Elk Grove Police Chief Robert Lehner Announces Intent to Retire

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Press Release - Elk Grove Police Chief Robert Lehner Announces Intent to Retire

Posted: 08/01/2016

Image of Chief LehnerToday, Elk Grove Police Chief Robert (Bob) Lehner announced his intent to retire from the Elk Grove Police Department (EGPD).

“Things are going well and, after eight years, it feels like the right time to pursue other opportunities and challenges,” said Lehner.

Chief Lehner’s career includes more than three decades as a police officer and more than ten years as a Police Chief. Prior to taking the helm in Elk Grove in 2008, Lehner served as the chief of the Eugene Police Department, the second largest city in Oregon. Chief Lehner started his career with the Tucson Police Department in Arizona and left his role as their Senior Assistant Chief in 2003 to become the Chief in Eugene.

During his eight years with EGPD, Chief Lehner has been a problem solver that led the agency through difficult economic times. His accomplishments include implementing professional policing programs for senior managers, commissioning a staffing study to ensure the agency could keep pace with Elk Grove’s population growth, and institutionalizing a formal process for tracking and investigating citizen complaints and use of force reviews. Crime prevention was equally important to Chief Lehner. He successfully introduced Safety Town, a child accident prevention program for pre-kindergarten children, partnered with the Elk Grove Soroptimist Club and Women Escaping A Violent Environment (WEAVE) to increase the availability of resources for victims of dating and domestic violence, and implemented Project Lifesaver, a free program designed to track and rescue those with cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome and dementia who wander away from home.

“We needed someone with Bob’s experience to develop department systems, structures and policies,” said Elk Grove City Manager Laura Gill. “His leadership has truly transformed a young department into a modern, high-performing police agency.”

With just over 130 sworn officers and 85 civilian personnel, the Elk Grove Police Department serves the second largest city in Sacramento County (167,965 residents). The department was established in 2006 and celebrated its tenth anniversary on July 1. Chief Lehner is its second Police Chief.

“Chief Lehner is a stellar leader and has done a remarkable job building the Elk Grove Police Department from the ground up,” said Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis. “He will be missed, but I respect his desire to move on. The City of Elk Grove is one of the safest cities in northern California and Chief Lehner is a big reason for that. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for him.”

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve this remarkable community,” said Lehner.

Chief Lehner will leave the agency in October. An exact date has not been determined.

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