A new sheriff in town

On April 6, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station will welcome a new captain. David Silversparre will be replacing Capt. Tim Peters who is set to retire on March 31 after four years at the local station.

Silversparre is now a lieutenant, pending his scheduled promotion to captain on April 6. He is presently serving in field operations Region One headquarters as aide to Chief Neal Tyler.

His assignment to the station comes full circle as he began his career here.

“Having opened the CV Sheriff’s Station in 1973 as a law enforcement Explorer from the old Montrose station, I am honored to be selected to command the fine men and women in this station,” Silversparre said. “It is like a dream come true.”

Silversparre has deep roots in the foothill community where he has lived since 1959. He is a graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, as are his children, Michelle and Steven. His daughter will graduate from the University of Southern California in 2008 in the field of technical theater and is interning for CBS. His son attends Glendale Community College and is a water polo coach for La Cañada High School. His wife of 25 years, Kristen, is a speech and language pathologist who works for Glendale Unified School District.

He has served in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department for over 28 years. “I learned early on that I wanted to be in law enforcement,” Silversparre said.

“On Monday evening, Sheriff Baca called me [about the promotion],” he said. Law enforcement candidates are hand-selected for their knowledge and experience. “I am honored and excited that the city of La Cañada and representatives of L.A. County have concurred with Sheriff Baca’s decision.”

“He comes highly recommended,” said La Cañada Mayor Dave Spence, who added that the city council was delighted that Silversparre was offered the job. “Obviously he grew up in the city; his parents live here. It is like having our own captain in our town. We are extremely proud to have someone who is so well respected within the sheriff’s department and a hometown boy.”

Silversparre said that his knowledge of the area as well as his experience throughout the sheriff’s department will help when he assumes command at the Crescenta Valley station.

“I worked patrol at Temple and Lynwood stations and have experience with risk management,” he said.

He added that he was looking forward to working within the community and understands the specific needs of the area. His duties will include overseeing the station’s detectives, deputies, volunteers and staff within the unincorporated areas of Crescenta Valley and in La Cañada.

When asked if he had any plans once he is officially assigned to the Crescenta Valley station, he said it is too early to know specifics.

“But I will encourage my staff to continue to be courteous and responsive to the community’s needs as well as providing a safe environment for the residents,” he said.

“I look forward to working with the community and their challenges alongside the many volunteers and employees working with the city [and Crescenta Valley].”

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