87°F
weather icon Partly Cloudy

New marshals patrol desert conservation area

Two of Boulder City’s newest public safety officers have found their dream jobs as desert conservation marshals.

In January, the police department hired Chuck Harvey and Derrick Pearson, both retired police officers from the Metropolitan Police Department in Las Vegas, to work part time enforcing the rules and regulations in the Clark County Conservation Easement in Boulder City as well as educating the public about it.

“Since I’ve been doing it, it’s been the dream job. … Not only am I a police officer, I’m four-wheeling and educating the public,” said Pearson.

Harvey said he also enjoys spending time in the desert, devoting many hours to competing in off-road motorcycle races.

“I like going out in the desert, riding and racing, so thought it would be a good fit. … I get paid to do something I enjoy doing,” he said. “I also care about the desert and do a lot of cleaning up out there.”

“They are seasoned police officers,” said Boulder City Police Lt. Vince Albowicz, who helps supervise the desert conservation program. “They have a lot of experience.”

Harvey and Pearson’s responsibilities used to be covered by a Boulder City Police officer, but a new partnership with Clark County allowed their positions to be created. Albowicz said they will increase efficiency within the department’s budget because the money for their positions is provided by the county.

“By creating those two marshal positions we were able to put that … (officer) position back into the city,” said Albowicz. “We’re able to meet everyone’s needs.”

Pearson started working as a public safety officer in 1987 at the University of Delaware. He came to Las Vegas in 1993 and worked as a reserve police officer in Boulder City after he graduated from the academy. From there, he started working with the Clark County Park Police and then the Sheriff’s Civil Bureau, which was eventually taken over by the Metropolitan Police Department. He retired from Metro in January right before starting his work as a desert conservation marshal.

He said his favorite part of the job is being outdoors and seeing the wildlife and the mountains.

“It just puts you in a different place. … Out there in the desert, it’s just very peaceful,” he said. “A lot of the people out there want the same thing.”

He said he still spends a lot of time in the desert when he’s not working because he enjoys it so much.

“Me and my wife are avid campers,” he said. “We bought an off-highway vehicle and we go jeeping on a constant basis.”

Harvey also spends a lot of time in the desert in his spare time, and said his favorite part of the job is just being out there and seeing the wildlife as well as talking to off-roaders and telling them where they can legally ride.

“It’s educational,” he said.

Like Pearson, Harvey was a reserve officer in Boulder City at the beginning of his public safety career. He then went to Metro, where he worked until 2017 when he retired. While with Metro, he worked as motorcycle officer and did search and rescue in the desert.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at cgoodyear@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Schools report smooth return

Parents can finally exhale after a long summer of kids in the house as school is back in session in Boulder City. On Monday, Aug. 8, all four schools in town welcomed back students for the 2022-23 school year in an orderly fashion without any mishaps.

Council OKs plan to remove turf

Water was once again the main focus for City Council. At its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 9, an agreement with the Southern Nevada Water Association that will remove turf in Boulder City to save on water was approved 4-0 by the council.

Council gets first look at Nevada Way remodel

The Boulder City Council was introduced to a project that will remodel and rehabilitate the stretch of Nevada Way from Wyoming to Park streets during its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 9.

More human remains found at Lake Mead

More human remains have been found at Lake Mead, according to officials at the national recreation area.

Fire department targets sites to improve response times

Two locations are being targeted for a new Boulder City Fire substation that the City Council approved last month to help the department improve response time to emergencies. The proposed new fire station, labeled Station 122, is looking at sites at Quartzite Road and Nevada Way as well as near the library at 701 Adams Boulevard. The city owns land in both locations.

Ex-manager sues city; claims retaliation

Former City Manager Al Noyola filed a lawsuit against the city Friday, July 29, alleging that his civil rights were violated when he was fired Oct. 13, 2020.

School begins Monday

School is almost back in session for the quartet of schools in Boulder City.

Storms cause minor damage

Monsoon season brought damage to Boulder City as the town was hit with a collection of storms last week. Luckily, the city was able to handle the storms in an efficient manner, according to officials, who dealt with the typical gravel and rock erosion, power outages and roof leaks.

Lend A Hand awarded $101K from state

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Nevada has awarded $30 million in Community Recovery Grants to nonprofit organizations including Lend A Hand of Boulder City. The local organization was one of the 30-plus applicants that received money funded by American Rescue Act Plan dollars.

Drought drives tough talks to cut water use

Nevada and two of its neighboring Southwestern states are still working on ways to drastically cut water use from the Colorado River as a deadline set by the federal government to address the worsening conditions along the river quickly approaches.