Reynolds removed from role in Police Department

Marlys BarkerEditor, Nevada Journal

Nevada’s Director of Fire and EMS Ray Reynolds has been removed from his position as sergeant with the city’s Police Department, Director of Public Safety Ric Martinez said Tuesday.

The move was made after the April 25 City Council meeting, but Martinez declined to elaborate about the reason for the move, saying it was a personnel issue.

Martinez also used that reason for not discussing why Reynolds has been off of work recently. Martinez said Reynolds will return to work next Tuesday, May 10.

Reynolds will retain his role as director of fire and EMS, Martinez said.

Martinez would not discuss specifics of the situation involving Reynolds, but only said he looks into any complaints about the department.

“If there are rumors, innuendos (in the community) … that’s what they are,” Martinez said. “If I have formal complaints, I check into those things … and handle them immediately. I don’t want problems, and if people are having concerns and issues, I check into them. I want this place to be a good working environment.”

As director of public safety, Martinez oversees both the city’s police and fire departments.

Martinez said when it comes to personnel issues, regardless if any action is taken, it’s an issue between administration and an employee and cannot be discussed publicly.

Reynold’s removal from his position in the Police Department leaves the department with just two sergeants; Matt Snyder on the day shift and Tracy Schmidt on the night shift.

Reynolds was sworn in as Nevada’s fire chief in April of 2014. He came to Nevada with 25 years of law enforcement and fire experience, including 18 years as director of the State Fire Marshal Division.

An attempts to reach Nevada City Administrator Elizabeth Hansen for comment was unsuccessful.