Nevada Fire Marshal Doyle Sutton and
his chief deputy, Dave Bowman, have quit and an internal
investigation and audit of the agency are underway, officials
Gov. Kenny Guinn said George Togliatti, head of the state Public
Safety Department, is "looking into things" following Sutton's
retirement and Bowman's decision to leave his job at the same time.
But Guinn added he wasn't aware of "anything criminal at this
Public Safety Department spokeswoman Kim Evans echoed Guinn's
remarks on the likelihood of no criminal charges. She said there
was no pressure from Togliatti to get the two employees to leave,
adding, "He didn't give them any kind of walking papers."
Evans said the audit of the fire marshal's office is routine,
given the loss of the two top people there. She also said the
internal investigation was focused on Bowman. Both Bowman and
Sutton left their posts effective Oct. 31.
"We're going to go from top to bottom to redesign that
division," Evans added.
Sutton, a former Truckee Meadows battalion chief with 30 years'
experience in fire services, was named chief of the state fire
marshal's office in late 2001.
Sutton began his career in 1975 as a firefighter with the
Truckee Meadows Fire Department in the Reno area and served as
battalion chief from 1980-90 before being appointed to
administrative battalion chief and training chief. He was promoted
to training chief and acting assistant fire chief in 1995.