There was green and gold and plenty of blue in the University Union Ballroom on Friday, Aug. 11, when Sacramento State alumnus Daniel Hahn ’95 (Marketing) was officially sworn in as Sacramento’s 45th police chief.
More than 1,000 family, friends, law enforcement officers, and other guests were on hand for the occasion, including Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. Hahn was sworn in as chief surrounded by his wife, two daughters, and his adoptive mother. In his remarks, he talked about growing up in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, the importance of community, and returning to the campus where he earned his degree.
“I can’t think of too many places that are more important to our city, and our community, and our youth, and the future of our community, than my alma mater, Sac State,” Hahn said.
Sacramento State alumnus Daniel Hahn ’95 (Marketing) is leaving the Roseville Police Department to become chief of the Sacramento Police Department, but that doesn’t mean the former is losing its connection to the University. Hahn’s replacement in Roseville will be fellow alumnus Jim Maccoun ’86 (Criminal Justice), the Roseville and Grass Valley Press-Tribune reported this week.
Maccoun joined the Roseville department as assistant chief in 2014, following 32 years in Sacramento and, according to the Press-Tribune, “built a reputation in Roseville for working diligently behind the scenes, with Hahn recommending him to Jensen as his successor and Jensen interviewing no other candidates.”
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 Sculley 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.