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May 29, 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 RAFD names part-time fire chief 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 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

RP adds seven to public safety

  • The new and promoted staff for the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety is, from left, Christine Palm, Dana Benavides, Joel Auerbach, Matthew Huot, Sean Huot, Jennifer McAllister, Chief Brian Masterson, Jim Thompson, Kelly Koffler, Commander Aaron Johnson and Commander Mike Bates. Photo courtesy of Don Schwartz

February 3, 2017
Longtime officer also promoted to rank of sergeant

The City of Rohnert Park swore in seven new staff members to the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety and celebrated the promotion of a longtime officer to sergeant in a ceremony held Jan. 23. The new hires include four graduates from Rancho Cotate High School. 

Sergeant Kelly Koffler was promoted from a public safety officer position, where he has been serving since 2001. His roles have included serving as a detective, fire engineer, training officer, and acting supervisor. 

Officer Sean Huot, a Rancho Cotate graduate and former football player, was recruited by other officers from his prior job at 24 Hour Fitness. He is nearing completion of his BA in Criminal Justice from Sonoma State University. 

Sean’s brother, Officer Matthew Huot, also attended Rancho Cotate. A graduate of the Santa Rosa JC Police Academy, he worked for 1½ years for the Clearlake Police Department before recently joining the RPDPS. His mother Kathy said, “I never expected both of them to be sworn in on the same day with the same department. I’m one big goosebump!” 

Officer Jennifer McAllister graduated from the Napa College Police Academy and was immediately hired by the RPDPS. She is a fitness buff and former personal trainer. 

Fire Marshall Jim Thompson formerly worked for the Vacaville and Berkeley fire departments. He is a graduate of the SRJC Fire Technology program, and is already known for working collaboratively with businesses to ensure that they are fire safe. 

Records Clerk Christine Palm worked for the Stockton Police Department before joining Rohnert Park. She was a competitive softball player in high school. 

Dispatcher Dana Benavides is a Rancho Cotate graduate and former dental assistant. Dispatchers in Rohnert Park are experts at keeping calm under pressure and multi-tasking as they dispatch for both police and fire calls. 

Community Services Officer Joel Auerbach is a Rancho Cotate graduate and former lieutenant in the RPDPS Explorer program. He is pursuing a degree in the Administration of Justice from SRJC. 

“We’re fortunate to hire individuals such as these with a great sense of professionalism and service to our community,” Vice Mayor Pam Stafford said. “I’m confident that they will help to keep Rohnert Park a safe city.”

The recent hiring reflects the RPDPS’ continuing success in recruiting new staff. In 2016, the department hired 14 staff, including six officers, and in 2015 hired 22 staff, including 16 officers.