Reno City Council confirms Nance as Chief of Police

Published: Jan. 11, 2023 at 7:23 AM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Update at 1:23 p.m.: The Reno City Council has officially confirmed Kathryn Nance as the city’s Chief of Police.

Nance will be sworn in officially in February.

“I am incredibly proud to start my role as Reno’s Chief of Police,” said Chief Nance. “I look forward to jumping right in and working with the RPD team to support the community’s needs, while also strengthening the department and providing stability for staff. I’m overwhelmed by the genuine kindness and sense of community I’ve experienced in Reno thus far, and I could not be more excited to get to work.”

Nance replaces longtime Reno Chief of Police Jason Soto, who retired this month after more than 25 years with the department.

“I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to our former Chief of Police, Jason Soto, for serving our community with passion and grace for over two decades. Reno is a better and safer place because of his leadership,” said Reno City Manager Doug Thornley. “I can’t think of a better person than Chief Nance to pick up where he’s leaving off.”

Original Article: The Reno City Council could be selecting a new Reno police chief Wednesday. City council members will be discussing the appointment of Stockton Deputy Chief Kathyrn Nance.

It comes nearly a week after she was nominated by Reno city manager Doug Thornley.

In a statement, Thornley said quote:

“Kathryn brings the experience, dedication, and determination we’re looking for in our next Chief of Police. We know public safety is a top priority for our residents, as is a Chief of Police who’s relatable and able to connect with individuals from all backgrounds. I have every confidence she will lead us well in continuing to build a safe community that people are proud to call home.”

Nance has over 26 years of law enforcement experience and is responsible for nearly 400 sworn and professional employees with the Stockton Police Department. Prior to the role, she held several other leadership roles.

KOLO 8 spoke to her at a recent meet and greet. You can find more information here.

The discussion is happening Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Reno City Council Chamber. You can also watch it on here.