City of Susanville, California The greatest town in the world Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:28:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Press Release: Schuster Named to Fill City Council Vacancy Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:48:04 +0000 City of Susanville
Administrative Services

Jared G. Hancock- City Administrator

April 19, 2017

At a special meeting on April 17, 2017 the City Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Armenda “Mendy” Schuster to the Susanville City Council.

The Council interviewed six applicants who answered a series of questions and discussed their qualifications and vision for the future of the community. Ms. Schuster has been appointed to fill the remainder of former Councilmember De Boer’s term of office through June 2018.

Ms. Schuster was born and raised in Susanville, and has worked for both Lassen Union High School and Lassen Community College. She served on the Site Council for both Meadow View and Diamond View schools and brings experience, dedication and commitment to the community.

Ms. Schuster will be sworn in and seated on the City Council at the April 19, 2017 meeting.

City’s Clean-Up Susanville Day Scheduled for May 20th Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:57:03 +0000 City of Susanville Community Clean-Up scheduled for Saturday, May 20th.

Volunteers needed!

Gather family, friends and neighbors and help us beautify Susanville by removing litter and recycling materials in our rivers, parks and streets 9 a.m. to Noon.

Sign ups begin at 8:30 a.m. at Memorial Park.

Supplies for the clean-up will be provided. Complimentary doughnuts and water donated by Susanville Supermarket IGA.

Sign up early by calling 252-5101 or email


Press Release: Meeting Set To Discuss Filling of City Council Vacancy Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:07:20 +0000 City of Susanville
Administrative Services
Jared G. Hancock – City Administrator

April 13, 2017

The City of Susanville looks forward to filling the current City Council vacancy and wishes to thank the following individuals for submitting letters of interest: Kurt Bonham, Lino Callegari, Wayne Jambois, Mary Loflin, Brian Moore and Mendy Schuster.

The City received six letters of interest from eligible applicants who lived within the City limits.

The Government Code requires that appointments to the City Council be conducted in an open public meeting. The Susanville City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, April 17, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in the City Council chambers, to interview the candidates and consider an appointment to fill the vacancy. The meeting will be open to the public and we encourage anyone who is interested to attend.

Jared G. Hancock, City Administrator (530) 252-5100
66 N. Lassen Street Susanville, CA 96130

Press Release: Passing of Chaplain Bruce Ingle Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:10:28 +0000 Wednesday April 5, 2017
Media Relations Contact – SGT Jeffrey Hopkins
For Immediate Release
(530) 257-5603 / Fax: (530) 257-7366

Chaplain Bruce Ingle

The Susanville Police Department is sad to announce the passing of Chaplain Bruce Ingle. Bruce Ingle had provided Chaplain Services for the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, the Susanville Police Department and the Susanville Fire Department. Chaplain Ingle will be most remembered as the Senior Pastor at the Gospel Tabernacle Church in Susanville from 1993 to present.

Bruce passed on the evening of April 4th, while at home with his wife Debbie. Bruce had recently undergone bypass surgery and was anticipating a full recovery, making his passing an unexpected tragedy.

The Ingle family would like to extend an invitation to those who knew Bruce to attend his services, which are being held Monday April 10th at the Community Church of Susanville at 2:00 PM.

Jr Fishing Derby Registration Form Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:43:37 +0000 The Lassen Sportsmen’s Club will be holding their 28th annual Junior Fishing Derby on April 22nd.

The fishing derby is for ages 2 to 15 only.

Click here to download the Junior Fishing Derby registration form.

Press Release: Police Chief Recruitment and Selection Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:01:45 +0000 City of Susanville
Administrative Services
Jared G. Hancock – City Administrator

March 31, 2017

The City of Susanville wishes to thank the community for their continued support of our law enforcement officers, Police Department, Chief of Police and the City of Susanville. In response to false reports and allegations intended to call into question the recruitment and qualifications of the City’s Police Chief, it has become necessary to dispel the rumors and to reaffirm that the community was, and continues to be, well served and protected by our law enforcement professionals.

The City’s recruitment and selection was consistent with past recruitments, city codes and state statutes. The City is pleased with the chief’s qualifications, training and experience and the decision it made to hire the new Police Chief. No reconsideration is pending. The State of California and the California Commission of the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) have adopted minimum standards for an individual to serve in the capacity of a Chief of Police for a General Law city. These Sections are primarily Government Code § 36501,38630,1029 and 1031. POST interprets these laws to mean that “every person appointed to the position of chief of police, either as an interim or permanent appointment, is a peace officer and must satisfy all the applicable peace officer selection standards. In addition, as a condition of continued employment, a chief of police must obtain the (California) POST Basic Certificate within two years of appointment, if the individual does not possess the certificate.”

While these requirements establish a minimum standard, the City of Susanville has established a competitive salary and benefit package to aid in the recruitment and retention of qualified individuals and circulated a recruitment that yielded a candidate whose qualifications greatly exceeded these minimums.

The job announcement circulated in late August 2016, clearly stated that the City would consider:

“Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities….”

The recruitment was not closed or restricted to current City of Susanville peace officers. It was designed to be inclusive in nature and to provide the best possible candidates for the position. Candidates were encouraged to apply if they believed that the combination of their experience and training provided them with the required knowledge and ability to be considered. Candidates supply a cover letter, resume and application outlining their qualifications, additional information and documentation is often provided through the application process to quantify training and experience that is later verified through pre-employment screening and background investigation.

Applicants are screened based on City and State eligibility requirements and the most qualified candidates were invited to participate in a formal panel interview consisting of Law Enforcement and Management professionals who regularly participate in the hiring process. The top candidates are invited to proceed to interviews with the City Administrator and City Council. The City Administrator obtained approval from the City Council to extend an offer of employment to the selected candidate and to proceed with the appointment after successful completion of a pre-employment screening and background investigation. This process can take anywhere from three (3) to twelve (12) weeks, or longer depending on the amount of verification required. The City of Susanville Municipal Code outlines the duties of the City Administrator as it relates to appointments in § 2.08.090 as follows:

2.08.090 Powers and duties—Appointment, removal, promotion and demotion of officers and employees.

It shall be the duty of the city administrator to appoint and remove or promote or demote any and all officers and employees of the city with the approval of the city council, except the city attorney, and any elected position or officer. (Ord. 09-970 § 1, 2009; Ord. 04-912 § 1, 2004; Ord. 98-848 § 1; prior code § 2.60)

The City Council interviewed the top candidates on November 17, 2016 and unanimously approved the selection. The City Council gave direction to the City Administrator to extend a conditional offer of employment, initiate the background investigation and make the appointment. Upon successful completion of a pre-employment screening, background investigation and verification of qualifications the Chief of Police was sworn in on Jan 23rd 2017 and began working on a transition with the outgoing Interim Chief with a more formal ceremony and introduction occurring at the February 1st City Council meeting.

Suggestions that the City employed an unorthodox recruitment, selection or hiring process, that the City Council was excluded from the process, that the City relied on fabricated credentials or that the Chief of Police lacks the qualifications to lead the Department are patently false.

The City has repeatedly invited any individuals, including the local media making claims to the contrary, to provide information or documentation to support such claims so that they can be appropriately vetted and investigated and no such information or documentation has been received.

The City does not release the names or qualifications of unsuccessful candidates.

The City does not release confidential employment records including pre-employment screenings and background investigations.

Jared G. Hancock, City Administrator

(530) 252-5100
66 N. Lassen Street
Susanville, CA 96130

CITY COUNCIL VACANCY – Term expires June 2018 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:30:49 +0000 CITY COUNCIL VACANCY

Term expires June 2018

If you would like to serve as a member of the City Council and feel that you have the experience and attributes to assist in enhancing our great community, we request that you submit a letter of interest to the following address:

ATTN: City Administrator
SUSANVILLE CA 96130-3904

To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years of age and a registered voter whose primary residence is located in Susanville. Letters of interest must be received by 5:00p.m. on April 7, 2017. For additional information, please call (530) 252-5103.

SPD Press Release: Driver Taken Into Custody After Pursuit Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:50:43 +0000 Press Release
February 1, 2017

On January 31, 2017 at approximately 2:45 PM, a Susanville Police Officer attempted a traffic stop on North St. near Memorial Park on a Green Honda Civic after it was confirmed that the driver had two felony warrants for his arrest. The driver failed to yield and a pursuit ensued through the 1100 block of Main St. and residential streets in the northwest area of Susanville. The driver stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of 555 N. Roop St. and fled on foot. The driver was taken into custody a short time later after officers located him hiding in the backyard of 721 Willow St.

The driver, identified as Ronald Gomes Jr. age/44 of Susanville, was booked into the Lassen County Jail on one no bail felony warrant out of Sacramento County for failing to appear on a stolen vehicle charge and one $25,000 felony warrant out of Shasta County for failing to appear on a charge of escaping from a work release program.

The pursuit lasted approximately 3 minutes and traversed approximately 1.5 miles, with the suspect’s vehicle reaching a maximum speed of approximately 65 MPH.

The Susanville Police Department would like to acknowledge the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol for their assistance during this incident.

The case has been referred to the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office for the prosecution of further charges including evading a peace officer with recklessness, delaying or obstructing a peace officer, reckless driving, unsafe speed, failing to stop at posted stop sign and failing to stop for a red signal.

Matt Wood
Police Lieutenant

SPD Press Release: Armed Robbery at Susanville Grocery Outlet Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:05:07 +0000 City of Susanville


Jim Uptegrove, Chief of Police        

Pride in Service—Service with Pride

Press Release

November 14, 2016

On Saturday, November 12, 2016 at approximately 9:15 PM, officers from the Susanville Police Department responded to the Susanville Grocery Outlet located at 1616 Main St. on a report of an armed robbery in progress. Upon arriving on scene, officers observed a male subject running from the area who was identified by store employees as being the suspect. After a short foot pursuit, the suspect was located hiding inside a vehicle on Cornell St. and taken into custody.

The suspect, identified as Asa Forte age/32 of Susanville, was booked into the Lassen County Jail on charges of attempted armed robbery with a firearm and held on $40,000 bail. The Susanville Police Department was assisted by the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office during the incident.

The case has been referred to the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.


Matt Wood
Police Lieutenant



Press Release: City Announces Hiring of New Golf Course Manager for 2017 Season Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:00:36 +0000 City of Susanville

Administrative Services

Jared G. Hancock – City Administrator


November 9, 2016

City hires new Golf Course Manager for 2017 Golf Season

The City of Susanville is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Hoover to the position of Golf Course Manager at the Diamond Mountain Golf Course. A graduate from the University of Washington, Mr. Hoover brings over 15 years of experience as a head Golf Professional and Manager at golf courses throughout the northwest. He is skilled in all phases of golf course operations from teaching to facility maintenance and marketing. Alan will be joining the team at the end of November 2016, so drop by the Club House on a sunny day and introduce yourself or enjoy some winter play. We look forward to another successful golf season.

We cannot extend enough appreciation and gratitude to Interim Golf Course Manager Ron Jarrell and the many volunteers that partnered with the City and Golf Course staff to improve the course to the great condition it is in today. Ron’s exemplary leadership and passion for the course inspires the respect and confidence from those around him. The City also wants to recognize the outstanding job performed by all of our Golf Course employees, and desires to thank them for their hard work, commitment and professionalism.