Jacobson named new NCSO captain
Truckee will soon have a new police chief – and a new commander for the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office substation, when Capt. Gary Jacobson rotates into the position now occupied by Capt. Ken Duncan in the first week of April.
Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal plans to rotate his three commanders periodically, and Duncan will be going back to Nevada City to head up Patrol and Investigations Operations.
Since the Town of Truckee contracts with NCSO to provide law enforcement, the substation commander is also the police chief for Truckee.
Jacobson, 51, a 24-year NCSO veteran, previously served as commander of the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City and as Patrol and Investigations Operations Commander.
“I think the move up will be fantastic,” Jacobson said. He said he’s worked in Truckee during his time with NCSO, and looks forward to returning.
“I like the people in Truckee,” he said. “They are friendly and easy to talk to.”
Jacobson said he intends to carry on with the programs which Duncan started at the Truckee facility.
“The three captains are meeting on a regular basis so the changes will be as smooth as possible,” Jacobson said. “We will be able to step in with only a minor amount of disruption.”
The third of NCSO’s commanders, Capt. Bob Hamill, will be moving from command of Patrol and Investigations Operations to the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.
“We feel very fortunate to have Ken Duncan in control of patrol and operations in Nevada City,” Jacobson said. “He’s very good at it.”
Jacobson said his first target when he begins work in Truckee will be to get to know the community, and to become acquainted with the officers in the Truckee substation.
“One thing I learned a long time ago is that there are excellent officers serving up here,” he said.
Jacobson is married with two children and previously served in the U.S. Air Force. Before taking a job with Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, he worked with the district attorney’s office in Sacramento.
Duncan, the outgoing commander of the Truckee substation, said this is a difficult place to leave. He’s been commander of the Truckee facility since fall 1997.
“It isn’t my choice,” Duncan said. “I would prefer to stay. I love this community and the people here, and I have worked as hard as possible to make the office here more efficient. I’m not happy about it, but I’m a good soldier.”
Duncan said Truckee has been an extremely pleasant place to work, and commended the Town of Truckee for its efficiency.
“The town staff treated me and my officers with utmost respect and professionalism,” he said. “To be frank, I’m going to miss that. The Town of Truckee is the most efficient government organization I have seen.”
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