Captain Sam Fisk served as a reserve deputy before getting hired as a full time deputy in 1994.
From there, he worked his way through the ranks in the contract city of Rancho Cucamonga and the Homicide Division, plus stints as a training officer before making sergeant.
“That gave me an introduction to the reality of leadership.” he said in his talk with the Kiwanis Club of Highland on Thursday, Oct. 5. He even did a tour in Highland.
Apparently, his leadership training paid off, because he was brought into Central Headquarters as a lieutenant in charge of the Bureau of Administration, which included working on the Sheriff’s $600 million budget, where he was promoted to captain.
Then, former Police Chief Captain Tony DeCecio had to go out on sick leave, and Fisk was called back to Highland to take the command here.
Fisk praised the work of DeCecio and promised to work from that base for even further improvements.
“I’m a people person,” he said. “I like to be out and about.”
With that in mind, he plans to institute a new program beginning Oct. 19 which will see him more active in the community, talking with individuals and groups.
“This is a great community,” he observed, “and a great (police) department. But we can’t do it alone. We need more eyes and ears. Like we say, ‘If you see something, say something.’ Don’t worry if it’s just a stranger in the neighborhood. Give us a all if he looks suspicious and we will check him out.”
He plans to continue the H.O.P.E. (homeless) program and urges residents not to give money to panhandlers.
Fisk said there are food and housing programs for those who want to get off drugs and alcohol. The cash they receive only goes for drugs and alcohol.
“Do I need more deputies? I will always need more deputies. But working in Finance, I understand the need to work within a budget. The city is doing a good job with its budget and has managed to continue without cutbacks through the recession. They have a reserve for the nest time, and there will be a next time. So we will work with what they give us.”
City Councilman John Timmer, a member of the Kiwanis Club, warned there will be those promising more deputies during the upcoming election, but he says it would be foolhardy to spend one-time money on ongoing expenses like law enforcement until the money runs out.
The Kiwanis Club meets Thursdays at 7:15 a.m. at the East Highlands Ranch Stone House, 7136 Club View Drive, Highland.