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|A number of Washoe County School District administrators have special 'undercover' plates on their unmarked district cars, says a critic of the district.|
plates are typically issued to law enforcement agencies
for undercover operations," says James Clark,
chairman of Citizens Associated for Responsible Education
in our Schools (CARES).
Called "cold" plates by law enforcement agencies, the license plates look like those issued to private citizens and normally can't be traced to a public agency except by other law enforcement personnel.
"We're having a hard time trying to understand why school district administrators need cold plates. The only conclusion we've been able to draw is that they are using these vehicles for personal use and don't want anyone to know about it," said Clark.
"Normally, vehicles exempt from registration fees are supposed to be clearly identified as 'For Official Use Only" and to bear plates clearly indicating such exemptions," he said.
According to the list provided by Clark, at least eight Washoe County administrators have the "cold" plates -- Superintendents Ken Grein, Jim Welsch and John Gascue, Associate Superintendents Paul Flemming and Jerry Holloway, Personnel Director Denese Gallues, Administrative Investigator Kelly Adams, and Director of Administrative Services Gil Folk.
Asked why the administrators had apparently been approved for the undercover plates, Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles assistant director and spokesman Gordon Absher said he could not confirm that the plates in question were unlisted.
far as an unlisted plate [goes], it is
our practice to maintain the integrity of the unlisted
plate," he said. "They are issued for a reason
and to discuss them especially in specifics, I just
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