Placerville police chief job taken by Modesto police veteran next month
"While I'm excited to begin this new chapter in my career, it is difficult to leave the law enforcement agency I grew up in," Heller said in a news release from Modesto police. "My law enforcement career began with the Modesto Police Department on January 2, 1997. I have been blessed during my tenure in service to the City of Modesto."
Heller has held numerous assignments with MPD, including patrol, tactical patrol unit, robbery/homicide, Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force sergeant, SWAT sergeant, commander of the Gang and Narcotics Units and Assistant Investigative Services Division Commander. Heller, who has a master's degree in emergency services administration from California State University, Long Beach and a bachelor's degree in political science from California State University, Stanislaus, served in the United States Air Force prior to his police career.
"Scott is a highly valued member of the Modesto Police Department Command Staff and will be greatly missed," Modesto Police Chief Galen Carroll said in the release. "... I am positive he will do a great job for the city of Placerville."
Heller is the second member of the department to accept a chief's position. In July, Capt. Michael Harris was named chief in Livermore.