Sacramento County has promoted an employee with nearly 30 years of experience to the position of chief park ranger.
John Havicon, who started his career with county parks as a seasonal worker, replaces Stan Lumsden, who retired. Havicon started as a seasonal park ranger in 1985 and served as a supervisor for 10 years before his recent promotion.
Havicon is responsible for 17 rangers and two supervisors. The rangers have the same authority as police officers and are responsible for county parks including the American River Parkway, where their enforcement responsibilities have sometimes created controversy as they remove homeless encampments.
Havicon was one of three candidates interviewed for the job. He started May 18.
“Our county rangers, including myself, have a passion for parks; we don’t do it for the pay, we do it for the love of the job,” he said in a written statement.
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