Commission Directory

Jason Soto
Commission Chairman

Police Chief Jason Soto began his career with the Reno Police Department in 1997. Chief Soto has worked a variety of assignments to include the Patrol Division, Horse Mounted Unit, Police Training Officer, Background Investigator, and Chief Polygraph Examiner. Chief Soto is the former President of the Reno Police Protective Association where he became nationally recognized in collective bargaining, police officer rights, and discipline and working conditions. He is also recognized for his training and seminars on labor management topics.

Chief Soto has a strong belief in community interaction and has donated hundreds of hours to local charities including the Special Olympics, Mom’s on the Run, and the American Cancer Society.

Chief Soto comes from a family dedicated to law enforcement and has proudly lived in the Reno area since 1978.

Chief Soto has a degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working toward a second degree in Public Administration.

John McGrath
Commissioner
Deputy Chief McGrath is a twenty six year police veteran with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.  He is currently assigned as the Deputy Chief of the Professional Standards Division, which includes the police academy and all facets of training within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Deputy Chief McGrath was the Bureau Commander over the Office of Internal Oversight and Constitutional Policing, Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Internal Affairs Bureau, and within the Patrol Division at Northwest Area Command. His previous assignments include the Gang Crimes Bureau, Auto Theft Task Force, Property Crimes, and Field Training.  Deputy Chief McGrath graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts. 
Michele Freeman
Commissioner

Michele Freeman presently serves as Chief for the City of Las Vegas Department of Detention & Enforcement.  Her law enforcement career began at the City of Las Vegas over 21 years ago when she accepted the position of Corrections Officer.  She was promoted through the ranks serving as Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and a privileged member of the department’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) prior to being named Deputy Chief in 2006.  Michele was appointed Acting Chief in January 2011 and transitioned into her current role as Chief in June 2011. She is leading 337 civilian and Category I, II and III sworn employees as well as providing fiscal management of the department’s $63 million dollar budget.  Chief Freeman is a Certified Jail Manager, one of only 7 in the State of Nevada.  She has effectuated a number of noteworthy changes during her tenure, taking exceptional pride in her perseverance and completion in revising several policies and documentation practices, focusing on the most critical areas in law enforcement.  Her expertise and knowledge allowed for the creation and management of detailed staffing plans which led to maximizing personnel resources as well as the development and implementation of a reliable, valid, and credible Field Training Program for the City of Las Vegas Corrections Officers.  Chief Freeman is a graduate of the 249th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.  This is a prestigious and rare distinction as participation is by invitation only and annually just eight Nevada law enforcement leaders are afforded the opportunity. Education and training are two of Michele’s great passions.  She leads by example in her commitment to developing the work force, consistently educating herself and seeking opportunities to improve.  She is a graduate of the 206th class of the renowned Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, a Master’s Certificate in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a strong emphasis in Sociology and Psychology, and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts.  She is the recipient of both Management and Executive Certifications from the Nevada State Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T) which is the highest certifications awarded to sworn personnel.

 

James Ketsaa
Commissioner

Chief James R. Ketsaa has over 36 years of law enforcement/public safety experience.  Ketsaa began his career as a professional firefighter/EMT and Police Officer in the State of New York.  He began his service with the Clark County School District Police Department in 1991 as a campus police officer, and he was appointed Chief of Police in 2012.  Prior to assuming the role of Chief of Police, Ketsaa served as a campus police officer, patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and deputy chief. Since being appointed Chief of Police, Ketsaa has been at the forefront of fostering a change in the department’s culture which now embraces professionalism, accountability, and transparency.   Under his watch, the department has employed body cameras and Tasers, implemented a motorcycle unit, provided supervisors with datacasting capabilities and expanded the department’s community outreach/youth engagement events.  Chief Ketsaa has earned numerous awards and commendations.  He has completed hundreds of hours of police and public safety training and has earned a Nevada POST Executive Certification.  He has participated in a variety of law enforcement community events including the Nevada Law Enforcement Memorial Run.  He is a strong advocate for community supported events including safety fairs, safety forums, and the Nevada Special Olympics.  Chief Ketsaa is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Nevada Chiefs and Sheriffs Association and is on the advisory board of the National School Safety Advisory Council. The CCSDPD provides law enforcement services to the Clark County School District (CCSD) which is the fifth-largest school district in the United States. The Department provides law enforcement services to approximately 320,000 students and 40,000 employees.  The CCSDPD jurisdiction covers 7,910 square miles and includes all of Clark County, Nevada, including the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, and Mesquite; as well as all outlying communities and rural areas.     

 

Kevin McKinney
Commissioner
Lt. Kevin McKinney started his career in law enforcement in 1988 in Idaho, working for the Homedale, Police Department and the Nampa Police Department.   Lt. McKinney moved to Nevada and began working with the Elko County Sheriff’s Office in 1999. Lt. McKinney is currently the Operations Division Lieutenant and has held positions as a Patrol Deputy, a Detective, a Detective Sergeant, the Detention Division Lieutenant and as the Interim Undersheriff with the Sheriff’s Office. Lt. McKinney has instructed various trainings in the areas of Criminal Investigations, Sexual Assault Investigations Child Abuse Investigations, and Interview and Interrogation. Lt. McKinney graduated from the 261st Session of the FBI National Academy in 2015 and is currently working on obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.
Ben Reed
Commissioner

 

Elko Police Chief Ben Reed became the Chief of the Elko, Nevada Police Department in October 2013.  He has over 36 years’ experience working in all facets of municipal law enforcement including Administration, Field Operations, and Detectives.  He has extensive training and field experience in leadership, incident command, emergency management, community oriented policing, field supervision and personnel management.

Chief Reed started his law enforcement career in 1979 as a Police Cadet with the Redding, CA Police Department.  He worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Shasta County, CA Sheriff’s Office in 1980, assigned to the Boating Safety Unit at Lake Shasta.  He worked as a Police Officer for the Woodland, CA Police Department from 1980 to 1985.  He then spent the remaining 26 years working for the Redding, CA Police Department from 1985 to 2010 holding the ranks of police officer, investigator, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. As a Police Captain, he commanded the Administrative Services Division for four years, until he retired in 2010.  He holds an Associate in Arts degree in the Administration of Justice and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute in 1994 and the F.B.I. National Academy, Session 221, in Quantico, Virginia in 2005. 

Chief Reed has supervised or commanded various specialized units to include patrol operations, property crimes detectives, major crimes detectives, drug and narcotics task force, computer crimes task force, records, property and evidence, training, personnel and promotions, motor vehicle fleet, defensive tactics, honor guard, police canines, police explorers, anti-terrorism investigations, police cadets, and emergency services.

Chief Reed is involved in many community, regional, and national organizations: the Western Folklife Center (Elko, NV), the Great Basin Elks Lodge, the Operations Board of the Elko Central Dispatch Authority, the Northeastern Nevada Museum, the Rotary Club of Elko, the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs Association, the FBI National Academy Associates, the Nevada Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  In addition, he is the Chairman of the Community Foundation of Elko County, and the Chairman of the Elko County Enhanced 911 Advisory Board.

His ongoing goals are to provide strong ethical leadership, utilize community oriented policing techniques, provide modern police management, institute nationally recognized best practices, and provide a high level of law enforcement service to the citizens and visitors of Elko and the overall law enforcement community of Nevada.  

Timothy Shea
Commissioner

 

Chief Shea began his law enforcement career over 45 years ago when, at 18, he was selected for a paid internship program with the El Cajon (CA) Police Department.  This program combined on the job experience and training with full time college programs at San Diego State University.  The goal was to develop future law enforcement leaders and managers.

At age 21, Chief Shea became a San Diego County Deputy Sheriff. Following academy graduation, he was assigned to Detention and Corrections Bureau, Central Jail for almost two years. Duty assignments followed as a patrol deputy working through-out San Diego County, to include assignments at the international border at Tijuana.  His last assignment was in traffic enforcement as an Accident Reconstructionist.   He also served as a Field Training Officer, and assisted at the Sheriff’s Academy.  

After 8 years with San Diego County, family obligations forced a move to the Pacific Northwest.  There Chief Shea joined the Seattle Police Department as a Police Officer. As a patrol officer he worked all four of Seattle’s precincts and their diverse communities.   He was assigned to SWAT, was a Field training Officer, and helped re-write Seattle’s Field Training Program.  After four years he lateralled to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, which is located directly north of Seattle.  

Chief Shea was with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office for over 28 years.  He started his tenure as a Deputy Sheriff, working patrol assignments through-out the county.  He promoted through the ranks ending his service as a Bureau Chief, commanding the Field Operations Bureau.  During his 28 year tenure, Chief Shea held a wide variety of positions and responsibilities.  These included commanding Patrol Precincts, the Investigations Division, Personnel Services Division, Research and Development and for 11 years, the Special Operations Division which had 18 operational units including Mounted, Aviation, Marine Operations, Search and Rescue, SWAT, the Civil Disturbance Unit, Armored Support Unit and the Honor Guard.   

Retiring from the Sheriff’s Office in late 2013, Chief Shea moved to the Las Vegas area.  He served as the Supervising Marshal for the Las Vegas Justice Court, then in June 2016, became Chief of Police for Boulder City.  

Chief Shea also served over 20 years in the United States Coast Guard as a reservist.   

Chief Shea as two Associate’s Degrees, an AS in Criminology and an AA in the Administration of Justice. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Justice.   He is a graduate the Washington State’s Command College and the FBI National Academy, Session 228.