Phil Galeoto is retiring as director of the Nevada Public Safety Department at the end of February. Galeoto, who spent most of his law enforcement career at the Reno Police Department, told NPSD workers in an email message, “I’m about to turn 61 in a couple of days. I’ve been involved in policing one way or another since 1974—doing it, managing it or teaching it. It’s time for me to go spend some time with my family and do the retirement thing.”
Raised in Battle Mountain, Galeoto attended the University of Nevada, Reno and held several jobs before joining the RPD. He became a familiar Reno figure in patrol, investigative and training assignments.
Galeoto was Gov. Jim Gibbons’ first appointment after the governor’s midnight oath-taking on Jan. 1. Gibbons claimed at the time that the early oath was necessary so that Nevadans could be reassured that state homeland security officials were appointed and “ready for any emergency.”