High-profile officer leaves department

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By David Giuliani

Shawn Montoya, who had become increasingly high profile in the Las Vegas Police Department over the last couple of years, resigned this week, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

Gold wouldn’t provide any other information on Officer Montoya’s departure.

After Gold became chief last year, he named Montoya as the department’s grant writer, a new position intended to draw more state and federal money for the police. Montoya spent part of his time as a patrol officer and the other part as a grant writer.

After five Las Vegans died in a crash caused by a drunken driver in 2006, Montoya worked with the victims’ family members to lobby the state Legislature for stronger anti-DWI laws. He often attended the Legislature in his role as the Las Vegas Police Officers Association’s treasurer.

Montoya also became the department’s lead person pushing for resource officers at both high schools. He went into both schools and sought petition signatures in support of getting such officers.

In early February, Montoya appeared at a public meeting in which residents of armed resource officers on campus expressed their opposition. Gold and Montoya defended the program, saying it would provide a more secure environment.

In October, Montoya received a warning citation from state police after he got into an accident while responding to an emergency call.

Montoya is not listed in the local phone book.