Dahles honor police chief on his retirement

The Susanville City Council honored Ryan Cochran, Susanville’s police chief, on his Nov. 1 retirement at the council’s Wednesday, Oct. 19 meeting.

Randy Cochran, a retired Los Angeles police officer, Susanville Mayor
Quincy McCourt, and Ryan Cochran, the city’s chief of police, pose with the Joint Members Proclamation from Senator Brian Dahle and Assemblywoman Megan Dahle upon the announcement of his retirement. Photos by Sam Williams.

According to a joint members resolution from District 1 Senator Brian Dahle and District 1 Assemblywoman Megan Dahle, Cochran, a second generation peace officer, served on the SPD for more than 25 years, beginning June 4, 1998 (after serving as an officer in the Los Angles area), became a SWAT officer Nov. 4, 2004, served two years as the school resource officer at Lassen High School, became a sergeant Oct. 2, 2008, saved a life in April 2016 (receiving an American Heart Association Heart Saver Hero Award), became a lieutenant Jan. 12, 2019, became acting chief of police Jan. 23, 2020, and on June 17, 2023 was named chief of police.

Cochran also has been active with the Susanville Rotary Club, Northern California Cancer Advocates, the Every 15 Minutes program, the Susanville Police Explorers program, the Lassen County Law Enforcement Torch Run, and the Lassen County Interagency SWAT Team.

Lassen High School students honored the Susanville City Council with a plaque for its support of the recent Homecoming Parade.