Community quality of life focus for new police chief
The badge is new and very shiny, but newly sworn-in Placerville Police Chief Scott Heller has plenty of experience. After almost 17 years with the Modesto Police Department in a wide variety of positions, from patrol officer to assistant Investigative Services Division commander and acting commander, Heller brings Placerville leadership and expertise with special operations units involved with narcotics, gangs, homicides and shootings.
The 42-year-old chief met with the Mountain Democrat to talk about his focus for his new position, the community and why he chose to come to Placerville.
“What drew us here was actually a brochure with the police chief posting,” said Heller. The brochure showed a picture of downtown and the Belltower and described Placerville as a real home town. “It caught my attention. I wasn’t looking to leave Modesto, but we came up here to look at Placerville and loved the central location for activities, the family centric atmosphere. The community made a great first impression — the businesses and restaurants were inviting and, as each step of the recruitment process went on, we felt it was it really right for us.”
“Us” includes Heller’s wife and his three children — an 18-year-old son, a 7-year-old son and a 3-year-old old daughter. “Between school and sports, it’s a busy transition, but it’s our intention to have the whole family up here,” said Heller.
Heller is getting to know the Placerville community and his staff through a series sit-downs that are critical to his focus on collaboration with the community. ”I’ve been on a number of boards in the past, but I prefer to have more direct involvement,” said Heller of ...