Deputy Chief Kathy Lester has been chosen to lead Sacramento’s police force at the start of the new year, as outgoing Chief Daniel Hahn retires. Lester will be the first woman to lead the force and is a long-time veteran, having served with the department since 1994.
She was selected for the position after the city manager’s office conducted a nationwide search and also put out a community survey to hear from residents what qualities they’d want in a police chief. City Manager Howard Chan said in a statement that Lester was the perfect match for this position, and that he hopes she can continue the work that Hahn had done, especially in focusing on racial equity.
Still, members of the city’s Police Advisory Commission told CapRadio none of the commission members were consulted about the new chief before the appointment was announced. Lester will also lead a department is mostly white and has been accused of racial bias and discrimination.
Lester sat down with Race and Equity Reporter Sarah Mizes-Tan to talk about her plans for the department
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