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May 27, 2017
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The annual Avenue of Flags May 29 at RP Community Center SSU commencement; one for the history books Problem reaching AT&T last weekend? During Rohnert Park City Council meeting protestors unexpectedly take center stage Vehicle pursuit ends with arrest of 14-year-old Ex RP public safety officer pleads no contest to sex offenses Rancho 2017 top 20 Great turnout for RPPSOA pancake breakfast to help Project Grad Gabriella stole the show Town Hall meeting Sheriff's office releases details on SSU officer involved shooting A true celebration of ‘Cinco de Mayo’ Project Grad help in full swing Richard Crane Elementary School Suspect arrested after evading a Cotati Peace Officer Emiri Nomura awarded scholarship Shopping carts ran amok in Cotati last Saturday Ricardo Oliva receives ‘Coach of the year’ for the Northern District Sonoma State University equestrians jump with joy on their way to Kentucky Double Decker Lanes hosts the QubicaAMF Boys and Girl Club employee arrested for child endangerment Armed suspect arrested after resistance RP girl accosted while walking to school And they're off. . . Saddle Up and Ride Community quickly rallies for Project Grad Cotati opposes SB 618 Rohnert Park City Council to host Town Hall meeting on May 3 Graton Tribe makes good on payments Auto burglar arrested by Cotati Police A bit of Uganda A mission to help RP to replace old trees Engineering with Legos at the Ray Miller Community room Bunkers at Foxtail set for repairs RP man arrested for attempted murder CRPUSD OKs two contracts Credo gets used to new digs at SMV Golf Course Drive Crossing concerns may delay SMART train ‘Quiet Zones’ Man busted for DUI after crashing into tree in RP New hands bring subtle changes to Sharing of the Green fundraiser A traditional dance of Japan Shameful time in history RP rejects new self-storage facilities Survey Says: Rohnert Park Residents Love City, but not Traffic Council amends UDSP Body of missing woman found KRCB garners huge windfall from FCC auction Missing Penngrove woman's body found in Marin County Bunfest was hopping with bunny lovers Nonn expected to sue CRPUSD Credo crew marches to new home Cotati delays vote on Valparaiso The Voice enters into 25th year Cotati-reviews midyear budget Two RP Parks getting upgrades A new look for SSU gym RP man reported missing Padre Town Center changes hands Sonoma County to take a look at immigration issue Bomb scare closes RCHS Local Tech High student chosen for Scholars program RP to conduct survey Man arrested after high-speed chase through 3 cities RP makes changes to city code for ADUs Man gets 11 years in prison for RP knife attack Man who led chase into SF caught Treasurer for Rancho Cotate High Project Grad Arrested for Embezzlement A crab feast at Community Center Taking a pie in her grill RP man busted for possession of meth Cotati OKs water, sewer rate study RP votes to regulate vaping CRPUSD schools now a safe haven for immigrant students RP adds seven to public safety Cotati votes to host shopping cart race Man arrested for attempted murder Defibrillators proving to be invaluable assets Artists ready for art show at library Reilani Peleti Corrections Suspected explosive device at RCHS Seventh-graders in local schools to be taught CPR Voice issues apology to school board, superintendent RP man arrested on drug possession charges

RAFD names part-time fire chief

March 24, 2017
Leonard Thompson to continue serving as Petaluma fire chief as well as RAFD
Leonard Thompson spent the first 35 years of his career with the Los Angeles Fire Department, which serves more than 4 million citizens over 471 square miles. He spent his last years as second in command of the department in the role of Chief Deputy of Emergency Operations. Thompson retired from the LAFD in 2010. 
But retiring from public safety doesn’t seem to be in Thompson’s blood.  Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District has tabbed Thompson to replace former Chief Frank Treanor, who retired from the RAFD in December 2016, after serving for 10 years. 
This is just the latest example of his commitment to serve. After leaving the LAFD, Thompson moved to San Rafael, and became a member of that city’s fire commission, where he helped form a nonprofit foundation to provide financial support to the department. In 2015, he accepted the position of Chief of Petaluma Fire Department, and says that his recent agreement to also serve as part-time Chief for RAFPD is the ideal arrangement for everyone involved. Rancho Adobe maintains its independence, but increases its opportunities to join with Petaluma FD. These neighboring agencies already work jointly on many responses.   Chief Thompson’s view of the future is managing six stations instead of three, and integrating the day-to-day operations in a way that benefits everyone.
“I believe everybody gets something good from this agreement,” Thompson said. “RAFPD gets the management oversight that they need, Petaluma Fire gets access to the first-class training facilities at Rancho Adobe, and I get the pleasure of working with another great team of firefighters and staff.”
When the firefighters learned of the need for a new chief, they proposed Thompson as a candidate to the Board of Directors, and he was accepted enthusiastically.
Union President Jimmy Bernal said, “The union members appreciate Chief Treanor for his hard work and achievements during his 10 years at RAFPD. We welcome Chief Thompson, and have complete confidence that he will be able to take this district to the next level.  His impressive achievements and reputation are welcome at Rancho.  We feel honored and motivated to work with Chief Thompson.”
“This is the second time in a row that we have had the good fortune to have someone with major city experience bring that capability to our district,” Rancho Adobe Director Mark Hemmendinger said. “First, Chief Treanor, with his years of leadership in the San Francisco Fire Department, and now Chief Thompson from LAFD.”
Chief Thompson officially began his expanded duties on March 2.