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Truckee Police: Town aims to have new chief by January

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

Jason Shueh/Sierra SunTruckee Police Chief Nick Sensley will step down effective Nov. 11.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The next leader of the Truckee Police Department must be committed, community minded and highly collaborative with local and regional authorities, Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said this week.

Lashbrook is in the process of reviewing applicants for the position after recruitment began in October to replace Nick Sensley, who recently announced his resignation, effective Nov. 11, in order to pursue his long-time desire to assist in battling modern day slavery and human trafficking.

and#8220;Our goal would be to be interviewing candidates around Thanksgiving time and hopefully making a decision shortly thereafter,and#8221; said Lashbrook, adding the goal would be for a new chief to be in place by January.

Lashbrook will make the final selection, as hiring town staff is part of his duties as general manager, without need for formal town council approval. He said he will appoint a current captain and#8212; either Randy Fenn or Harwood Mitchell and#8212; as interim police chief once Sensley leaves.

Sensley said Wednesday his decision to retire after three years in the position was made to fill a long-term consultant position for Humanity United, a global peace building organization based out of Washington, D.C.

He will act as a consultant for Humanity United and#8212; founded by Pam Omidyar, wife of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, in 2005 and#8212; giving advice and support for the organization’s efforts in Sudan, Liberia and elsewhere.

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and#8220;Ultimately, what we have landed on is for me to help further their strategy to combat human trafficking and modern day slavery here in the United States while having a global impact,and#8221; Sensley said.

The group approached Sensley in May to discuss his potential role in their organization, with the two parties reaching an agreement in July.

Sensley said he opted to stay on into November in order to help with the transition and be available for consultation.

Lashbrook said he will look for a replacement who can gel with the unique characteristics of the town’s seasonal, cultural and geographic traits, and who is dedicated in the department’s development alongside town staff, town districts and regional government.

and#8220;Key traits I’d be looking for is someone who is committed and has a significant and positive profile in Truckee and in the broader community,and#8221; Lashbrook said.

During his time with the department, Lashbrook said Sensley succeeded in bringing in key staff and cultivating town relationships among districts and with the regional community.

Specifically, Lashbrook said Sensley built a healthy rapport with officials at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, as well as a peripheral view of how the police department supports the quality of life in Truckee.

With retirement, Sensley said he feels a sense of fulfillment in the role he played to develop the Truckee Police Department and yet, simultaneously, an eagerness to start his new work in Washington, D.C., for Humanity United.

Sensley’s experience for the Pointman Leadership Institute Global, an international organization battling corruption in developing countries, has sent Sensley on numerous anti-corruption campaigns, including to Southern Sudan while it worked toward succession.

Last November, Sensley served as a PLI project director there and anticipates another trip to South Sudan at the end of October, to finish early November.

Sensley said he will couple his new role with PLI, and that the two organizations will complement each other in their goals and objectives.

and#8220;I’m very excited about it because I’ll get to do full time what I’ve been doing part time for over a dozen years,and#8221; Sensley said. and#8220;For me that’s a job of a dream.and#8221;

Reflecting on his three years in Truckee, Sensley said he is grateful to have served with his talented staff and regional officials.

and#8220;We have really solidified that relationship in the broader community … and I feel very proud that Truckee is considered as part of the policing leadership of this region,and#8221; Sensley said. and#8220;It’s been a fantastic three years.and#8221;