County honors sheriff on his retirement

The Lassen County Board of Supervisors recognized Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon on his retirement at its Tuesday, Jan. 9 meeting.

Lassen County District 4 Supervisor Aaron Albaugh, right, recognizes Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon on his retirement.

According to a proclamation read by Lassen County District 4 Supervisor Aaron Albaugh, Growdon began his nearly 30-year career with the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a correctional deputy and later as a transportation officer. He became a deputy in December 1995. In 1998 he received the Officer of the Year award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Growdon became a sergeant in 1999, commanded of the Interagency Narcotics Task Force and team leader for the LCSO Swat Team. He earned a Certificate of Valor from the state attorney general in 2005 after a North County responding to a domestic violence call. He became assistant sheriff in 2007 and was elected sheriff in 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022.”

Growdon thanked the county and the supervisors for their support during his tenure.

“We face so many challenges in a small county, and the state is never making it easier for us,” Growdon said. “It’s haunting. They’re battering us with new regulations, laws, restrictions. It’s challenge, but I think our county has been every fortunate to have the leadership we’ve had … “

Despite the low wages the county offers deputies, Growdon said “our people stack up against any other county in California.”

The supervisors also honored Gina Mineau on her retirement from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office.