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Roseville’s police chief moving to Sacramento PD

Daniel Hahn to depart in 4-6 weeks; Roseville will have internal replacement
By: Graham Womack, Staff Writer
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Roseville Police Department Chief Daniel Hahn confirmed Wednesday that he has accepted an offer to become chief of the Sacramento Police Department.

Hahn, 49, who became Roseville’s chief of police in March 2011 after working 23 years for Sacramento Police Department, will depart Roseville for Sacramento around the first week of August pending a background check. Hahn said his time in Roseville has been invaluable.

“It really was probably the best training ground I could have ever had,” Hahn said.

A Roseville city official said Hahn’s replacement has already been identified and that it’s a high-ranking member of Roseville Police Department who’s been the backbone of its community work.

According to government watchdog website TransparentCalifornia.com, the department’s three highest-paid officers after Hahn are Assistant Chief James Maccoun, Capt. Stefan Moore and Capt. Troy Bergstrom. Moore and Bergstrom didn’t immediately respond to request for comment, and Maccoun declined via email to say whether or not he would replace Hahn.

Hahn and a department spokesperson each said they would need to defer comment about Hahn’s replacement to Roseville City Manager Rob Jensen.

Jensen said Hahn put together an outstanding command team and that “ideally when we look to who will fill (his) role, I’m going to look internally first.” Jensen denied having made a formal offer to any candidate, saying that to do so would be inappropriate until the completion of Hahn’s hiring process in Sacramento.

Hahn sent an email to senior Roseville city staff and council members Wednesday morning to inform them of his departure and thank them. Jensen said he had been in discussions with Hahn for over a month.

Jensen had hoped to retain Hahn, as did Roseville City Council, which approved a 7.5-percent raise for Hahn in January.

“I think Daniel Hahn is one of the top police chiefs in the state of California and it’s not surprising to me that he’s a desirable candidate for any position,” Jensen said.

Hahn, who grew up in Oak Park and lives in south Sacramento, might be leaving Roseville for a comparable or lesser amount of money.

TransparentCalifornia.com reported that Hahn’s total compensation in 2016, including benefits, amounted to $338,146.85. Sacramento’s last permanent police chief, Samuel Somers Jr., who retired Dec. 9 according to the Sacramento Bee, received $319,516 in 2016.

“The biggest motivation is that (Sacramento) is where I was born and raised and have lived my whole life,” said Hahn, who will take over for Sacramento’s Interim Chief Brian Louie. “I started in Sacramento Police Department when I was 19 years old. That community of Sacramento has done so much for me and really raised me.”

Hahn leaves Roseville with a number of legacies. The first African-American police officer or chief in city history, he will also become the capitol city’s first black chief, according to The Bee.

While in Roseville, Hahn worked to strengthen ties between his department and the community, said Keith Diederich, director of the city’s mobile homeless shelter, The Gathering Inn.

“He brought the idea of community policing and reaching out to the community to a significant degree to Roseville,” Diederich said.

Hahn said Roseville’s support for his department was critical.

“Last year having the lowest number of burglaries in the history of Roseville is pretty significant in this day and age, when a lot of cities are seeing their crime go up,” Hahn said. “But I think that’s a product of the relationship and the community and the police department and various other departments have that ensure that our community is safe.”

Hahn has also championed the department’s social services unit, which works with at-risk and mentally ill individuals. Diederich praised Officer Jed O’Rourke, that unit’s problem-oriented police officer who has been a continual presence at The Gathering Inn. Diederich said the attitude of Roseville officers like O’Rourke is a credit to Hahn.

“That kind of leadership comes from the top,” Diederich said.

Hahn’s presence will be missed locally.

“It’s a big loss for Roseville,” Diederich said. “I know the city was hoping to keep Chief Hahn for a long time.”

Asked what his priority would be during the transition period, Jensen said with a laugh that it would be to get Hahn to stay.

“It’s really to ensure that his team is able to move forward without him there,” Jensen said. “I think this team is well ready to do that.”

Hahn said he’s confident he’s leaving the department in good hands.

“I think the proof is in the results,” Hahn said.