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Sacramento Names New Police Chief

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There’s New blood in the Sacramento Police Department’s top position.

How new?

“How old do you think I am?”  soon-to-be Chief Sam Somers quipped when FOX40 asked his age. “I’m 50.”

Whatever his age, he’s an old hand with the Sac PD. Somers is the son of a Sacramento Police Captain, and he’s been with the department 28 years himself, having played nearly every role there is.

“I’ve had a lot of jobs. I’ve been at the tactical side with SWAT – that was very fun because there’s a lot fo adrenaline there. I’ve also been in internal affairs where you’re basically investigating it’s very serious business,” Somers said.

Somers said his first focus now will be on a ‘Cops and Clergy’ program that has officers paired-up with religious leaders, going door-to-door, trying to make inroads with Sacramento’s most troubled neighborhoods.

“And I’m not just talking about hiring new officers so that we can arrest a whole bunch of people, because we just emptied-out the prisons. We’re not here to fill them right back-up,” Somers said.

Somers will  be hiring new officers with a tax increase approved by Sacramento voters last November.

His starting salary will be $197,00 a year. Somers official swearing-in will happen Saturday.

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  • Klink1966

    This story on the 10 o'clock news was inappropriate. Instead of celebrating a man's achievement, you turned it into a story about what the taxpayers are paying for police chiefs' retirements. The truth is taxpayers are not paying retirement benefits for members of Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). Their retirement is paid by PERS, which is not a state department. It is controlled by the state. However, it is private. Those retirements were funded by contributions to PERS from the employee and city prior to the employee's retirement. If you want to do a piece on the sustainability of PERS, get your facts correct and do it separately.