Police Chief Retires

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John C. Martin, City Manager, City of Daly City
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Daly City – Gary S. McLane will be Daly City's new Chief of Police, City Manager John Martin announced today.

McLane, a 25-year member of the Daly City Police Department, will replace Chief Sidney J. Rice, who has been on medical leave since June 1999 and has now decided to retire.

The 45-year-old McLane was only 17 when he first joined the Daly City Police Explorers, a volunteer program, in 1972. Inspired, he attended College of San Mateo, and earned an Associate of Arts degree in Administration of Justice in 1976. The year prior, in March 1975, he began his professional career with the Daly City Police Department as a Police Cadet. In January 1977, he became a full-fledged Police Officer. From 1977 to 1983, he served in the Patrol Division, and from 1983 to 1991, in the Traffic Division as a motor officer. He earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Management from St. Mary's College in 1995.

McLane was promoted to Sergeant in February 1991, to Lieutenant in January 1996, and to Captain in May 1999.

When Chief Rice underwent surgery for a long-term back injury last year, McLane was appointed Acting Chief of Police.

During his career, McLane received five Chief's commendations. He was Daly City Host Lions Club's "Officer of the Year" in 1982.

His expansive knowledge of the department made McLane an invaluable resource to various projects. In 1996, he was part of the team that recommended the first alternative work plan in DCPD. Often referred to as the 9/80 model, it required personnel to work 80 hours in nine days, with a third day off every other week. The 9/80 model was revised in 1999 under McLane's leadership, to the current 4/10 work cycle which allows patrol personnel to work 10 hours, four days a week. The department's use of such innovative staffing provides higher coverage during peak hours of activity. It has also boosted productivity and morale, and decreased overtime costs.

Originally from Illinois, McLane moved to Daly City with his parents and younger sister at age three. He attended local schools: Daniel Webster, M. Pauline Brown, and Benjamin Franklin Schools. He graduated from Westmoor High School in 1973.

McLane shares a family life in the East Bay with Lynn, his wife of 18 years, and two daughters, ages 16 and 12.

On Friday, July 28, the former Police Explorer will become the Chief of Police for the only city he has ever worked for during his adult life, and will lead a department of 119 sworn officers and 42 civilian employees.

"Gary's appointment reflects the calibre of personnel we have in the City. Having grown up in Daly City, with 28 years of solid law enforcement experience, he is uniquely qualified to guide this department. Gary's leadership represents a new era in the department's management. The City of Daly City is very fortunate to have found its new Police Chief from within the ranks," Martin commented.

The official swearing-in ceremony for the new Police Chief will be held at 4 p.m. on July 28th, in the City Council Chambers in City Hall. McLane will be sworn in by Ret. Lt. Bob Sola, the Explorer advisor he served under 28 years ago.

During his five-year tenure with the City of Daly City, Chief Rice made significant contributions to the internal as well as external environs of the police department.

Armed with a cache of experience as a 21-year veteran of the Oakland Police Department who helped pioneer community policing in the East Bay, Rice introduced the Citizen's Academy and Junior Citizen's Academy to Daly City in 1996. They soon became the cornerstone of the department's community policing philosophy, and as a result, closer ties to the community were forged. The 36-hour annual program has been so successful that this year, for the first time, a second session of the 12-week course is scheduled to start August 30th.

Rice initiated the North County Gang Task Force, which fosters inter-agency cooperation throughout the county. At the same time, he established the Teen Center's Martial Arts program, which helped build positive communication channels with local youth.

Rice was also credited with increasing minority representation among departmental sworn positions from 12% to 21%. He held the first-ever departmental Open House in June 1997, and in that same year, citizen complaints were reduced by 57%.

Under Chief Rice's leadership, the DCPD implemented:
  • The Police Intern Program, hiring youths from the Midway Village district;
  • the Summer Employment Program for Police Explorers;
  • the Police Reserve Officer Program;
  • and a strategic plan for the Police Department which included evaluating alternative work schedules, such as the 4/10 plan, to improve service to the community and improve the work environment.
"Chief Rice's tenure in the Police Department will long be remembered for the emphasis he established on community-oriented policing. His dedication to the highest standards of law enforcement and effective community outreach will be of enduring value to the DCPD," Martin observed.