Loomis substation gets new commander

By: Leah Rosasco, Loomis News Correspondent
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There is a new sheriff in town, or at least a new commander.

After nearly 19 years with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant Darrell Steinhauer has been named as the new South Placer Substation commander. He took on the duties in October after the previous commander, Lieutenant Wayne Woo, was promoted to a position at the Placer County Jail.

Steinhauer, 42, began his career with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office as a college intern and was hired as a deputy sheriff in 1994. Steinhauer has lived in Loomis with his wife and children for 12 years and has been assigned to a number of divisions in the Sheriff’s Office, including investigative positions in Loomis. As a resident of the community, Steinhauer said he had been hoping for the chance to return to work at the South Placer Substation.

“I have a vested interest in this community and I had wanted to come back,” he said.

From the South Placer Substation the Placer County Sheriff’s Office serves the Town of Loomis and the unincorporated areas of Loomis, Newcastle, Ophir, Penryn, Lincoln, Granite Bay, West Roseville and Sheridan.

Steinhauer said he’s impressed with the more than 40 officers who staff the substation, including patrol officers, detectives, and school safety officers. Although he said law enforcement personnel are always looking for ways to better serve the community, Steinhauer said he has no plans to make any major changes any time soon.

“I’m not looking at changing anything,” Steinhauer said. “I just urge our folks to stay involved with the community.”

Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner, said Steinhauer’s experience in law enforcement and his commitment to the South Placer area make him a perfect fit as the substation commander. Bonner said there is a real benefit when the community knows it has the ability to reach out and have contact with the Sheriff’s Office. 

“Most importantly, he is an incredibly talented police officer,” Bonner said. “But the fact that he lives in Loomis and is committed to South Placer is incredibly important.”

When he’s not working, Steinhauer spends much of his time as a volunteer with his children’s sporting activities. Until recently, he served on the board of the Golden Eagles Baseball league, where his son plays, and he currently serves on the board of his daughter’s swim team, the Loomis Basin Dolphins.

Steinhauer has also coached his son’s flag football team and he coordinated a charity event that brings public safety personnel together in a football game to benefit the Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy. Steinhauer said when he has time he also enjoys riding dirt bikes and camping.

“Between work and my family I keep pretty busy, but it’s great to be involved in what they are doing and what is going on in the community,” he said.

Steinhauer said one of the greatest benefits of working in his own community is that people know he’s accessible and recognize him as a parent, a coach and a friend as well as a law enforcement officer.

“I feel like I’m back home,” Steinhauer said.