Modesto veteran officer to take job as Placerville chief

local@modbee.comAugust 28, 2013 

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ED CRISOSTOMO/ Modesto Police Lieutenant Scott Heller gives a message to a group of active gang members during a Project Ceasefire meeting at Peterson Events Center on Wednesday evening (05-01-13) in Modesto, CA.

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— 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 I'm 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 Jan. 2, 1997. I have been blessed during my tenure in service to the city of Mo-desto."

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 commander of the Investigative Services Division.

Heller, who has a master's degree in emergency services administration from California State University, Long Beach, and a bachelor's degree in political science from California State University, Stanislaus, served in the 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 chief's position. In July, Capt. Michael Harris was named chief in Livermore.

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