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City hires interim police chief

On Monday, the Crescent City Council approved the employment of an interim police chief of the Crescent City Police Department to serve after current chief Doug Plack leaves the job July 31.

Calvin Scott Berry, of Grass Valley, was recommended by City Manager Eugene Palazzo to fill the position on a temporary basis until Oct. 31 as city staff continues the recruitment process for a permanent replacement, which is expected to take several months.

Berry has 40 years of police experience in California; his most recent position was interim police chief for the Nevada City Police Department. 

In 2008, Berry retired as the police chief of Truckee, a department he helped build from the ground up in 2001, according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

Throughout his police tenure, Berry showed his dedication through his membership in the International Association of Chiefs of Police, his completion of the FBI National Academy and longtime affiliation with the California Peace Officers’ Association, according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

Berry also has a Master of Science degree in management and has attended the West Point Leadership Program.

“Thank you very much for this opportunity,” Berry told the City Council on Monday. “I’m very impressed with the community that you have here and the staff that has greeted me and helped me at city hall and at the police department.  I’m really looking forward to being involved, to keep the ball rolling with what you already have in place and to help you prepare for the future with the next chief.”

The city will pay Berry $40 an hour, not to exceed 40 hours a week and will also provide housing expenses up to $1,500 per month.

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