Nevada's Highway Patrol chief and one of his majors have been relieved of duty pending an investigation into harassment allegations, authorities said.
Col. David Hosmer and Maj. Robert Wideman, chief of the Northern
Command, were relieved of duty Friday, the Nevada Department of
Public Safety said.
Until the issue is resolved, Public Safety Director George
Togliatti and Maj. Phil Brown, of the Northern Command, are
splitting the duties of running the patrol.
The investigation reportedly concerns comments concerning Capt.
Jacquelyn Sandage, an 11-year veteran who rose through the ranks to
become the agency's first female lieutenant and then captain, the
Nevada Appeal reported Tuesday.
Sandage was in charge of traffic, commercial and administrative
operations at Northern Command headquarters in Reno but was
transferred to the NHP training center about a month ago.
Public affairs spokeswoman Kim Evans said she wasn't certain
whether Sandage's transfer was related to the investigation.
Hosmer has been head of NHP since September 2001. He has nearly
30 years' experience in law enforcement. His tenure with the state
began as an NHP trooper, but he transferred to the Nevada Division
of Investigations after three years. He rose to become head of NDI,
holding that position five years before being named colonel in
charge of NHP.
Wideman has been with the department 28 years in a variety of
assignments in Reno, Las Vegas and rural areas, including Fallon.
He was also head of the public safety department's records and
technology division. He has been a major reporting directly to
Hosmer since 2002.