Retired Pleasanton Police Chief Gary Soward was recognized at the Feb. 15 council meeting, with a proclamation in his honor. February 16 was proclaimed Chief Gary Soward Day, for his service to the City of Pleasanton.
Pleasanton Mayor Pro-tem Travis Hall Jr. read the proclamation, which stated Soward officially retired in 2012, after 37 years of outstanding and meritorious service to the residents of Pleasanton.
Soward began his public safety career with the Pleasanton Police Department in August of 1975. As a result of diligent work and demonstrated ability, he advanced through the ranks to his final and most important position of Chief of Police on June 30, 2000 with the Pleasanton Police Department.
In 1979, Soward was awarded the Aerl Jernigan Memorial Award for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. In 1985 he received the Distinguished Police Officer Award from U.S. Senator Phil Gramm. In 1987, he was assigned to the 81st Judicial District Narcotics Task Force. In 2007 he received an award from the City of Pleasanton as the Employee of the Year.
“Now therefore on behalf of the city council and the residents of Pleasanton, it is an honor to express our sincere and grateful appreciation to Chief Gary Soward for his service to the City of Pleasanton and declare Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 to be Chief Gary Soward Day in Pleasanton,” said Councilman Hall.
Pleasanton Police Chief Ronald Sanchez then presented Soward with an honorary retired badge made for him.
“We can’t think of anyone more fitting than Chief Soward. I still call him Chief,” said Sanchez.
Sanchez was hired by Keith Blair then worked for Chief Soward for several years, which Sanchez said was an honor.
“This is a profound honor for me to be able to present him with this on behalf of the City of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton Police Department. Thirty-seven years- that is a long time and I congratulate you,” said Sanchez to a round of applause.