The Washoe County Commission on Tuesday voted to initiate proceedings that would amend code to allow certain non-sworn employees the ability to issue parking tickets.
Washoe County sees an increase in illegally-parked vehicles on rights-of-way during summer. There have reportedly been problems in some neighborhoods, particularly Incline Village, where roadside parking occurs illegally.
Chapter 70 of the Washoe County Code currently states that sworn deputies and police officers must handle the issuance of parking citations. However, non-commissioned deputies and constables will soon be authorized to issue such tickets.
“By adding non-commissioned deputies and constables as appropriate classifications for the issuance of citations, illegal parking issues can be resolved without interrupting other law enforcement functions,” a report to commissioners said.
The County Clerk plans to submit a request to the Washoe County District Attorney for preparation of a proposed ordinance.
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.