Roseville appoints new police chief

Daniel Hahn spent 23 years with Sacramento Police Department
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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The city has plucked a captain from the Sacramento Police Department to head law enforcement in Roseville. Daniel Hahn, 42, built a legacy around outreach to neighborhoods, schools and the community in his 23 years with Sacramento police. With a salary of $174,000, he’ll take over for outgoing Roseville Police Chief Michael Blair. In announcing his selection Monday, Roseville City Manager Ray Kerridge said Hahn is a “visionary leader” with a focus on community policing and a proven track record. Hahn’s hiring follows a nationwide search that began in the fall and attracted 62 applicants. Six candidates rose to the top and each went through a rigorous interview process that included meeting with three panels comprised of 16 community leaders and law enforcement experts from around the region. “(Hahn) emerged with the unanimous recommendation of all three panels to be the next police chief,” Kerridge said. Roseville’s city manager previously worked with Hahn during his tenure as Sacramento’s top administrator. “He’s a born leader,” Kerridge said. “He’s worked for me before so I know him and have observed him firsthand. He earned my trust and respect as a police officer and a person.” A lifelong resident of Sacramento, Hahn started a local high school magnet program, as well as the city’s first center to combat truancy, bringing together social workers, community organizations and police. In his former post on the police leadership team, he also worked on safety strategies with businesses and residents. “It’s very important that (police) have a good connection and productive relationship with the community,” Kerridge said. “It’s essential to our way of life. At the end of the day, it improves the level of public safety to have the community and law enforcement working together as a team.” Werner Kuehn, a representative on one of the hiring panels and president of the Roseville Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, said Hahn demonstrated a knack for community policing. “I found him to be enthusiastic about the value of close partnerships with neighborhood groups,” Kuehn said. Hahn graduated from Police Officer Standards and Training Command College, the FBI National Academy, and earned a master’s in public administration from National University and a business administration degree from California State University, Sacramento. His awards include the ChoicePoint Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigation from International Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as the Excellence In Training Award from the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives. Hahn will be sworn in at 11 a.m. March 4 in the rotunda of Roseville’s Civic Center, 311 Vernon St., ahead of Blair’s April 8 retirement. Sena Christian can be reached at