February 17, 2018 – John Foster, candidate for Nevada County Sheriff, has announced that Scott Berry has joined the Foster Transition Team.
Berry began his career with the Petaluma Police before joining the Yuba City Police Department where he served for 22 years. Berry was involved with the development of SWAT teams in both agencies.
Berry was recruited to help build the new Truckee Police Department in 2001. His responsibilities included personnel, budgets and policies as well as establishing the training program for integrating the initial 22 officers from 16 different agencies into a cohesive team. Berry was named Truckee Police Chief in 2003 and gained a reputation for his collaboration with the community and surrounding law enforcement agencies.
Berry was the Training Manager and consultant for Crisis Consultant International, a Christian program providing training and crisis management to missionary programs. He also handled kidnap cases, personal security and threat assessments worldwide.
More recently, Berry has served as Interim Police Chief in Marysville, Nevada City and Crescent City.
Berry said, “I support John Foster for Sheriff because he is true to the ‘Code of Ethics’ for law enforcement and strives to build collaboration within the community and within local agencies for the betterment of the community.”
Berry is serving on the Board of Directors for the California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation. He previously was on the Tahoe Truckee Women’s Shelter Board of Directors, the California Peace Officers Association Board of Directors and as a Church Youth Program leader, taking local youth to Mexico to build homes for needy families.
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Chief Berry has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from CSU, Sacramento and a Masters of Science in Management from California State University of Pomona. He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program, the POST Command College and the FBI National Academy at Quantico VA.
Berry lives in Nevada County with his wife Julie. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Berry’s addition brings yet another highly respected law enforcement leader to the Foster transition team. Foster himself is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement and is the most experienced candidate in the Nevada County Sheriff’s race. He was Chief of Police in Grass Valley for over 17 years, President of the Central Sierra Police Chiefs Association and is active in numerous local and professional public safety organizations.