The City of Fortuna has announced the hiring of its new police chief.
Anderson Police Department sergeant Casey Day will take over for former Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey, who’s served as interim Fortuna Police Chief since January, following the retirement of Chief William Dobberstein.
“Mr. Day was selected based on his extensive law enforcement experience and education that focused on organizational leadership and criminal justice,” the city stated in a press release.
Day grew up in Shasta Lake City and served with the Anderson Police Department for 19 years before accepting his new job in Fortuna.
Prior to his career in law enforcement, Day served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps where he was honorably discharged.
In 2000, he attended the Butte Law Enforcement Academy and served as a police officer with the Arcata Police Department in 2001.
He also earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Simpson University in Redding and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Arizona State University.
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The City of Fortuna is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Police Chief.
Casey Day has been selected following an extensive search and interview process. Mr. Day was selected based on his extensive law enforcement experience and education that focused on organizational leadership and criminal justice.
He plans to jump right in and hit the ground running in his new position as the Fortuna Police Chief.
Casey plans to work on developing community relationships early on so that he can better understand the current issues Fortuna is facing. He also plans on building on the current strengths and successes of the Fortuna Police Department as well as bringing fresh ideas to improve the performance of the organization and the City, including emphasis on community oriented policing.
Casey Day is a 19-year veteran of the Anderson Police Department (APD) in Shasta County, California. Casey grew up in Shasta Lake City and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from high school. Casey attended the Butte Law Enforcement Academy in 2000 and was hired by APD in January of 2001. He has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Simpson University in Redding California.
Casey was honorably discharged from the U.S.Marine Corps at the rank of Sergeant and served as a Police Sergeant and valued member of the Command Staff with the Anderson P.O. for several years. Casey has significant experience overseeing professional policing programs and personnel.
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