Get to Know Your Assistant Chiefs of Police

By Ashley Downton, City of Rancho Cordova  |  2018-06-14

Assistant Chiefs Lieutenant Chad Lewis and Lieutenant Jeff Schelldorf are responsible for managing and overseeing the units and officers at RCPD, as well as serving as liaisons between the units and Rancho Cordova’s Chief of Police. Photo courtesy City of Rancho Cordova

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) is proud to announce we now have two Assistant Chiefs of Police to serve our growing community – Lieutenant Chad Lewis and Lieutenant Jeff Schelldorf.

Our Assistant Chiefs are responsible for managing and overseeing the units and officers at RCPD, as well as serving as liaisons between the units and Rancho Cordova’s Chief of Police. A second position was added to further increase the level of support for our team at RCPD.

Meet our Assistant Chiefs of Police!

Lieutenant Chad Lewis

Lieutenant Chad Lewis wanted to be a doctor, and specifically an anesthesiologist, from day one. He studied at Fresno State as a pre-med major and made good grades. However, he was miserable between the school schedule and three part-time jobs, and realized he needed to make a change. He decided to come to Sacramento to take a few criminal justice classes; he got hooked, and never looked back.

Lieutenant Lewis took a reserve police officer academy certification course and enrolled at California State University, Sacramento where he changed his major to criminal justice. He moved to Rancho Cordova and started working at Foundation Health in the community. He even proposed to his wife on the Sunrise Pedestrian Bridge!

In 1993, he applied for and was accepted into the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Academy. He worked full-time at Foundation Health during the day and attended the Sheriff’s Academy at night and on Saturdays.  He graduated as the most outstanding recruit and was hired by the Department that same year with the goal to become a SWAT Officer.

Over his 25-year career, Lieutenant Lewis has worked in Patrol, Main Jail and Branch Jail, Problem Oriented Policing, the Communications Center, Special Operations, Air Operations and SWAT.

One of the most defining moments in Lieutenant Lewis’ career was in 2000 when he applied for both air operations and SWAT, as the tests were being conducted around the same time. He was added to the waitlist for SWAT, and was selected to Air Operations as a Tactical Flight Officer and later a Crew Chief and training officer for air operations. He loved everything about the role and felt it was a natural fit for him.

Two years later, Lieutenant Lewis, who at the time was a Deputy, was called to the Lieutenant’s office and asked if he wanted to go to pilot training. He immediately said yes to the five-year commitment. But the Lieutenant stopped him and said, “Hold on. You have a decision to make. The Tactical Commander wants you to come to SWAT.”

“Every decision I had made up to that point in my career was with that goal in mind,” said Lieutenant Lewis. “So I gave up my wings and joined SWAT.”

Lieutenant Lewis served in SWAT for a total of 14 years in his career, as a Deputy Operator and Sniper, Sergeant Team Leader and Lieutenant Tactical Commander. Through the years, he participated in over 1,400 high-risk entries and spontaneous tactical events, often as the first person on the team through the door.

“I don’t want bad things to happen in this world, but I know they will,” said Lieutenant Lewis. “When they do, I want to be the first one there to fix the problem and make it better. This is what drove me in SWAT and has continued to drive me today.”

Another memorable moment in his career was coming full circle back to Rancho Cordova as the Assistant Chief of Police for RCPD in July 2017.

“It felt like going away to college and coming home again,” Lieutenant Lewis said. “The Rancho Cordova Police Department is an inspiring place to work. We have an all-star team and the support of the community. In the last month, I can’t think of a time I have been in the community and haven’t been stopped by a resident to be told thank you.”

In his role, Lieutenant Lewis oversees the Patrol Division, Administration team and Youth Services Unit.

Lieutenant Jeff Schelldorf

Lieutenant Jeff Schelldorf grew up in Sacramento in a law enforcement family. His stepfather was a Deputy Sheriff and his mother was a Dispatcher with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

At 21 years old, Lieutenant Schelldorf wanted to see what a career in law enforcement might look like for him, so he went to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Reserve Academy and became a volunteer reserve officer for a few years.

In the meantime, Lieutenant Schelldorf enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and deployed overseas on active duty. When he returned in 1998, he applied for and was hired as a Records Officer with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

In 1999, Lieutenant Schelldorf realized he wanted to become an officer, so he attended and graduated from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Academy. In 2000, he was hired with the Department.

“In the Academy, I realized that this was a family, not just a job, and a place I wanted to be the next 25 or more years,” he said.

Over the next 13 years, he worked at the Main Jail, California Department of Justice Anti-Terrorism Information Center Task Force, contract City of Citrus Heights, Patrol, Detectives, Airport Division, IMPACT Division and Communications Bureau.

In September 2013, Lieutenant Schelldorf joined RCPD as the Administrative Training Sergeant overseeing training programs for officers, special programs and planning for special events. In addition, he partnered with then-Chief and Assistant Chief of Police to start the Crime Suppression Unit, a highly proactive team funded by the City of Rancho Cordova’s Community Enhancement Fund that focuses on enforcement in high crime areas in Rancho Cordova, and he oversaw the unit.

“Before coming to the Rancho Cordova Police Department, I had never worked in this area and didn’t know what to expect,” said Lieutenant Schelldorf. “I quickly realized how engaged the community was in their city and how supportive they were of the Rancho Cordova Police Department.”

In 2015, Lieutenant Schelldorf was assigned to the IMPACT Division as the Gang Sergeant covering the area south of the American River, including Rancho Cordova. In 2016, he was promoted to Lieutenant and worked at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center as the Watch Commander.

In 2017, Lieutenant Schelldorf returned to RCPD as a Watch Commander for the Patrol Division Day Shift, managing and overseeing four sergeants and 18 officers for RCPD and the East Division.

Lieutenant Schelldorf feels fortunate for the opportunity to have been selected for the newly-created Assistant Chief of Police position.

“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be selected for this new position and be involved in building positive leadership and vision for the Rancho Cordova Police Department,” said Lieutenant Schelldorf. “The officers are extremely talented and have outstanding work ethic. In addition, it helps coming to work every day knowing you have the community’s support.”

In his new role, Lieutenant Schelldorf oversees Community Services and Investigations, which includes, Problem Oriented Policing Unit, Crime Suppression Unit, Detectives, Crime Analysts and the Traffic Unit.

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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) is kicking off the summer with its next Citizen’s Academy.

RCPD’s Citizen’s Academy is a seven-week course that will provide local residents with information about the police department and its proactive policing programs, as well as tools and resources residents can use to help prevent crime. The academy will be taught by police executives and veteran officers on Wednesdays from July 18 through August 29, 2018 from 6 – 8 PM.

“The Citizen’s Academy will offer our residents an insider’s look at the many ways the Rancho Cordova Police Department keeps our community safe,” said Police Chief Chris Pittman. “The Academy will also further build relationships and increase communication between our officers and residents, which is vital to continue preventing crime in Rancho Cordova.” 

Academy participants will learn about the divisions at RCPD, laws of arrest, patrol procedures, investigations and other topics. Participants will also experience a tour of the main jail, a special presentation by air ops, and meet RCPD’s K9s.

Twenty-five residents and business professionals graduated from the spring Citizen’s Academy, including resident and business professional Ryan Yentes. 

“I decided to participate in the Academy to further advance possibilities for a career in law enforcement. I figured getting my face out there and getting familiar with the departments, especially where I reside, would be the best benefit for me,” Yentes said. “K9 was one of my favorite parts of the academy, in addition to air ops. I didn’t know that they worked so close together.” 

Applications are available online at or in person at 2897 Kilgore Road, weekdays between 8 AM – 5 PM. Applications are due by 5 PM on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old, live or work in the City of Rancho Cordova or Sacramento County East Division, have no prior felony convictions or misdemeanor arrests within one year of application.

If you have any questions about the Citizen’s Academy, please call (916) 875-9653.

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Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Nature Area at 2018 California Nonprofit Day Celebration

From the Office of Ken Cooley  |  2018-06-14

Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Koobs Nature Area Chairperson Linda Jones and Kiwanis Club President Wayne Lang stand proud as the Earl J. Koobs Nature Area is recognized as the 8th Assembly District’s 2018 Nonprofit of the Year.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) – On Wednesday, June 6, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored the Earl J. Koobs Nature Area as the 8th Assembly District’s 2018 Nonprofit of the Year.

Each year, the California Legislature hosts the California Nonprofits Day Celebration to recognize nonprofit organizations that make significant contributions to their communities.

“The Koobs Nature Area is a gem of the region, with educational opportunities inlaid in beautiful, native scenery,” said Assemblyman Cooley.  “I am very proud to honor the Earl J. Koobs Nature Area as this year’s Nonprofit of the Year, and to share the fantastic opportunity Sacramentans have to immerse themselves in our local, natural ecosystem.”

The Earl J. Koobs Nature Area’s 4.7 acres of land was purchased by La Sierra High School and Garfield Elementary students in 1971 for environmental education, and dedicated to Earl “Ranger Jack” Koobs in 1973 to honor his inspiration for and dedication to the area.  The Nature Area features hiking trails, three ponds, a bird sanctuary, butterfly gardens, and a self-guided tour with thirty markers.  The Nature Area’s plants are predominantly native to the Sacramento region.  Throughout the year, the Nature Area hosts free public events with educational themes and hands-on activities.  Additionally, the Nature Area dedicated the first-known monument to the Vietnam War in California in 1973, and hosts annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies.  The Nature Area is currently maintained by the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael and their partnerships with volunteers from local nonprofit organizations, schools, and park districts, and Boy, Girl, and Brownie Scouts.

“Our club brings meaningful learning and fun to families interacting with nature area, and it is an honor to receive this recognition,” said Wayne Lang, President, Kiwanis Club of Carmichael.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.   For more information, please visit

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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is where the phrase, “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” came from. The person who said that in the story was a sailor on a becalmed ship that was surrounded by salt water that he could not drink. There are a few people in California (40 million) who seem to have a continuing problem about water when it comes to where it is, where it should go, or how much water the citizens in Northern California should be allowed to drink. The last thing I heard was that someone is going to be fined $1,000 for either drinking too much or using too much water…or something like that. We are not going to hire “water cops” to make sure someone doesn’t drink too much water.

The “Waterfix” has been going round and round and round for years, and the solution (or Waterfix) that the Governor wants approved before he leaves office is to get two huge tunnels that will move a large amount of the Sacramento River water to Southern California. He said that would ensure that 26 million citizens of California would be sure to get the amount of water they want. I still wonder, however, what about the other 14 million citizens in Northern California?

Looking back in time, the Peripheral Canal Act was on the June ballot in 1982. The vote was 3,444,483 against and 2,049,042 for, so it was kept quiet for a while; but now the canal has appeared wearing another costume called the twin tunnels. Quite a charade, but still a wolf in sheep’s clothing the way I see it. And now another thing (or things) appeared in the news regarding the City of Sacramento talking about selling more Sacramento water to Southern California.

Now let’s see; the Governor wants to build two huge tunnels ($16 billion) (Waterfix) to move Sacramento River water to Southern California. The City of Sacramento wants to sell more Sacramento River water to Southern California. There is no discussion by anybody about lowering the amount of water that is already being sent to Southern California from Northern California using the California Aquifer, which was built in the 60’s. The citizens of Northern California are being told that they have to begin using less water, then less water, etc. or the water companies (maybe) will have to pay $1,000 in fines. I’m not sure what else will come up with the “Water Wars” in California, but when Mark Twain said, “Whiskey is for Drinking; Water is for Fighting Over,” maybe he was more of a prophet than he realized.

From Vice Mayor Bob McGarvey, God bless, and see you next time.

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District Selects Cordova High Principal, Mills Middle School Assistant Principal

By FCUSD District Digest  |  2018-06-14

Jerad Hyden

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Folsom Cordova Board of Education announced the selection of two new administrators at its June 7 meeting


Principal, Cordova High School: Jerad Hyden

Hyden is an instructional leader who is known for having high expectations while building positive relationships with his students, staff, and families. He joined Cordova High as an assistant principal 2017 after working in neighboring school districts that serve diverse communities.

During the selection process, Hyden outlined a comprehensive, multiyear vision for improving student achievement so that all learners are prepared for success after high school, whether in college or their careers. He also emphasized a desire to strengthen relationships with community partners, and to lead proactive outreach to the school’s feeder elementary and middle schools in an effort to build Lancer Pride and enthusiasm throughout the community.  

Hyden, the first in his family to graduate from college, began his career in education teaching middle and high school students in underserved communities of South Sacramento. Before joining Cordova High, Hyden served as a teacher-in-charge at Valley High School, where he held administrative duties, including maintaining positive outreach with all feeder sites to foster student matriculation to the high school. Additionally, he served two years as an assistant principal at Sacramento High School in Oak Park, where he collaborated with teachers to obtain the highest growth in math scores within the Sacramento County Unified School District.

“Jerad has a track record of building a positive rapport with staff and students alike, and he inspires those around him to rise to the challenge of helping all students meet their potential,” said Superintendent Sarah Koligian. “Those who know and work closely with him will tell you that in a short time he already embodies Lancer Pride.”  

Hyden was selected after an extensive public input process and search that drew candidates from outside of the District. During forums held for Cordova High staff, families, alumni, students, and community members - as well as in survey responses - stakeholders indicated that they desired Cordova High’s next leader to be visible on campus and in the community, with a deep knowledge of strong educational practices and success in a diverse community.


Assistant Principal, Mills Middle School: Jenna Schuette

Schuette is a veteran educator who began her teaching career at Cordova Meadows Elementary School. She spent a decade as a teacher at Mills Middle School and another eight years as the school’s academic support coach.

Since 2016 Schuette has served as Folsom Cordova’s Academic Support Coach, helping increase teacher collaboration and facilitating strategies to improve student achievement. From March through June of 2018, she served as the interim principal of Carl Sundahl Elementary School in Folsom.

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Sheriff’s Canine Association Recognized as Non-Profit of the Year

Sergeant Shaun Hampton, Sheriff’s Spokesman  |  2018-06-14

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Canine Association was selected by Senator Ted Gaines as a California Non-Profit of the Year. Photo courtesy Sacramento County Sheriff

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Canine Association was selected by Senator Ted Gaines as a California Non-Profit of the Year and was recently recognized at the State Capital during the third annual California Non-Profits Day.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Canine Association officially became recognized as a non-profit association in 2005.  The association was initially established by members of the Sheriff’s Department Canine Detail who saw a need for financial assistance to aid the retired canines after they had served our community.

These fantastic animals are often asked to do extremely hazardous work and can be credited for saving lives, apprehending criminals who have evaded capture, and also locating missing persons.  Some of them are also trained to locate firearms, explosives, narcotics, and evidence.

Since its inception, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Canine Association has supplemented the training and equipment of our active canine teams and enhanced the safety of our deputies and their canine partners.  The association has also been able to assist with veterinary bills after these dogs retire and fully cover the costs of all burial fees associated with each of our retired canines when they are laid to rest.

We share an incredible partnership with the SSDK9 Association to ensure these canines are taken care of during and after their service to the community.  To learn more about the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Canine Association, please visit their website at

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Xolos de Tijuana Will Face Monarcas Morelia at Raley Field on July 11 at 7:00 p.m.

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Pazzo Sports is proud to bring two of the most successful soccer teams in Mexico to Raley Field in West Sacramento on Wednesday July 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Mexico’s best known “Dog Pound” Xolos de Tijuana will clash for the first time ever in Sacramento with México’s soccer royalty Monarcas Morelia, two of the top teams in the Liga MX this season.

Xolos de Tijuana Manager is Diego Cocca from Argentina, and he will be guiding star players Miller Bolanos, Fernando Arce, Victor Malcorra, Goalkeepers Luis Michel, Gibran Lajud, and the rest of the dynamic starters.

For Manager Roberto Hernandez, Monarcas, Carlos “El Guero” Fierro, Gabriel Achilier, Sebastian Sosa, Carlos Guzman, Angel Sepulveda, Juan Pablo Rodriguez, El Chino Millar, and the rest of the first team will be anxious to face Xolos for the first time ever in California’s capital city.

The Liga MX is the top level of the Mexican Soccer League, and each of the teams that have played at Raley Field in the past have played their hearts out in appreciation of the thousands of soccer fans that have attended the matches.

Tickets to this historic match are on sale now and available at and

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