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Sacramento State police chief to retire


Sacramento State Police Chief Dan Davis is retiring effective in November.
After a 30-year career in law enforcement, including 10 years with the campus police force, Sacramento State Police Chief Dan Davis is retiring effective in November. Davis began his tenure with the University in 2001 as a lieutenant. He has been chief since Sept. 1, 2009.

“Chief Davis has done an outstanding job managing the critical functions of the Public Safety Department of Sacramento State,” said Ming-Tung “Mike” Lee, the University’s vice president of Administration and Business Affairs and chief financial officer.

Davis commended his staff and the community for maintaining the University’s safety standards, noting the campus remained one of the 10 safest campuses in the state, moving from ninth to seventh, and rose from 63rd to 61st in the nation’s 100 safest Universities list, according to

“I am proud of my department for having maintained, and even improved, these rankings,” Davis said. “It has been an honor to serve the students, staff and faculty of Sacramento State as police chief.”

Davis started his law enforcement career in 1981 and joined the San Francisco State University force in 1985. He has also served with the Fremont and BART police forces. As Sacramento State’s police chief, he managed a staff of 21 sworn officers, five dispatchers, 30 community service officers, and eight office staff members and student assistants.

“Law enforcement has been a challenging and rewarding career, but now I’m looking forward to focusing on other matters, such as playing more golf and the other good things in life,” Davis said.

The University has initiated a national search to fill the permanent position. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.