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Truckee’s police chief prepares to retire, town begins the long search for his replacement

After just two years, Truckee will lose its first chief of police in December.

Police Chief Dan Boon, who has been credited with helping set up the 2-year-old Truckee Police Department, will retire his badge at the end of the year. Until then, the Town of Truckee is looking for Boon’s replacement.

“We’re looking for an experienced police executive that will be able to continue the community policing philosophy,” said town Manager Stephen Wright, who is in charge of hiring Boon’s replacement. “The goal is that that philosophy is a day-to-day part of the program.”

The application deadline for the position is Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. 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.

Candidates from within the police department may also apply.

“The job is open to anyone,” Wright said.

Wright said hiring a police of chief “takes a fair amount of time,” and includes interviews, screening, background investigations and psychological evaluations.

“My intent is that the appointment be made one week or two before Chief Boon leaves, so the transition can be smooth,” said Wright, who has hired several police chiefs in his experience in city government.

Chief Boon signed on to the Truckee Police Department eight months before it began its patrol on Sept. 1, 2001. He, along with the Town of Truckee, was involved in hiring fellow officers, securing jail facilities, creating a communications center and establishing a computer system.

Before he came to Truckee, Boon was chief of police in Pismo Beach and served in the Auburn Police Department for 16 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is a graduate from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy in Quantico, Va.

Attempts by the Sierra Sun to reach Dan Boon for comment were unsuccessful.

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