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Message from the Chief

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"It is an honor to serve as the Public Safety Chief for the city of Lincoln where we enjoy such a high level of support from the community. I am very fortunate to work with such a dedicated team of employees, and our goal is to do our best to meet and/or exceed your expectations."

Doug Lee, Public Safety Chief

 About Chief Lee

Chief Lee grew up in Elk Grove where the Fire Department relied heavily on their volunteers to supplement their paid staff. As a child Doug was frequently seen racing toward the fire station on his bicycle when the volunteer alarm sounded, and if he figured out where the emergency was, he would head there too. It was no surprise that he became a volunteer firefighter as soon as he was eligible (age 18). He earned his Firefighter I and Emergency Medical Technician I certificates but ultimately chose a career in law enforcement.

He served with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office for 31 years, retiring as a Chief Deputy. He was appointed by Governor Brown as the Chief Deputy in the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Law Branch, where his primary duty was leading the State Threat Assessment Center. He was appointed as the Chief of Police in Lincoln in January 2017.

From July 2016 through June 2019, the cities of Lincoln and Rocklin shared fire department administrative personnel through a shared services agreement. When that ended the City of Lincoln was in need of a Fire Chief, and the Public Safety Chief model was found to be the best solution at the time. Chief Lee was grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with the discipline where he started his public service.

Chief Lee holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Sacramento State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Point Leadership Program.

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