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!1 Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 ~A - Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com If Dave Casey hadn't picked a career in law enforcement, he could have been a radio per- sonality or a talk-show host. He's got the gift. "Do I talk too much?" the 50- year-old asked with a smile as he leaned forward in his chair. He was halfway through a 45- minute interview and just hit- ting full stride. Casey spoke with the excite- ment and enthusiasm of a per- son doing something new. And for good reason. After 24 years with the Cali- fornia Highway Patrol, Casey was recently promoted to sergeant. He scored so well on the test that he Was able to choose where he wanted to work. He picked Quincy. "To be honest with you, I can't explain it," Casey admit- ted when asked why he chose Quincy. "I just said, 'That's where I'm going to go. I want to go to Quincy.' ... So here I am." The Red Bluff native has had several, mostly rural, assign- ments with the CHP. He start, ed in Baldwin Park, east of Los Angeles, and also served in King City, Clear Lakeand Red Bluff. He has an extensive back- ground in the agency's com- mercial program. "I worked at the truck scales for a long time," he said. For the past three years he was based in Sacramento as an investigator for CHP internal affairs. Casey joked that he had to convince his new Plumas County co-worker that he wasn't up to something sneaky. "I said, 'Trust me, I'm not a spy,'" Casey said. "But inter- nal affairs has a sort of stigma attached to it. Sometimes you are called the 'rat pack.'" Casey credited his internal affairs experience for his strong sh'5'wing on the sergeant's exam. "I learned so much about the department there," he said. "Because you are exposed to so much there. It's a behind-the- scenes look at how things work." Most of all, Casey said he en- joyed representing the CHP in public. "I'm very much a people per- son. I like to interact with 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 people. I like to meet people," Casey said. "When I was a pub- lic affairs officer, I liked that because I got to get out into the community and do public speaking. I went to the colleges and grade schools and busi- nesses. I like to represent the department in a positive light. That is important to me." But Casey is also very much a family person. The divorced father of three said leaxving his friends and children was hard. "That was the hardest thing about leaving internal affairs," Casey said. "Leaving the peo- ple that I had relationships with." Casey is living in Portola and commuting to the Quincy office. He is set to move into a house in Quincy on Dec. 7. He will be renting the house of the outgoing Plumas County director of facilities and air- ports, Joe Wilson. Wilson re- cently accepted a job with Pa- cific Gas and Electric Co. in Chico. "I'm looking forward to mov- ing in," Casey said. "Then I will feel settled in and look for- ward to making some friends. I look forward to finding a church to attend. And just get- ting out there in the communi- ty." Casey said he also looked forward to seeing his 23-year- old daughter and her two chil- dren, and his sons (21 and 18) for Thanksgiving. The kids were making the trip to spend Regular local blood donors Mike De Lasaux and Joe Smailes await their turn ,,on the table" at a recent blood drive. Donors are encouraged to attend the next drive Tuesday, Dec. 4. Photo submitted The holiday season always drive coordinator Judy puts United Blood Services' Wright, "we're hoping both blood supply on high-demand our regular donors and those status, and since UBS is who haven't donated before Quincy's "go to" organization will find the time to help for blood when needed, local out." residents have historically To schedule an appoint- turned out for local blood dri- ment, contact Wright at 283- yes, Local residents will have 4948, or simply go online to bloodhero.com and use the an opportunity to pump up UBS' supply Tuesday, Dec. 4, sponsor code "Quincy." from noon to 6 p.m. The drive Donors aged 16 and 17 can location is the Church of Je- participate with parental ap- sus Christ of Latter-day proval. Permission forms are Saints, on the corner of available fromWright. Bucks Lake Road and Bel- Walk-in appointments lamy Lane, just west of are welcome, but prospective Plumas District Hospital. donors should be sure to "With the rush of the hall- bring their ID and eat a day season," said local blood hearty meal before arrival. the holiday with their dad. "I'm very excited to see them," Casey said. "This is my first time away from them." Casey is passionate about a lot of things. In addition to spending time with his chil- dren and grandchildren, he en- joys reading and talking about American history. He's an avid collector of history books. He has a collection of more than 300 books --:Some of them rare. "I'm a big fan of U.S. history -- especially the founding of the country," he said. "I start- ed reading books about it. And that turned into a passion of actually collecting books. "I have one book that was written by Alexander Hamil- ton's grandson," he said. Casey's library includes a first-edition seven-volume set on the life of George Washing- ton by Douglas Southall Free- man. But his favorite founding fa- ther is Thomas Jefferson. "I'm very much a Jefferson- ian," he said. "If it weren't for Jefferson, we wouldn't have a Bill of Rights." When Casey isn't reading, he's writing. He has been writ- ing a book for about four years. a head last year. "I'm hoping we have "I'm a big fan of U.S. history -- especially the founding of worked through that," he the country. I started reading books about it. And that turned said. "I like to see the commu- into a passion of actually collecting books." nity and the Highway Patrol work together. Us as public Dave Casey, servants, and the community CHP Sergeant supporting us in whatever ways they can. He has 15 chapters and a title: ceived valuable guidance from "Ideally, in a small town "The Road Home." Sgt. Jim Wheaton and Cam-like this, I think that is totally "Well, I have a title if some- mander Bruce Carpenter. plausible. I think there can be body doesn't have that one al- "I'm getting a wealth of in- a good working relationship. ready," he said. formation," he said. The town is too small to not "My book is about a man'sCasey said he is aware of the have a good working relation- struggle. Basically it's about highly publicized problems be- ship. going through a divorce, and tween the community and "And I'll do whatever I can how that affected him. And some CHP officers that came to to work toward that." where that took him. It's diffi- cult to explain. If you read it, you would understand. No more "I don't want to say this book is going to be a Christian squinting. novel, but it's going to have the fa, ith interwoven in that." No more Like most authors, Casey is his toughest critic, misplaced "My biggest problem is I edit as I go. And I can't get through glasses. that," he said. "So, I write, No more write, write and then I go back through it and say, 'Well, I distractions. don't like that.' "Last December, I took'two Enjoy the weeks of vacation, and that's all I did was write. If I sit down clarity and to write, I get lost in it," Casey convenience of said. He also likes to get lost in unrestricted books by John Steinbeck and Harper Lee's one and only nov- eyesight. el. "'To Kill a Mocking Bird' ... "I have got to tell you, Harper Lee's writing style and her prose... It's just un-be-lievable. It just blew me away." Then P]umas County's newest CHP sergeant paused ,.. leaned back and smiled big. Contact lenses have never been easier or more comfortable. "This probably isn't what With the many styles to choose from, We can help you select people would think of coming the style that's right for you ! from a police officer, huh," he said. FREE trial pair with contact lense exam. But Casey is equally passion- ate about being a police officer. 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