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Randy Sonnenberg Named Livermore Interim Police Chief

Sonnenberg served 30 years with the Foster City Police Department, before retiring as the department's chief in 2004.

With the recent retirement of Chief Steve Sweeney, the City of Livermore announced an interim police chief to lead the department on Wednesday.

Former Foster City Police Chief Randy Sonnenberg has been appointed to the position. Sonnenberg served 30 years with the Foster City department before retiring in 2004.

“Chief Sonnenberg will do an excellent job during his time as the interim Chief. We will draw on his expertise and leadership over the next few months," Livermore city manager Marc Roberts said. "Chief Sonnenberg makes a fine addition to an already outstanding Police Department.”

In a press release, the city said Sonnenberg has temporarily relocated to Livermore so he can give his complete access to the community and the police department.

Sonnenberg is currently a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the California Police Chiefs Association. He is also a mentor and coach and is a sought after speaker with police departments in California, the city said.

Is there a specific issue you would like Sonnenberg to focus on or do you have any advice for the interim chief? Tell us (and him) in the comments section.

Daniel Graham April 05, 2013 at 06:20 PM
@Liver-morose-one: Your comment was no better and your name alone is an embarrassment, even to morons like me. Besides apologizing to the new chief, apologize to the rest of us, for having us sift through these comments and seeing yours posted. And since you were talking about taking a mature approach in welcoming the new chief, you should have set the better example out there and ignored all the hostile commentary, instead of adding one more hostile comment in the discussion thread and insulting the rest of us in the process. But if all one has here is vitriol and biting satire, all you added here was just more fuel to the flames here in this thread. Instead of taking the high road and welcoming the new Chief of Police, you took the low road instead and took to sniping at the rest of us, who may even be the people he is supposed to serve and protect.
Kirk Snyder April 05, 2013 at 07:54 PM
...and "smutty", too.
Trevor Tooze April 05, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Welcome to Livermore Chief. The old saying goes; "The proof of the pudding, is in the eating". Most Livermore citizens are supportive of our Police Department, but as you can see, we have a few, that wouldn't thank Santa Claus, if he gave them a gift. Have tolerance, and prove them wrong.
Daniel Graham April 05, 2013 at 10:07 PM
@Terrible Tooze: You do know that Santa Claus is not real, do you? Besides, I could do more with a lump of coal these days if it were given to me.
JT April 10, 2013 at 07:33 PM
There are more than a few officers on patrol in our town with a tough guy complex. Officer Black comes to mind. get their badge # call internal affairs. record all interactions. most important KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. this isnt Russia or China. these are paid public servants not the gestapo.

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