City names John King police chief

After nearly a year with an interim police chief serving Susanville, the department has a new chief.

In a statement issued by Susanville City Administrator Jared Hancock, the city is introducing John King, from South Lake Tahoe, as chief of police.

King will start the new role Monday, Jan. 23, and will be working with interim chief Jim Uptegrove during the transition.

“The city is excited about the future of the department and a chief who will continue to not only be committed to the safety and protection of each and every member of the community but also the success of each officer in the department,” read the statement. “The city believes Chief King possesses the experience and vision that can continue to lead the police department in a positive direction. We look forward to the support of staff, management, council and community as we welcome Chief King into the city family.”

Hancock noted in the letter that the city conducted a six-month comprehensive recruitment to fill the spot.

“The recruitment yielded a number of quality candidates and the city is committed and confident in the process that included interviews conducted by local municipal and law enforcement professionals and later by city management and the city council,” the statement continued.

King replaces Uptegrove who accepted the interim position in March after Police Chief Tom Downing left the position for medical reasons.

The Susanville City Council thanked Uptegrove for his service and assistance during the Wednesday, Jan. 18 meeting.