Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The Laramie County Sheriff's Department named the new head of the Reserve Program on Friday. Melanie Gothard of Cheyenne is the head of the program, and is the first woman to be appointed to the position.
She officially took over the duties of Lieutenant and head of the Reserve Program on February 4th. Gothard is not only the first female to be at the helm of the Reserve Program, she's also the first Reserve Lieutenant in the history of the Sheriff's Department.
The Reserve Program began in 1976 under then Sheriff Dennis Flynn.
It consists of civilian volunteers who are certified Peace Officers and/or Detention Officers in the State of Wyoming. They have the same certification and hiring standards of any full time Peace Officer in the State while having the same law enforcement authority. Currently the Sheriff’s Department has 20 Reserve Deputies and 8 Community Service Volunteers.
In a press release, Sheriff Danny Glick said, “Gothard was selected based on her dedication to the program, demonstrated leadership, and continuously helping citizens of the County in so many ways”.
Gothard has worked with the Sheriff's Department in a number of different positions since 2003. She said she is very honored at the promotion, but has never thought about it as a, "gender-oriented thing" but is pleased to think that the Department thought she was a good choice for the post.
She says she'll miss doing mounted patrols and interacting with the public and that the reserve program can always use more volunteers. If you are interested in more information on the reserve program or in volunteering you can contact the Laramie County Sheriff Department at 307-633-4751. The contact person for the Reserve program is Lt. Hollingshead at LCSD.