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Citrus Heights News Briefs: police chief, elections, city survey

A sign outside the new city hall in Citrus Heights alerts voters that the location is a designated ballot drop-off site in Sacramento County. // CH Sentinel

Latest local news briefs include a City survey being launched to help brand Citrus Heights as a go-to destination, Police Chief Ron Lawrence officially taking his seat as the new top cop, and election officials reporting a record-breaking total for ballot drop-offs at city hall.

City launches new survey to help ‘brand’ Citrus Heights
A new in-depth survey was launched this week, seeking to help the City of Citrus Heights develop a brand identity. In a Nov. 3 news release, the City said it had partnered with North Star Destination Strategies to develop the 15-plus page survey, with the aim of identifying “what makes the community special so it can stand out in the marketplace.” North Star’s website features several case studies of past branding efforts for cities across the U.S., including Lodi and Tahachapi.

Survey questions include “what motivated your decision to live in Citrus Heights,” and “What is Citrus Heights’ most under-appreciated asset/amenity?” A question toward the end of the survey asks “If Citrus Heights were a famous person who would it be? Why?” Those wishing to complete the survey can do so until Nov. 27, 2016. (See survey)

New police chief officially takes position in Citrus Heights
Citrus Heights’ new police chief officially took position as the top cop in town on Oct. 31, calling his first week on the job “amazing” and “busy in a good way.” Chief Ron Lawrence, formerly Rocklin’s chief of police, said the week included a CHPD Citizens Academy graduation as well as a Law Enforcement Records Association banquet — both of which he said gave him a first-hand look at “how much our community appreciate their police department.” A public reception for Chief Lawrence will be held on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. in the city hall foyer, followed by a swearing-in at 7 p.m. during the city council meeting. (See agenda)

Official: Over 5,500 ballots already dropped off at Citrus Heights city hall
A slow but steady stream of voters holding distinctive pink vote-by-mail envelopes could be seen entering city hall Friday afternoon to drop off their ballots shortly before 5 p.m. According to Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Jill LaVine, the Citrus Heights location is among the top two ballot drop-off sites in the County, with a total of 5,565 ballots received through Nov. 4.

According to a data sheet provided by LaVine, drop-off locations around the County average about 2oo ballots received per day, while Citrus Heights has seen nearly double that amount over the past week. A drop-off location at Elk Grove’s city hall is the top site in the County, with over 7,000 ballots received already. LaVine said the totals “continue to go up and continue breaking records.” Vote-by-mail ballots can be dropped off at 6360 Fountain Square Dr. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or at any polling place in the County on Election Day, until 8 p.m. (Find your polling place)

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