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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 5, 2000
NEWS FROM: Public Safety
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DMV & PS Director Appoints Deputy Director of Public Safety
Law enforcement veteran to lead Public Safety Divisions

Mr. Bernard Curtis was named today as Deputy Director of Public Safety by the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety, John Drew. "I am very pleased to appoint Bernie Curtis as Deputy Director of Public Safety," said Drew. "His years of service in law enforcement and his impressive qualifications make him the ideal person to lead the Public Safety Divisions of the Department."

Curtis will oversee all statewide functions of Public Safety, including: Nevada Highway Patrol, Parole and Probation, Nevada Division of Investigation, Capitol Police, Fire Marshal, Emergency Management, Office of Traffic Safety, Criminal Justice Assistance and the Training Division.

Mr. Curtis began his law enforcement career in 1968, serving as Deputy Sheriff for the Butte County Sheriff's Department in Oroville, California. He served as Deputy Sheriff and Undersheriff for Douglas County from 1972 to 1994, and he worked for the San Juan County Sheriff's Department as Deputy Sheriff in Friday Harbor, Washington. His most recent appointment was with the Carson City Sheriff's Department, serving as Chief Deputy. In additional to basic and advanced P.O.S.T. certification in California, Nevada and Washington, Curtis' impressive training credentials include: the FBI National Academy, the Federal Emergency Management Institute, the National Institute of Corrections, the I.B.M. Corp. Information Systems for Law Enforcement, the Marine Law Enforcement Training Program, the National Sheriff's Institute and the Traffic Institute at Northwestern University. Mr. Curtis replaces former Deputy Director, Ray Sparks, who recently retired from state service.

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