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Town reviews police chief applications

Renee Shadforth

There’s a stack of paper on Truckee Town Manager Stephen L. Wright’s desk with the name of Truckee’s future police chief.

The applications, which Wright said he has yet to review in detail, list the experience of the 20 people vying to replace Truckee police Chief Dan Boon, who is retiring from the department this December.

“All of them have significant experience,” said Wright, who is in charge of finding Boon’s replacement. “Some of them have police chief experience. Others have high-rank police experience.”

Truckee police Cmdr. Scott Berry has applied for the chief of police post.

“I applied because I love it up here,” Berry said. “I want to continue what we have going in the department.”

Some of Berry’s fellow Rotarians have sent letters to Wright in support of moving Berry up to chief.

The process of hiring a police chief is a long one. Town of Truckee department heads will review the applications in coming weeks and narrow the number down to an interview pool. Bill Lewis, a consultant who helped form the Truckee Police Department in 2001, will also help select a chief.

Then, Wright will create an interview panel of town representatives and California police chiefs to select a chief. The applicants will also undergo background investigations and psychological evaluations.

Wright said he hopes to make an appointment by Dec. 1, so the new chief can work with Boon for at least one week to get adjusted.

The application deadline for the position was Friday evening. The advertised annual salary for the job ranges from $86,424 to $116,676 plus a benefit package. Requirements include at least three years of executive-level community policing experience, strong leadership, interpersonal skills and willingness for a high level of community interaction. A bachelor’s degree is also required.


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