Council welcomes Lee, honors Harrigan
More than a dozen law enforcement officials from around the region gathered behind Lincoln Police Chief Doug Lee Tuesday night in a show of support for his public and ceremonial swearing-in.
Lee was officially sworn in Jan. 12 and has been chief of the Lincoln Police Department since then.
Among the law enforcement officials were retiring Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner and Undersheriff, and Sheriff-designee, Devon Bell.
“The city of Lincoln has seen a lot of people come and go, but this guy is a winner,” Bonner said. “I am so proud to have him in our community. Congratulations to the whole city. If I’d known he was coming, I wouldn’t have retired.”
Bell said he knows Lee both personally and professionally.
“Doug Lee has a heart for community and a heart for service,” Bell said. “I look forward to working with him.”
Mayor Peter Gilbert said he was impressed with the support for Lincoln’s new police chief.
“In my career, I’ve never see this kind of turnout for a new chief,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert also thanked Tim Harrigan for his time as interim Lincoln Police Chief.
“For Tim Harrigan, a three to four month assignment turned into five months,” Gilbert said. “The city is extremely fortunate to have someone like Tim at the helm while searching for a permanent chief. He served the department and city well.”
Just minutes before the swearing-in ceremony, scores of Lincoln residents filled the back of the council chambers, as well as a first-floor meeting room set aside for overflow seating, to protest the proposed placement of a sexually violent predator in the community. A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge is expected to rule Feb. 7 on the placement of Dariel Morrise Shazier in a rural Lincoln home on Kilaga Springs Road.
Sue Martin, a 30-year resident of Lincoln, said she is worried about her grandson and other children in the area.
“The Boy Scouts meet at Mt. Pleasant Hall, along with the 4-H, which is less than a mile away (from the Kilaga Spring Road residence),” Martin said. “It’s not safe, it’s scary; 57 kids live on Kilaga Spring Road.”
David Howe, a resident of Kilaga Spring Road, also expressed concern for Boy Scout Troop No. 185 and the Mt. Pleasant 4-H Club.
“As a representative of the rural neighbors I am seeking your help,” Howe said. “We are asking the City Council to pull all available resources to halt the placement of Dariel Morrise Shazier in our community.”
The City Council voted 4-0-1 to approve a letter supporting the Placer County District Attorney’s opposition to Shazier’s placement in Lincoln. City Councilman Gabriel Hydrick was absent.
“I knew the council would support this 100 percent,” Gilbert said. “We are doing all we can to support the position we took this evening.”
Gilbert added that concerned residents should contact their state legislators to initiate changes to the penal system policies for releasing former prisoners.