to abuse children. I have personally been fighting the School District for ten years regarding their inability to have molesters prosecuted, and their greediness to accept pay-offs to keep quiet. Now, what do y'all want to really discuss?

tonysam - 8/27/2014 6:37 PM
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He'll get his little money to make up for the shortfall. He'll still be doing better than 90 percent or mroe of all retirees in America, not to mention his wife's added income of around 66k a year. The lawsuit is entirely frivolous and puts him in a bad light. Was he using public property, personnel, and money in "investigating" Martinez and Drake? That alone is a firing offense. He's not entitled to a public sector job just because he was there a long time. Time to move on.

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