MODESTO — Lt. Scott Heller, a 17-year veteran of the Modesto Police Department, will leave next month to take a job as police chief in Placerville.
While Im excited to begin this new chapter in my career, it is difficult to leave the law enforcement agency I grew up in, Heller said in a news release from Modesto police. My law enforcement career began with the Modesto Police Department on January 2, 1997. I have been blessed during my tenure in service to the City of Modesto.
Heller has held numerous assignments with MPD, including patrol, tactical patrol unit, robbery/homicide, Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force sergeant, SWAT sergeant, commander of the Gang and Narcotics Units and Assistant Investigative Services Division Commander. Heller, who has a masters degree in emergency services administration from California State University, Long Beach and a bachelors degree in Political Science from California State University, Stanislaus, served in the United States Air Force prior to his police career.
Scott is a highly valued member of the Modesto Police Department Command Staff and will be greatly missed, Modesto Police Chief Galen Carroll said in the release. ... I am positive he will do a great job for the city of Placerville.
Heller is the second member of the department to accept a chiefs position. In July, Capt. Michael Harris was named chief in Livermore.