– 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
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
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:
Police Intern Program, hiring youths from
the Midway Village district;
Summer Employment Program for Police Explorers;
Police Reserve Officer Program;
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
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.