Twin Rivers school district hires police chief

Published: Friday, Jul. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Jul. 21, 2013 - 9:51 am

The Twin Rivers Unified School District has officially named a retired Sacramento County sheriff's lieutenant to lead its embattled police force.

The school board on Tuesday permanently hired Harvey Woo on a 5-1 vote after conditionally hiring him as police chief in May.

Woo was unavailable Thursday. His salary is $116,610.

Despite being the lone vote against the hire, board President Rebecca Sandoval said she is excited about having a permanent police chief in place. She said that Woo is a good choice, though she preferred another candidate.

It is time for the Police Department to move forward, she said. "We have been without leadership there," Sandoval said. "Everything checked out well for Mr. Woo, and our superintendent is pretty comfortable with that decision."

Former Police Chief Christopher Breck resigned in December in exchange for a $36,500 buyout after a year on paid administrative leave.

Officers in recent years faced accusations of excessive towing and "call jumping" – taking calls meant for other agencies.

Last year, five men sued the district, accusing officers of brutality and false arrest in 2010. The district paid $650,000 to settle the case.

Call The Bee's Diana Lambert, (916) 321-1090. Follow her on Twitter @dianalambert. Read her Report Card blog at http://blogs.sacbee.com/report-card/.

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