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New police chief to make $164,340

By: Jon Brines, Placer Herald Correspondent
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Rocklin’s new top cop is going to make less than his predecessor, but will retain many of the same perks. The annual salary consists of $164,340 plus benefits. According to the city, former Chief Mark Siemens made $197,904, plus benefits, in his last full-time contract. According to city documents, Rocklin’s new police chief Ron Lawrence’s employment contract will save the city $35,000. Lawrence was promoted from Rocklin Police captain. He’s a 21-year veteran of law enforcement who came to Rocklin in 2006 from the Palo Alto Police Department. According to his five-year contract, the city shall provide for Lawrence exclusive use of a vehicle for unrestricted business and personal use anywhere within 120 miles of the city and for business use anywhere within the state of California. And with prior approval of the city manager, anywhere outside the state. He’ll also get $300 a month in matching funds for the city-sponsored deferred compensation program, $100 for a cell phone allowance and 80 hours of management leave annually. He doesn’t have set working hours, according to the contract. The city will pick up his uniform costs and pay 100 percent of Lawrence’s contribution to California Public Employee’s Retirement System where he’ll be allowed to take 3 percent of his salary for every year he works at age 50. Right now, he’s 41 years old. In the event of involuntary termination, Lawrence will be paid six months salary, life and health insurance premiums — termination based on malfeasance, injury or illness doesn’t count. He also gets health, dental, vision and cost of living increases set by the city’s management bargaining unit. Without any public discussion Tuesday night, the Rocklin City Council unanimously approved the new contract. “Congratulations chief,” Mayor George Magnuson said at the meeting. Lawrence told the council he appreciated the opportunity. “I won’t fail you,” Lawrence said. “I look forward to serving you and the citizens of Rocklin for many years to come.” Lawrence will preside over a police department that maintains 51 sworn officers, 25 support staff and 120 volunteers on a $12.5 million budget. The city of Rocklin has a population of 56,109 with 21 property and violent crimes per 100,000 people. Rocklin’s overall crime rate has increased 9 percent since this time last year, according to police. Last month, Roseville hired Daniel Hahn from Sacramento Police as their new police chief. Hahn oversees 123 sworn officers in Roseville with a population of 115,781 and a $29 million police budget, earning an annual salary of $174,000. Lawrence officially became chief April 1 after Siemens retired.  -------------- Rocklin Police Chief Compensation Salary: $164,340 • $3,600 annual deferred compensation • $1,200 annual cell allowance • CalPERS pension: 3 percent at age 50 • Vehicle for business and personal use • 80 hours of management leave • 6 months pay upon involuntary termination