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4A Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 Indian Valley Record ~o Dan McDonald He has an extensive back- Managing Editor ground in the agency's com- dmcdonald@plumasnews.com mercial program. "I worked at the truck scales for a long If Dave Casey hadn't picked time," he said. a career in law enforcement, For the past three years he he could have been a radio per- was based in Sacramento as sonality or a talk-show host. an investigator for CHP inter- He's got the gift. nal affairs. "Do I tall too much?" the 50- Casey joked that he had to year-old asked with a smile as convince his new Plumas he leaned forward in his County co-workers that he chair. He was halfway wasn't up to something sneaky. through a 45-minute interview "I said, 'Trust me, I'm not a and just hitting full stride, spy,'" Casey said. "But inter- Casey spoke with the excite- nal affairs has a sort of stigma ment and enthusiasm of a per- attached to it. Sometimes you son doing something new. are called the 'rat pack.'" And for good reason. Casey credited his internal After 24 years with the Cali- affairs experience for his fornia Highway Patrol, Casey strong, showing on the was recently promoted to sergeant's exam. sergeant, scored so well on "I learned so much about the test that he was able to the department there," he choose where he wanted to said. "Because you are ex- work. posed to so much there. It's a He picked Quincy. behind-the-scenes look at how "To be honest with you, I things work." can't explain it," Casey admit- Most of all, Casey said he ted when asked why he chose enjoyed representing }he CHP Quincy. "I just said, 'That's in public. where I'm going to go. I want to "I'm very much a people go to Quincy.' ... So here I am." person. I like to interact with The Red Bluff native has people. I like to meet people," had several, mostly rural, as- Casey said. "When I was a signments with the CHP. 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Michael C. Taborski Co-Owner/Publisher Keri Taborski Sherri McConnell Co-Owner/Legal Advertising Display Advertising Manager Kevin Mallory Cobey Brown Vice Pres./Admin. Vice Pres./Operations Dan McDonald Tom Fomey Managing Editor Production Manager Alicia Knadler Elise Monroe Resident Editor Bookkeeper Sandy Condon Eva Small Human Resources Director Composing Manager Mary Newhouso Jenny Lee Classified/Circ. Manager Photo Editor p n n n i mm i n n i n n mm ~ -. Subscription Order Form I Indian Valley Record | P.O. Box 469, Greenville, CA 95947 I Please enter my subscription for__ years. l r [~ Enclosed find my check for $ | [~ In County $26 per year [~ Out of State $44 per year I [~1 In California $37 per year. Name i Address I City, State, Zip. Subscriptions can be Vansferred, but not refunded. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Dave Casey talks about his recent promotion and transfer to Quincy during an interview at his Quincy office last week. Casey, a 24-year CHP veteran, is an avid reader and collector of books about U.S. history. He's also an aspiring author. Photo by Dan McDonald and businesses. I like to rep- "Then I will feel settled in and resent the department in a look forward to making some positive light. That is impor- friends. I look forward to find- tant to me." ing a church to attend. And But Casey is also very just getting out there in the much a family person. The di- community." vorced father of three said Casey said he also looked leaving his friends and chil- forward to seeing his 23-year- dren was hard. old daughter and her two chil- "That was the hardest thing dren, and his sons (21 and 18) about leaving internal at- for Thanksgiving. The kids fairs," Casey said. "Leaving were making the trip to spend the people that I had relation- the holiday with their dad. ships with." "I'm very excited to see Casey is living in Portola them," Casey said. "This is my and commuting to the Quincy first time away from them." office. He is set to move into a Casey is passionate about a house in Quincy on Dec. 7. lot of things. In addition to He will be renting the house spending time with his chil- of the outgoing Plumas County dren and grandchildren, he director of facilities and air- enjoys reading and talking ports, Joe Wilson. Wilson re- about American history. He's cently accepted a job with Pacif- an avid collector of history ic Gas and Electric Co. in Chico. books. He has a collection of "I'm looking forward to more than 300 books -- some moving in," Casey said. of them rare. "I'm a big fan of U.S. history He also likes to get lost in -- especially the founding of books by John Steinbeck and the country," he said. "I start- Harper Lee'S one and only ed reading books about it. And novel. that turned into a passion of "'To Kill a Mocking Bird' ... actually collecting books. "I have got to tell you, Harper "I have one book that wasLee's writing style and her written by Alexander Ham|l- prose ... It's just un-be-liev- ton's grandson," he said.able. It just blew me away." Casey's library includes a Then Plumas County's first-edition seven-volume set newest CHP sergeant paused on the life of George Washing- ... leaned back and smiled big. ton by Douglas Southall Free, "This probably isn't what man. people would think of coming But his favorite foundingfrom a police officer, huh," he father is Thomas Jefferson. said. "I'm very much a Jefferson- But Casey is equally pas- |an," he said. "If it weren't for sionate about being a police Jefferson, we wouldn't have a officer. He said his varied ex- Bill of Rights." per|once is valuable. When Casey isn't reading,"It's not like I've got three he's writing. He has beenor four years on the job and writing a book for about four barn, I'm promoted to years. He has 15 chapters and sergeant," he said. "I've got a title: "The Road Home."that experience under my belt "Well, I have a title if some- which will help guide me." body doesn't have that one al- Casey said he has also re- ready," he said. ceived valuable guidance "My book is about a man'sfrom Sgt. Jim Wheaton and struggle. Basically it's about Commander Bruce Carpenter. going through a divorce, and "I'm getting a wealth of in- how that affected him. And formation," he said. where that took him. It's diffi- Casey said he is aware of cult to explain. If you read it, the highly publicized prob- you would understand, lems between the community "I don't want to say thisand some CHP officers that book is going to be a Clwistian came to a head last year. novel, but it's going to have "I'm hoping we have worked the faith interwoven in that.,' through,that," he said. "I like Like most authors, Casey is to see the community and the his toughest critic. Highway Patrol work togeth- "My biggest problem is I ed- or. Us as public servants, and it as I go. And I can't get the community supporting us through that," he said. "So, I in whatever ways they can. write, write, write and then I "Ideally, in a small town like go back through it and say, this, I think that is totally plau- 'Well, I don't like that.' sible. I think there can be a "Last December, I took two good working relationship. The weeks of-vacation, and that's town is too small to not have a all I did was write. 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