Lt. Baxley joins Truckee substation |

Lt. Baxley joins Truckee substation

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office recently announced the transfer of Lt. David Baxley, who brings his experience to Truckee and assists Capt. Gary Jacobson in the operations of the Truckee station and provides assistance with the NCSO Truckee division budget.

Baxley took the place of Sgt. Tom Carrington, who was recently promoted to lieutenant and transferred to Nevada City.

Raised in Grass Valley, Baxley has worked within the NCSO for 26 years.

After serving as a patrol sergeant for five and a half years, Baxley was promoted to the position of administrative sergeant and then to lieutenant in 1992.

Baxley is an expert in the area of peace officer background investigations and instructs others on the legalities of seeking background information on prospective employees during the hiring process.

To do so, he must continually remain updated on all federal and state court decisions. Every two months, the background investigation process must be upgraded in light of new court decisions. Baxley assists agencies across the state in updating this process.

In addition to training peace officers in background investigation procedures, Baxley has worked the past 12 years building and maintaining the NCSO operations budget. For the past seven years he was responsible for the jail’s $4 million budget.

In his spare time, Baxley teaches background investigating, report writing, basic firearms instruction and communications to peace officers for the Sacramento Public Safety Center.

“I love to teach,” Baxley said. “Through this involvement with the community, I give my expertise back to those out there on the street.”

Baxley said he holds three expectations for NCSO employees:

– Come to work and do the job right.

– Uphold standards that protect the safety of NCSO employees and the public.

– Have fun.

“The stress of the job can get you otherwise,” Baxley said.

From 1969 until 1973, Baxley commuted from Grass Valley to Truckee to work for a civil engineering firm surveying the Tahoe Donner area.

Just as he did then, Baxley will commute to work from Grass Valley where his wife works as the office manager of a physical therapy office.

Their daughter is a recent law school graduate (awaiting the results of the state bar exam) who works for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office.

Their son received his doctorate degree in chemistry and teaches at the college level. He is the father of the Baxleys’ one grandchild.

Baxley said he enjoys coming to Truckee for several reasons:

“I like the friendly attitude of the people,” he said. “I like the remodel and facelift of the town and I like the fresh air.

“I enjoy coming up here. Everyone’s friendly and has a positive attitude.”

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