I was born and raised in Oakland, CA and currently live in San Leandro. After high school I enlisted and served three years in the US Army’s Military Police Corp, from 1963-1966 and was Honorably Discharged as a Sergeant. I returned to Oakland married and started a family. I joined the San Leandro Police Department in 1967 and served 33 years, the last 14 years as Police Chief. During my time at SLPD, I received a BA degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Criminology and went on to Golden Gate University in San Francisco, earning a MPA degree in Public Administration/Government. I am also a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy. I left SLPD in 1999 and assumed an appointment to the position of Assistant Sheriff with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and served in that position until 2006. I held a number of jobs in the 40 years in Law Enforcement but the best was working as a high school teacher at San Leandro High School, a position I held for 7 years. My wife and I have two grown children and four grandchildren, two in San Jose and two in Annapolis, MD.
I have been a part-time resident and a full-time tax payer in the Arnold area since 1978. My hobbies are: model railroading, cooking, reading and building muscle cars. I volunteer for the Water Board because I believe in giving back to the Community. I am also on the Board of a $90M Credit Union and have been since 1980. I learned a lot of lessons while working as a Police Officer and one was about Leadership.
Leadership is doing the right thing, after weighing in on all the facts of an issue. Leadership is not always popular.