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There is much to do behind the scenes of the Folsom Pro Rodeo

Retired Folsom Fire Chief Dan Haverty stays in saddle of happenings in town
By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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FOLSOM CA - When Folsom Fire Chief Dan Haverty retired in 2010, he told the Telegraph he wanted to stay connected with the city and the community. He?s doing just that in a big way. Haverty has chaired the Folsom Pro Rodeo for the past two years and is responsible for the behind-the-scenes happenings from porta-potties to traffic mitigation. ?It?s the back-office planning between the Chamber and the city that I do,? he said. ?When I was fire chief, I represented the city?s interest and the last two years I try to represent everyone?s interest.? Haverty said the rodeo hosted about 6,000 people last year and he hopes to see the same crowd this year. ?We sold out every night,? he said. ?We hope to do that again this year.? Maryann  McAlea, of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, said Haverty brings the perfect balance of leadership to the rodeo committee. ?Dan has years of public service and a very collaborative leadership style,? she said. ?He is able to bring all the key stakeholders of the rodeo together and hit the perfect balance between public safety concerns and the objectives of the rodeo.? McAlea said Haverty has the same goals as the Chamber in making the rodeo a fun, family oriented event. ?The rodeo is an important part of Folsom tradition and Dan understands that,? she said. The Folsom Pro Rodeo, now in its 52nd year is the region?s longest running event and maintains its ?folksy, small-town feel,? Haverty said. ?It?s not about the glitzy stuff. It?s about going someplace with your family, enjoying an American sport and seeing fireworks,??he said. If putting on one of the area?s largest events weren?t enough, Haverty also teaches an online public administration course for the University of Southern California, wrote a course for the California Professional Firefighters Association, works on his 22-foot Tolman skiff boat and is an active member of Folsom Lake Rotary and Holy Trinity Church in El Dorado Hills.