Sonora, CA — This weekend´s Mother Lode Views will focus on the Changing of the Guard at the Sonora Police Department.
Effective the first of the new year Lt. Mark Stinson will succeed Mace McIntosh as chief.
The Red Bluff native has served as Sonora´s police chief for the past four and a half years. McIntosh states that the passage of Measure I shortly after he arrived in the Mother Lode will always define his tenure. Measure I allowed the department to upgrade itself on so many levels.
As far as the future is concerned McIntosh says he will take some time off upon his retirement. He and his wife Lucy both have grandchildren so that will be a top priority along with traveling on his motorcycle. Asked as to whether he might re-enter the field of law enforcement (he has a 30 year history) McIntosh stated, “I never say never to anything.”
Stinson says he was first intrigued by a possible career in law enforcement during his years in high school. Prior to coming to Sonora four years ago Stinson served with the Modoc County Sheriff´s Department for four years after graduating from the Police Academy at the age of 18. He then spent 13 years with the Red Bluff Police Department where he first came in contact with McIntosh.
Stinson has a Bachelors Degree in Business Management with a minor in Human Behavior. He also has a Masters Degree. He will officially take over as chief on December 27 with McIntosh leaving the department December 30.
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Written by Bill Johnson