Executive Board

Chris Collins

Executive Director

Chris was hired by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in January 1984. For the first six years of his career, he worked in the Patrol Division assigned to the Southeast Area Command and Northwest Area Command. In February 1990, he transferred to S.W.A.T. where he spent 12 years. In January 2002 he transferred to the Detective Bureau, where he spent time in both Domestic Violence and Robbery. In August 2002 he was appointed as the Assistant Executive Director at the LVPPA.

In October 2006, Chris was elected to succeed Dave Kallas as Executive Director of the Association.

Mark Chaparian

Assistant Executive Director

Mark has been a police officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department since 1991 and a United States Air Force veteran. He was a Field Training Officer for nine of his sixteen years in patrol. Mark became involved with the Las Vegas Police Protective Association when he was appointed a position with the 2004 Collective Bargaining Unit. Mark pursued his interest in serving when he was appointed as the Northwest Area Command Director in 2005. In 2007, Mark was then appointed to the Executive Board as Secretary of the Association. Mark was then asked to serve as the Assistant Executive Director in 2009, a position he holds today. Additionally, he serves as a Trustee for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Employee Health and Welfare Trust and as a Trustee on the Employee Benefit Trust.

Thomas Reid

Assistant Executive Director

Tom was hired as a Corrections Officer for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in July 1997. While at the Clark County Detention Center, Thomas became a member of the Special Emergency Response Team, a Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor. He was voted onto the Board of Directors of the LVPPA in 2000 and became an Executive Board Member in October 2004. Prior to being hired by LVMPD, Thomas was an Artillery Officer in the USMC. He is now in the USMC Reserves where he currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Mike Ramirez

Secretary

Mike was born and raised in Las Vegas. In 2005, he received the call that he was accepted into the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He started in patrol on the graveyard shift in the Southwest area command. When the Field Training program was implemented for the graveyard shift, he became a Field Training Officer. With his union experience in his prior line of work, he quickly developed an interest in the Las Vegas Police Protection Association. In 2008 he was appointed as the Southwest Area Command Director. Then Southwest turned into Enterprise area command. While still in patrol, Mike accepted the appointment to Executive Board of the LVPPA as the Secretary in 2013. In addition, Mike serves on the Donation Committee and PAC Committee as well as holds the position of Secretary of the LEAF Charities Committee.

Scott Nicholas

Treasurer

Scott was hired by the LVMPD as a Corrections Officer in February of 2000. Soon after graduation from the academy, Scott worked at Las Vegas City Jail where CCDC was housing 550 inmates. In 2001, Scott joined the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and was on the team for 9 years. In 2002, he transferred to the Central Booking Bureau where he remained until joining the Executive Board of the LVPPA.

In 2004, Scott became a Defensive Tactics Instructor and Firearms Instructor upon completion of the NRA training and all associated LVMPD training and certification. In 2006, Scott was elected to the LVPPA Board of Directors representing the Detention Services Division. In 2010, He was elected to a second term representing Detention Services. In March of 2012, Scott was appointed to the LVPPA Executive Board as the Secretary.

Kirk Hooten

Director of Governmental Affairs

Kirk was hired by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in February 1994. For the first three and a half years of his career, he worked in the Patrol Division assigned to the Southwest Area Command, Northwest Area Command, Support Services Bureau and Downtown Area Command. In September 1997, he transferred to the Vice/Narcotics Bureau where he spent almost fourteen years, with a total of one year in Vice and thirteen years in Narcotics. During his time in Narcotics, Kirk was assigned to Street Narcotics, the Marijuana Grow Initiative, and most notably, ten years on Federal Task Forces with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). While working with the DEA, Kirk was fortunate to have worked multiple international cases and traveled to Belgium, Spain, Thailand and Denmark in support of those cases.

In August 2008 Kirk was appointed to the LVPPA Board of directors as an At-Large representative and remained in that position until accepting a position as Director of Communications in August of 2011.

Darryl Clodt

Sergeant at Arms

I have been employed with the LVMPD since 1992. I spent my first five years on graveyard until I transferred to day shift as an FTO in William area for one year. In 1998, I transferred to the Gang Unit as part of the first Enforcement Team. Two years later, I transferred to day shift as part of the investigative team who investigated shootings, stabbings and other violent gang-related crimes. After 9/11, I was recalled back to active duty in the United States Air Force and after 24 years of Service, I retired from the USAF in 2008. In 2007, I joined the Counter-Terrorism Unit, where I traveled to and lived in Washington, D.C., as a liaison for the LVMPD to the Department of Homeland Security’s National Operations Center. I have been a Defensive Tactics Instructor for nearly my entire career and became a Firearms Instructor in 1998. I have been a Representative on the LVPPA Board since April 6, 2006. I spent the first year representing the Gang Unit and was appointed to an At-Large position representing Counter Terrorism, ARMOR, Emergency Management and the Department’s DOC. In 2009 Chris Collins and the Executive Board asked me to join the team as a full-time representative in the position of Secretary.

Rory Neslund

Director of Communications

Rory was hired by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in July 1992. Rory began his career as a cadet working at CCDC and Patrol Services. As a Police Officer, he worked in the Patrol Division assigned to the Southeast Area Command, Northwest Area Command, and Support Services Bureau. His time in patrol included being a FTO, COP, and PSU officer. Rory was also a resident officer in Laughlin. In 2003 he transferred to the Detective Bureau where he spent time in the Firearms Investigations Unit, Repeat Offenders Program (ROP), and Criminal Apprehension Team (CATS). These assignments included time on Federal Task Forces with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). While working in these positions, Rory was able to apprehend numerous violent criminals across the country and internationally.

Rory served on the LVPPA Board of Directors for several years as an area representative and as an At-Large representative. Rory accepted the Director of Communications position on the Executive Board in June 2012.

Board of Directors

Name Title/Position Year Term Ends
Chris Collins Executive Director 2017
Mark Chaparian Asst. Exec. Dir. appointed
Thomas Reid Asst. Exec. Dir. appointed
Mike Ramirez Secretary appointed
Scott Nicholas Treasurer appointed
Kirk Hooten Dir. of Gov. Affairs appointed
Darryl Clodt Sergeant-At-Arms appointed
Rory Neslund Dir. of Communications appointed
Guy Hui Airport 2014
Raquel "Kelly" Ramos At Large (1) appointed
Noel Roberts At Large (2) appointed
Luis Payan At Large (3) appointed
Brian Debecker At Large (4) appointed
Vito Pasqualicchio BAC 2016
Steve Grammas Bermuda 2016
Ben Rose CCAC 2015
Doug Perns CCDC - CBB 2014
David Compson Deputy City Marshal 2013
Vacant DTAC 2013
Bryon Bunitsky EAC 2015
Barry Jensen HQ (A1) 2013
Joe Giannone HQ (A2) 2013
Troy McArthur Detention - NTB 2016
Myron Hamm Detention – SOB 2013
Debra Lochner Detention – STB 2015
Bryan Yant HQ (B) 2015
Robert Sigal HQ (C) 2015
David Tomczak Resident (Laughlin) 2014
Michael Yandric Muni Court Marshals 2015
Tyler Todd NEAC / In Service 2016
Jonathan Riddle NWAC/Academy 2014
Henry Hoffman Resident North 2013
Michael Malone Retiree 2015
Hector Navarro SCAC 2014
Steve Mauri SEAC 2014
Duwayne Layton Special Units 2016
Charles Burgess Traffic 2016
***Appointed Terms - 1 Year