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Sacramento Police Chief Braziel to Retire

Sacramento Police Department Chief Rick Braziel announced his plans to retire.

His last day on the force is Dec. 29.

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2nd Generation Officer Named New Sacramento Police Chief

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Police Chief Sam Somers
Courtesy: Sacramento Police Department


A deputy chief who has served 28 years with Sacramento Police will now head the department.

Sam Somers was named the new Sacramento Police Department Police Chief Wednesday.

“I was humbled that he would pick me among my peers,” said Chief Somers of City Manager John Shirey’s selection.

He is a second generation officer, his father served on the Sacramento force, retiring as a captain.

Chief Somers said he is excited to be the 44th police chief of Sacramento, especially he said, at a time of rebuilding. He referenced Measure U, which passed in Sacramento last Fall and would provide funds to the department through a half-cent sales tax.

He said the department would rebuild “smarter and faster” and look at strategies to control and reduce crime.

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New Sacramento Police Chief Named at Live Press Conference


Sacramento will be getting a new Police Chief.

Wednesday morning, Sacramento’s City Manager will announce his selection for the new chief.

This new person will replace Chief Rick Braziel who stepped down at the end of last year. Deputy Chief Dan Schiele was named acting police chief until a permanent candidate was found.


Deputy Chief Dan Schiele (Sacramento Police Department)


Sacramento City Manager John Shirey announced Monday that an acting police chief has been appointed for current Chief Rick Braziel, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Deputy Chief Dan Schiele will step in as chief Dec. 29.

Braziel announced plans to retire Nov. 14 after 33 years with the Sacramento Police Department. He was once named a top candidate to be Seattle’s police chief before he withdrew his name from consideration.

Schiele has been with Sacramento Police for 31 years, including five years as commander of the Joseph E. Rooney Police Facility. He hasn’t applied for the permanent position of police chief, a release from the police department said.


Wednesday, Sacramento Police Department Chief Rick Braziel announced his plans to retire Dec. 29, saying it’s the right time.

Until his last day on the force, Chief Braziel hopes to be involved in the search for his replacement. He has four deputy chiefs that he feels are solid candidates.

“We don’t need to spend money to go do a nationwide recruitment when we’ve got the talent here,” Braziel said. “Save the money, save the time and pick someone.”

For the past five years, Braziel has been tasked with maintaining law enforcement services in Sacramento while cutting officers at the same time. The Police Department, along with other public safety agencies, will soon be seeing increased funds, paid for by a half-cent sales tax increase as a part of the city’s Measure U.

Braziel says he wants to see someone new come up with a plan to use those extra funds to grow the department.

“It wouldn’t be right for him to set the tone or set the plan and then leave and somebody else to take over,” said Deputy Chief Brian Louie, one of Braziel’s possible replacement picks. “So, this allows an incoming chief to design their plan for the organization.”

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Sacramento’s Police Chief Retiring

Sacramento’s Police Chief, Rick Braziel, announced his plans for retirement

SACRAMENTO- Sacramento’s Police Chief is retiring.

Chief Rick Braziel announced his plans Wednesday to retire at the end of the year.

He has been the capital city’s police chief since January 2008. Braziel has been with Sacramento Police for 33 years.

Braziel’s father was also an officer in Sacramento, serving for 20 years.

“My job was to run as hard and far as possible, then pass the baton to the next chief who will run faster and farther than me,” said Chief Braziel in a press release.

Braziel was named as one of the top candidates for Seattle’s new police chief in 2010. He later withdrew his name from consideration.