New assistant chief of Elk Grove Police to be announced this week, reportedly minority professional recruited

The Elk Grove Police Department has confirmed that the hiring of the new assistant police chief will be announced this week, possibly as early as Monday, February 24.  

Reportedly the new assistant is an African American candidate although the police department would not confirm that. Also of significance, the candidate is reportedly from outside the Elk Grove Police Department. 

If the new assistant chief is an African-American as a source has indicated, they would be the highest-ranking minority officer since the 2006 formation of the department. Between 2000 and 2006, Elk Grove contracted law enforcement services with the Sacramento Sheriff's Department. 

The hiring outside the department would also be a departure from the last two chiefs. Current chief Timothy Albright was an assistant to Bryan Noblett, who retired last year, and Noblett was an assistant to former chief Robert Lehner, who came from the Eugene, Oregon Police Department. 

The City of Elk Grove has been criticized for its lack of diversity in the highest ranks of its executives. Currently, all non-police department heads at Elk Grove city hall are white.  

Like many police departments, Elk Grove faces challenges recruiting female and minority candidates, although it has recently hired a more diverse pool of police officers. 

The assistant chief's position has been vacant since last summer when Albright was elevated. 

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