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Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn to retire at end of 2021

Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn announced that he is retiring at the end of 2021.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As a surprise to many in Sacramento, Police Chief Daniel Hahn announced today that he will retire from his role at the end of 2021.

He posted the announcement on Twitter, noting that he took up the role four years ago.

The official Facebook page for the Sacramento Police Department also thanked Hahn for his service over the years.

During Hahn's four years, he oversaw several major local incidents, including the 2018 shooting death of Stephon Clark at the hands of Sacramento Police.

The Clark family issued a statement about Chief Hahn's pending retirement Wednesday night.

"Hopefully, whoever replaces him will do what’s right and deliver the justice that is needed," said Stevante Clark, brother of Stephon Clark. "The Sacramento Police Department and all of it's field officers should be able to differentiate between a gun and a cell phone. Anytime someone makes a mistake to the degree that a law must be created; those people should be held accountable to the highest extent of the law.“

Hahn was sworn into role of police chief at Sacramento State University, his alma mater, after former chief Sam Somers retired from the position. At the time of his hiring, city officials said Hahn won them over with his "focus on community partnerships, collaboration, and neighborhood problem solving."

Hahn spent more than two decades with Sacramento Police Department and was also a former police chief in Roseville.

"I’m not going anywhere," said Hahn. "It’s just time for a change."

"There’s a toll this takes on you and your family," he continued. "Whether it’s from critical incidents, from death threats, all sorts of things having to have officers guard my home my family. After a while, you need to step away from that.” 



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