Sonoma Hires New Police Chief

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Lt. Orlando Rodriguez will take over as chief of the city’s police department on July 17. Rodriguez’s selection was announced by City Manager Cathy Capriola at the end of June. He is replacing Bret Sackett who is retiring.

Capriola said Rodriguez’s familiarity with small-town policing makes him a perfect fit for the job. He began his career in law enforcement with Petaluma PD in 1995 and joined the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office four years later. He has worked in a number of capacities on the force, from patrol and community policing to crisis response and negotiation.

The City of Sonoma has contracted policing services through the Sheriff’s Office since 2004. The department has 16.5 employees on staff: the police chief, two sergeants, ten deputies, two community service officers, and 1.5 administrative employees.


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