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January 25, 2020
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About Artful Arrangements Starting the 74th year of the Miss Sonoma County competition Friendly greetings at The Studio salon RP City Managers then and now A dedicated Sonoma County gentleman Astronaut has high hopes Cotati Chamber of Commerce celebrates 60 years SSU ranked as U.S. News ‘Top Public School’ Royal King, Freedom Rider In Memoriam Jud Snyder (1925-2018), Cantankerous Newsman RP honors Sister City’s Ambassadors from Japan This is the zodiac speaking High school counselor retires again Field retires from Special Education Nafe Nafe, a seasoned performer I just make bowls! Factory and trades training facility at SOMO Village Harmony’s Joel, Cotati storyteller Brian Harvey’s love for cars Scott Goree, Executive Director of the Accordion Festival Rohnert Park’s Balldude, Leff Brown Lonnie Mack, a longtime barber and musician A roving community nurse in Cotati From farmland to vineyard Avila collects tokens A spirited heart with compassion A sports doctor putting players together Covering a multitude of braces in the local community Bringing positive to a negative world Celebrating 42 years of business in Cotati Rohnert Park students get schooled in kindness Every day 22 veterans commit suicide RCHS alumnus moves on to the bigtime A Cub reporter’s first scrapbook Recognition of Oliver Fraenkle’s excellence in teaching A special class for children with autism The Cotati Fairy Tale dance brought out the best Grant helps City of RP prioritize creek clean up New gym dedicated and named after Henry J. Sarlatte A Reflection on Women’s History Month 35 years an educator Kindness and generosity comes from many corners of the world Cotati’s Veronda/Falletti Ranch Gegan, an educator of 32 years retires Peace Park at Rohnert Park’s Burton Center Local author tells her story Keeping the faith for 45 years From a garage to an authentic art studio Kitty Collins, an animal whisperer with passion 40 years in real estate and still going strong Cheryl Nixon and Friar Tucks Larry Phan, Living the American Dream Ferrari Salon Celebrates 34 Years Straightening spines for almost forty years A proud Cotatian A repair man with humor Hot cars and good-looking women A Swedish and German lass in Rohnert Park The Stones go to printing A night of pride for the Devil Pups “One Cold Night” raises money for SAY Pet peeves that irritate me (an article of opinion) Cotati Police Officer takes on new role Mastering the art of dance Nonn’s poetry inspired by RP Creeks Students help with rebuilding efforts Cotati’s tree lighting Marionettes at the local library Local Girl Scout Troops receive grant A walk on spot for Barbato RP grant to help host 2019 One Planet Summit 140 years of Japanese American History in new exhibit in Cotati Orion greets the public A new face at the school district office "Streetcar named Desire” stops at 6th St. Playhouse Flying Frog to sponsor upcoming Parkour Competition SSU to help with Mi Futuro Youth Healthcare Credo High’s reprisal: “The Aretha Tribute” Stories matter: Judson Snyder Physics in action at Technology High School Tech High Titans undefeated champions How to do origami Annual Holiday gift and toy drive kicks off The Zschach’s and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang SSU launches ‘financial literacy’ project with Redwood Credit Union Spreckels’ ‘Nutcracker’ ---Precision, color and elegance A day of wood and amazement Ensure holiday packages don’t get stolen DA’s office and Social Advocates for Youth selected to receive grant City of Rohnert Park celebrates Veterans Nov. 11 Change of seasons can be stressful Experience Credo High School Faith Ako: Creating “A Wonderful World” Tech High’s warm clothing drive huge success Get musical instruments back into homes Donaghey has new career after retirement

RP Public Safety Dept. and Cotati Police Dept. promotions

  • The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety held a swearing-in ceremony for the newly promoted officers March 13. Please join The Community Voice Newspaper and Director of Public Safety Tim Mattos in congratulating (Not in the order photographed) Deputy Chief Aaron Johnson, Deputy Chief Mike Bates, Chief Tim Mattos, Lieutenant Andrew Smith, Lieutenant Jeff Justice, Lieutenant Jeff Nicks, Lieutenant Kelly Koffler and Sergeant Nick Labonte. Photo by Robert Grant

  • Corporal Brandon Mitchell, Corporal Brian Deaton, (with his partner, Remo, not shown) Sergeant B (Baudelia) Gallo and Sergeant Paul Goodin received promotions recently. Photo courtesy of Cotati PD

March 22, 2019

The swearing in ceremony was held last week at Sally Tomatoes for the newly promoted police and fire officers.

Deputy Chief Aaron Johnson came to the RPDPS from the Placer County Sheriff’s office. Johnson holds a degree in Criminal Justice Management and currently teaches Supervisory Leadership at the Santa Rosa Junior College Public Safety Training Center to first line supervisors from all over Ca.

Deputy Chief Mike Bates started his career in public safety 29 years ago as an EMT and paramedic. After spending two years as a police officer in Santa Barbara, he came to RPDPS and has held various assignments. Since 2012 Mike been active in a countywide alcoholic beverage prevention effort through the development of curriculum and course delivery of Responsible Beverage Service Training.

Lt. Andrew Smith moved to Rohnert Park as a baby and attended Rancho Cotate. High School. After attending the police academy, he was hired by the Cotati Police Department where he worked for two years before going to RPDPS. He was promoted to Sgt. in 2013 and oversaw the Field Training program for the department.

Lt. Jeff Justice moved to Rohnert Park in 1979 and while attending the Ranch, Jeff made the decision to be a Public Safety Officer for RP. Jeff has been a supervisor in the Patrol Division and supervised the departments former Special Enforcement Unit. Justice has spent the last five years supervising the department’s Investigations Bureau before rotating back to patrol in Feb.

Lt. Jeff Nicks has been with the Department of Public Safety since 1999 and has worked in many capacities within the department. Jeff maintains a passion and strong work ethic for the public safety profession and believes in the family first philosophy.

Lt. Kelly Koffler was born in Nev. and joined the army out of high school. While in active duty he was stationed as a Military Policeman at the Presidio of San Francisco. He was hired as a full time public safety officer in 2001. 

Sgt. Nick Labonte attended and graduated from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy in 2004 and came to Rohnert Park in 2007 after having been a police office at Cotati and a Sheriff’s Deputy at Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department. Nick has served as a drug recognition expert, field training officer, engineer and a member of the Community Oriented Problem Solving Team.

The Cotati Police Department has newly promoted officers

Brandon Mitchell was promoted to the rank of Police Corporal after serving as a reserve police officer and full-time police officer. Corporal Mitchell has been with the Cotati PD since 2015.

Brian Deaton whose K9 partner Remo was promoted to the rank of Police Corporal after serving as a Cotati reserve police officer and full-time police officer. Corporal Deaton has been with the Cotati PD since 2013.

B (Baudelia) Gallo was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant after serving as a Cotati volunteer, reserve police officer, full-time police officer and police corporal. Sergeant Gallo has been with the Cotati PD since 2006. 

Paul Goodin was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant after serving as a Cotati reserve police officer, full-time police officer and police corporal. Sergeant Goodin has been with the Cotati PD since 2012.

Corporal Deaton and Corporal Mitchell said this is a great career helping the community. We are not a sleepy little town like people think it is as you never know what you are going to get. We love the connection we have with the community.