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Sentinel staff report–
Interim City Manager Chris Boyd on Friday announced his appointment of one of the Citrus Heights Police Department’s commanders to serve as police chief, filling a vacancy left by former Chief Ron Lawrence.
The city’s new chief, Alex Turcotte, has been with CHPD since 2006, just after the department had formed. In a news release Friday, the city said Turcotte had joined as a police officer and was then quickly promoted to sergeant the following year, where he also served as SWAT Team leader.
In 2013, Turcotte was promoted to lieutenant, followed by his promotion to commander in 2018, heading up the investigations division most recently. His total career in law enforcement has been 20 years, including five years early on with the Ventura Police Department.
“Since joining us as a police officer in 2006, Turcotte has proven his leadership, accountability, and community-driven spirit time and again,” said Boyd in a statement Friday. “After an extensive evaluation, I am certain he is the right candidate to lead our award-winning Police Department into its next chapter.”
Turcotte’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University. According to a bio posted by the city, he is also a graduate of Command College and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.
Turcotte’s community involvement includes his current role as president of the Citrus Heights Rotary Foundation and his former service as president of the Citrus Heights Rotary Club.
Lawrence, the city’s former chief, announced last month that he would be leaving the department to serve as police chief in Costa Mesa. The city said Turcotte is set to begin serving as police chief effective immediately, Sept. 10.
Under the city’s governance structure, the police chief is appointed by the city manager, rather than the City Council. The council is currently in the process of selecting a new city manager to replace outgoing manager Chris Boyd, who is currently serving in an interim role.
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