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Potts retiring after 30 years " sort of

Jenny Goldsmith
Sierra Sun

After dedicating 30 years to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Russ Potts has decided it’s time to retire from law enforcement.

But the veteran deputy said he isn’t ready to turn in his badge for good.

“I’m still going to do some part-time work as assistant deputy,” Potts said. “After you’ve been doing something for so long, I think it helps mentally not to sever the ties right away.”

More than 200 North Shore residents attended Potts’ retirement party, demonstrating his dedication and commitment to community safety, said the department’s Lt. Allan Carter.

“People came from all walks of life,” Carter said. “Everyone knew him. He was a point of contact for everyone who lives here.”

Potts said his most significant contribution to the community was his work as a

resource officer for North Tahoe Middle School and High School.

“I don’t know if I will miss the police work a whole lot, but I will miss the interaction with the kids,” Potts said. “I’m hoping they’ll allow me to still work with the schools because to me, that is what’s most important.”

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department has yet to recruit a replacement for Potts, but will most likely postpone the process until school resumes in the fall, Carter said.

“He had a great rapport with the kids,” Carter said. “His continuance will be operative in helping the new fellow get situated.”

Potts said his retirement plans include a month long camping excursion through Washington this summer, spending more time on his mountain bike, riding his motorcycle and visiting with family.

“Mostly I’m looking forward to vacationing in Tahoe. That’s not something I’ve ever really been able to do,” the Tahoe Vista resident said.