Adam Garcia talks in blind onion pizza

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Chief Adam Garcia speaks at the Pizza with Police event on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Adam Garcia stepped down from his position as Chief of Police to be Associate Vice President & Director of University Police Services in Las Vegas.

Adam Garcia is leaving his position as Chief of University Police Services after 18 years of service with UNRPD. Garcia will be taking the position of Associate Vice President & Director of University Police Services in Las Vegas.

The position in the Southern Command will have Garcia overseeing the consolidation of Police Services in Southern Nevada.

“This newly created position will work with the various campus and community stakeholders to consolidate public safety functions and provide law enforcement oversight, guidance and leadership at the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas, College of Southern Nevada, Nevada State College and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas,” Garcia said.

University Police Services in Northern Nevada consolidated over nearly two years, beginning in July 2016 and being deemed complete in early 2018. Institutions consolidated included the University of Nevada, Reno, the Desert Research Institute and Truckee Meadows Community College. Garcia led the consolidation effort, saving Nevada taxpayers more than $600,000 in the first year of consolidation, according to NevadaToday.

The Nevada Taxpayers Association awarded the Nevada System of Higher Education the Cashman Good Government Award for the efforts.

“As we found in northern Nevada, there is great potential to eliminate duplicative services and be fiscally responsible to our students and Nevada taxpayers, and above enhance safety at the four institutions,” Garcia said. “I am honored to have been chosen for this position and look forward to working with my colleagues at creating the safest campuses in the nation.”

Assistant Chief Todd Renwick will become interim Director of Police Services in Reno while a search takes place for Garcia’s permanent replacement.

Garcia served as Chief of Police upon his joining of the University Police Services in 2001. He was recognized as Director of the Year in 2016 by the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators — the largest association of campus safety professionals in the United States.

Olivia Ali can be reached at oali@sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @OliviaNAli.