It was a heartfelt as well as tearful farewell that Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen retired after 27 years as an officer of the Sparks Police Department – the last 7.5 years as Chief of Police.
Allen’s very emotional thank-you to the City of Sparks, his fellow officers and other emergency responders filled the council chambers as he, at times, forged on through his tears. Chief Allen said Sparks has always had great employees in every department, not just police. He heralded his wife as a consummate life-partner without whom he would not have had the career and the wonderful life he’s had. Chief Allen also proudly announced that his son will soon become a police officer. And with that, a sustained standing ovation from the City Council and the packed council chambers, all wishing Chief Allen many, many years of enjoyable retirement. Now “Citizen Allen” says he plans to remain very supportive of the Sparks Community and that he’ll be actively involved, as always, in keeping Sparks a great place to live.
Following the retirement of Police Chief Brian Allen, Mayor Ron Smith swore in Sparks’ new Fire Chief Jim Reid who succeeds outgoing Fire Chief Chris Maples, a more than 20 year veteran of the department. Reid also has had a lengthy career with the Sparks Fire Department.