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Elk Grove Police Department veteran named chief

Bryan Noblett.
Bryan Noblett. City of Elk Grove

Bryan Noblett, the Elk Grove Police Department’s assistant chief, has been selected to lead the department as the city’s new chief of police.

Noblett, 53, succeeds Chief Robert Lehner, who announced last month that he will retire from the department in October.

“Chief Noblett has the knowledge, experience and local perspective to keep Elk Grove’s Police Department moving in the right direction,” City Manager Laura Gill said in a written statement. “As an Elk Grove resident for more than 25 years, he knows this community. As a former captain and its current assistant chief, he knows the Police Department. He is by far the most qualified person to lead the Elk Grove Police Department into this next chapter in its history.”

Noblett has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience in the Sacramento region. He spent 24 years with the Lodi Police Department, serving as a patrol officer, detective, field training officer, corporal, sergeant and lieutenant. He was hired as captain of the Elk Grove department in 2009, commanding the investigative services and field services divisions. He was promoted to assistant chief and has served as the city’s emergency operations manager since July 2015.

Noblett has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in organizational leadership, according to a city news release. He has also completed a number of professional programs, including the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute.

“As a longtime resident of Elk Grove, I am committed to working collaboratively with community members and members of our department to keep Elk Grove the safe, vibrant city it has quickly become,” Noblett said in a written statement.

Noblett will assume his new duties Oct. 3, working with Lehner, who will assist with the transition through the end of October. The new chief will receive an annual salary of $194,451 plus executive benefits, said city spokeswoman Kristyn Nelson.

Noblett will be the department’s third chief since its formation on July 1, 2006.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy