New Nevada City officers issue warnings, spark solutions |

New Nevada City officers issue warnings, spark solutions

After a just few weeks on the job, Nevada City community service officer Jack Ward already confiscated a skateboard, issued numerous warnings for downtown visitors to curb vehicle wheels and witnessed businesses beginning to solve parking concerns.

At first glance, it might look like a friendly, easy-going job but Ward’s new downtown patrolling is designed to address key problems business owners and residents say have bedeviled the city in recent years.

“We were encouraged to be gentle and kind,” said Ward, who is one of the two officers the city hired to patrol the downtown. Michael Hughes, a former Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy, also was hired.

The men were hired in an effort to resolve problems faced by downtown merchants and make the area more pleasant ” and more attractive ” for shoppers.

Ward has worked as a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles and Orange County, Sacramento and on the island of St. Croix.

Both patrol officers could issue citations for parking violations and numerous other city code violations as they see fit, but that’s not the ultimate plan, Ward said.

City council members didn’t intend for the officers to be heavy-handed, Ward said on a recent sunny, warm morning.

For more on the officers, see Wednesday’s edition of The Union.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail or call 477-4234.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User