Troy Tanner, Chief of Police
Troy Tanner was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Mesquite in May 2011. A native Nevadan, Chief Tanner has a long history with law enforcement in Southern Nevada. Between 1997 and 2001, as a sergeant with the Mesquite Police Department, Chief Tanner was recruited to work after hours as a TAC Instructor at the Southern Desert Regional Police Academy. During his tenure at the Academy, he instructed over 250 police/peace officer recruits and developed and implemented policies, procedures, and community policing scenario training for new recruits that are still in use today.
In July 2013, Governor Sandoval appointed Chief Tanner to serve as a Commissioner on the Nevada Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission. Prior to his appointment, Tanner had previously worked with the commission as he assisted in the conversion of the NV Post Academy courses into 30 college credits and developed the first community policing training in the State.
As a member of the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association, Chief Tanner serves on the Executive Board of Directors as the Secretary.
Chief Tanner began his law enforcement career in 1995 as a corrections officer and advanced through the ranks of patrol officer, K-9 officer, patrol sergeant, administrative sergeant, detective sergeant, and lieutenant before his appointment to Chief of Police. As a lieutenant, Tanner had under his command the detective division, SWAT, school resource officers, public information officer, and the K-9, and motor divisions. While serving as a sergeant, Chief Tanner was recognized by the Drug Enforcement Administration for “Outstanding Contributions In The Field Of Drug Law Enforcement.”
Chief Tanner is a graduate of the 236th session of the FBI National Academy and possesses an Executive Certificate issued by the Nevada Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission. Chief Tanner received his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Management from Grand Canyon University.
Scott Taylor promoted to Deputy Chief in November 2014; eighteen years after joining the Department. Over the years, Chief Taylor has played an active role in securing communications upgrades for the department. Chief Taylor is a member of the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association and was appointed to represent the Association as a member of the Nevada Public Safety Communications Committee in August 2014.
As Deputy Chief, Taylor provides the leadership and oversight of the Mesquite Detention Center, Communications Dispatch Center, and the Records and Evidence Division. He manages the SWAT Crisis Response Team, Drug Interdiction K-9 program, and the Training, Fleet Management, and Quartermaster programs. The Mesquite Police Volunteer Program and the Mesquite Animal Shelter also operate under his direction.
Chief Taylor began his career in Mesquite as a corrections officer. He advanced through the ranks of patrol officer, field training officer, patrol corporal, patrol sergeant, lieutenant, and captain prior to his promotion to Deputy Chief.
Chief Taylor is a graduate of the 236th session of the FBI National Academy and possesses an Executive Certificate issued by the Nevada Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission. Chief Taylor is a graduate of Weber State University.
MaQuade Chesley, Lieutenant