Alumnus Daniel Hahn set to become next Sacramento police chief

Daniel Hahn ’95 (Marketing), grew up in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood and rose through the ranks as an officer and captain with the Sacramento Police Department. Now, he’s set to return to his hometown as the city’s first African American police chief.

Hahn has conditionally accepted an offer to assume the department’s top job, pending a background check and certification, The Sacramento Bee reported last week. Since 2011, he has served as the police chief in nearby Roseville.

“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve the community and police department that has given so much to me,” Hahn told the Bee.

In a subsequent column, the Bee’s Marcos Breton documented Hahn’s rise from a young Oak Park resident — who was arrested briefly at the age of 16 — raised by a single mother, to a reluctant college student who never envisioned a career in law enforcement, to a respected police official set to take the reins at his hometown department.

“What Hahn didn’t realize then was that a community of people was growing around him,” Breton wrote. “What he didn’t realize then was that his connection to community in Sacramento would become his life’s calling. That community of people would keep him in law enforcement for good. It would correct him when he needed correcting, and it would fill him with the belief that law enforcement was about community. And yes, Hahn’s connection to Oak Park and Sacramento would be the primary reason for his selection as chief.”

Hahn is the latest in a long line of Hornets serving in law enforcement leadership positions, a list that includes former Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. He also will become the third consecutive Sacramento police chief to be “Made at Sac State”: Both former Chief Sam Somers Jr. ’88 (Criminal Justice) and current Interim Chief Brian Louie ’12 (Criminal Justice) are Sac State alums.

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Former Sacramento Bee publisher and alumna Cheryl Dell to receive honorary doctorate

Cheryl Dell, former publisher and president of the Sacramento Bee, stands with Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen at an April 28 event in her honor. She will receive an honorary doctorate during the Spring Commencement ceremony on May 20.

Cheryl Dell, a Sacramento State alumna whose three-decade career in the news industry was capped by serving as publisher and president of her hometown newspaper, will receive an honorary doctorate from the CSU during Sac State’s Spring Commencement on May 20.

Dell ’82 (Communication Studies), retired in March after nine years heading the Sacramento Bee. Her 30-year career as a newspaper executive included positions at The Fresno BeeThe News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., and the Tri-City Herald in eastern Washington. She returned home in 2008 to assume the top spot at her hometown paper, where her goal was to ensure that the more-than-150-year-old Sacramento paper continued to play an essential role in informing the region. Under her leadership, the Bee received virtually every major journalism award, including a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartoons.

Throughout her career, Dell also has been heavily involved in volunteering. She has served on the board of directors for numerous organizations, including the Sacramento Tree Foundation, Valley Vision, Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO), The Salvation Army Advisory Board, and MLK 365. She also served on the executive committee and was chairman of the board of the Inland Press Association, one of the oldest and largest newspaper membership organizations, serving more than 1,000 member newspapers in the United States.

In 2013, Dell received a Distinguished Service Award from Sacramento State, and in 2014 she was named to the Sacramento Business Journal’s list of “Women Who Mean Business.” She also has returned to her alma mater as an invited speaker and gave a presentation on the state of the newspaper industry at the launch of the Spring 2014 Sac State Magazine.

Dell will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during Commencement. Honorary doctorates recognize excellence in areas that benefit humanity, CSU campuses, the state, nation, or world. They are conferred by the CSU Board of Trustees jointly in the name of the CSU and Sacramento State. For a full list of past winners, visit csus.edu/commencement/honorarydoctorate.

For more information about Spring Commencement, visit csus.edu/commencement.