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Truckee gets first police chief

DARIN OLDE, Sierra Sun

Town Manager Stephen L. Wright announced Tuesday Dan M. Boon has been appointed Truckee Police Department’s first police chief.

Boon’s appointment is the first of many to take place during the next several months as Truckee prepares to take over law enforcement responsibilities from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department on Sept. 1 of this year.

“I met the chief for the first time this afternoon, and I am certainly very impressed with him,” said Truckee Mayor Don McCormack. “I am very pleased with the selection. He has a very big job ahead of him.”

Boon, 52, is currently the police chief for the City of Pismo Beach, Calif., a resort community where he oversaw the formation of a new police station about two years ago. He has been the police chief there since 1995 and prior to that worked for the police department in Auburn for 16 years. Boon was second in command beginning in 1990. At that time the Auburn police force served about 13,000 residents.

Boon has a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from California State University in Sacramento and is a graduate from the Federal Bureau of Investigations Academy in Quantico, Va.

“I am just thrilled about this opportunity as well as being able to get back to the Sierra,” Boon said in a press release issued by the Town of Truckee on Jan. 9. Boon, who was born in Trenton, Mo., moved to the Sierra Nevada at an early age. He lived in Nevada, El Dorado and Placer counties.

“I am looking forward to working on this new challenge both with the town and with the department.”

Boon will assume his position with the town on Jan. 29, and immediately will begin developing the transition to allow for full operations on Sept. 1. The town is currently recruiting for both a police commander position and a police executive assistant (non-sworn), which will be the next positions filled during this transition period.

Last year, Truckee Town Council unanimously voted to create the town’s first police department after several years of consideration. Notice was given to Nevada County last August that the town would be starting its own police department effective this year.

“Dan and I have worked together for a number of years, and I look forward to working with him again,” Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Gary Jacobson said from the substation in Truckee. “He will be an excellent chief and be very good for the town of Truckee.”


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