TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The North Tahoe substation of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office is getting a new commander.
The Placer County Board of Supervisors this week honored retiring Capt. Jeff Ausnow for 27 years of service.
Ausnow, who began his career with Placer County in 1987 as a deputy sheriff at Lake Tahoe, has served as commander of the North Tahoe substation since 2010.
His last day is Friday.
“Jeff has performed with unfailing professionalism and conscientious attention to duty throughout his career,” Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner said in a statement. “He is an effective leader and skilled communicator who led with understanding and compassion accompanied by large doses of humor.”
Prior to joining PCSO, Ausnow, who was raised in Placer County and graduated from Colfax High School in 1981, served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer, as an officer with the state department, and as a deputy sheriff for Modoc County.
Although working for his hometown sheriff’s office was his first choice, a hiring freeze in Placer County forced him to go elsewhere for work.
“Once they lifted the hiring freeze in Placer, I came right back,” Ausnow said in a statement. “I have wanted to be a policeman since I was in Kindergarten and the chance to do that in my own community has been incredible.”
In addition to serving as Public Information Officer, Ausnow was on the SWAT team for 21 years and served as an instructor for defensive tactics, impact weapons and physical skills.
As a retiree, Ausnow plans to run his business, Auburn-based Advanced Performance Coating, and spend more time with family.
“I wouldn’t trade my experience working with the sheriff’s office in my community for the world,” Ausnow said. “I’ve been so fortunate to really become part of what makes Placer County great.”
PCSO Lt. Dennis Walsh was recently promoted to the rank of captain and will assume command of the North Tahoe substation at Burton Creek near Tahoe City.
A PCSO employee since 1993, Walsh was promoted to sergeant in 2003 and lieutenant in 2010, and has worked assignments in patrol and corrections, and supervised the Crimes Against Persons Unit in investigations.
Walsh most recently led the transition team that coordinated the recent opening of the South Placer Adult Correctional Facility.