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New Sparks fire chief resigns before being sworn in (updated)


Update, Dec. 12

Four felony charges were filed against former Sparks Fire chief Mark Lawson for possession and sale of controlled substances. The charges were filed by Nevada’s Attorney General in Sparks Justice court and also included a count of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substances act. Lawson was charged alongside former Nevada Department of Corrections employee Lance Forrester, who faces two charges.

Lawson is set to be arraigned on Jan. 31, 2023. He was not arrested.

Original Story, Dec. 5

The City of Sparks’ pick for new fire chief, Mark Lawson, today resigned before he even took his position. Sparks Mayor Ed Lawson confirmed to This Is Reno his resignation. 

“I can’t talk about it because it is a personnel matter,” Mayor Lawson said.

Sparks City Manager Neil Krutz said he asked for Mark Lawson’s resignation Monday after confirming that “serious criminal charges” were soon to be filed against the fire chief.

Mark Lawson was hired Nov. 28 and was set to be sworn in Dec. 12. He was picked to replace former chief Jim Reid, who resigned after an ethics complaint was filed against him and a vote of no confidence

This story may be updated as additional details are confirmed. Watch Krutz’s video to Sparks Fire Department personnel below.

Bob Conrad
Bob Conradhttp://thisisreno.com
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. He is also a part time instructor at UNR and sits on the boards of the Nevada Press Association and Nevada Open Government Coalition.