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Residents to help choose police chief

DARIN OLDE, Sierra Sun

Attention Truckee residents: you can help choose the next police chief.

At least, in theory.

In their Aug. 17 meeting, Town Council approved a community outreach program that allows Truckee residents to voice comments directly to the town regarding the profile and personality of Truckee’s new police chief.

There are several features in the job description mandated from the State Commission on Police Officers Standards and Training (POST), but the purpose is to define a personality which will reflect the interests of the town.

“What kind of style the chief has can make a big difference. It has a great bearing on setting the tone for the police department,” Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Captain Gary Jacobson said.

“The chief must be in tune with the thoughts, attitudes and management styles of the council and city manager… For example, community-oriented policing is something the town may desire, so I would think choosing someone with that kind of experience would make a difference.”

The community involvement process is two-fold. First, Town Manager Steve Wright organized a list of interested community organizations and agencies and asked them to submit a written description of the ideal candidate.

Second, the town will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Truckee Donner Public Utility District board room to record comments from the public.

“The purpose of the meeting is to let the public define what the distinguishing characteristics of the police chief may be,” Town Manager Steve Wright said.

The other goal in the process as defined by the town is to heighten public communication.

The following agencies have been asked to participate in the process:

– Tahoe Donner Homeowners Association

– Glenshire Devonshire Homeowners Association

– Donner Lake Homeowners Association

– Sierra Meadows Homeowners Association

– Truckee Downtown Merchants Association

– Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce

– Mountain Area Preservation Foundation

– Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe

– Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors,

– La Cummunidad

– Sierra Nevada Children’s Services,

– Tahoe Forest Hospital

– Nevada County Probation Department and Judge Holmer.

– Nevada County Sheriff’s Office

– Placer County Sheriff’s Office

– Truckee Fire Protection District

– Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District

– California Highway Patrol (local)

– Town Department Heads

For more information about submitting comments, contact Town Manager Steve Wright at 582-7700.


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