Truckee Police pioneer to retire |

Truckee Police pioneer to retire

Jenny Goldsmith/Sierra SunTruckee Police Chief Scott Berry looks out of his office window on Friday after announcing he will retire from the department in September.

After building a police department from the ground up, climbing the ranks to become chief and dedicating 34 years to law enforcement, Truckee’s Chief of Police Scott Berry has announced his retirement.

“My goal is to get to all the major league baseball stadiums within the next few years,” Berry said with a chuckle during an interview Friday.

Throughout his law enforcement career, Berry has proven his dedication and commitment to community safety through his membership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, his completion of the FBI National Academy and longtime affiliation with the California Peace Officers’ Association, said Truckee Police Lt. Harwood Mitchell.

“He brought a wealth of experience to law enforcement in Truckee,” said Mitchell, who worked with Berry long before the birth of the Truckee Police Department seven years ago. “He will be greatly missed.”

Berry is second police chief in the department’s history. Former Chief Dan Boon and Berry built the department from scratch in 2001.

Throughout the department’s history Berry, first as commander and then as chief, instituted his own brand of policing “-community-oriented policing ” which focuses on developing relationships in the community and working with residents to proactively prevent and reduce crime.

Berry will continue to serve as chief until September, and said he hopes to assist with the transition of a new chief after his retirement.

“I plan to go forward over the next four months as if nothing is happening because we have a lot to do as a department and town,” Berry said.

On Thursday, the Town of Truckee approved a contract with search firm Avery and Associates to assist with locating qualified applicant.

The company will search both within the department and outside, said Vice Mayor Mark Brown.

“It’s going to be hard to fill his shoes,” Brown said. “It will be at least a four-month process to get the position filled.”

Over the next two weeks, the town will begin advertising for the position and will have 40 days to summon any eligible candidates. Applicants will then go through a 30-day background check, Brown said.

The town will also meet with key community stakeholders such as police department officials, members of the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the Downtown Merchants Association to discuss the future chief’s prerequisites, Brown said.

Aside from his ballpark-tour plans, Berry said he will continue to teach at Sierra College and reside in Truckee.

“I have some other opportunities coming up including helping my son start his new business along with traveling and doing some training with the consulting firm I have worked with in the past,” he said.

But Berry said he is sad to walk away from “the quality people from within and outside of the department.”

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