In the ongoing “We are SRPD” series on our Facebook page, various members of the San Ramon Police Department are being introduced to the community we serve. Each Facebook post includes a quote about what SRPD means to the person being profiled and a short biography of their law enforcement experience. As we post these profiles on Facebook, we will also be adding them here on sanramonpolice.com. It will be your one stop shop for all of the “We are SRPD” profiles.
Chief Joe Gorton
“It is always fulfilling when you serve a community as an individual, but it is so much more to serve as part of a team. The San Ramon Police Team is committed to serving the community and each other. It is why we exist. Service beyond self will last a lifetime.”- Chief Joe Gorton
Chief Gorton has served with the San Ramon Police Department since our inception in 2007. With over 28 years in law enforcement, his experience has spanned all aspects of municipal and county policing. Chief Gorton also holds a master’s degree in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco and is a graduate of California’s Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) Command College.
Officer Sophia Wrangham
“It’s great to be a police officer in San Ramon because of the support we receive from this community. It’s a hard time for law enforcement nationwide but we are really lucky to be so appreciated here in San Ramon.” – Officer Sophia Wrangham, Patrol Division
Officer Wrangham joined the San Ramon Police Department in 2013. Sophia has 10 years of law enforcement experience, including assignments as a School Resource Officer and as a member of the VSET (stolen vehicle) Task Force Team. The San Ramon Police Department is very fortunate to have Sophia protecting the community as part of our patrol team.
Corporal Rich Persson
“It is a privilege and a blessing to be a police officer in San Ramon. I believe the emphasis the San Ramon Police Department has placed on Community Policing has been instrumental in creating a positive relationship between officers and the community. San Ramon is a great place to work!” -Corporal Rich Persson, Investigations Division
Corporal Persson has been with the San Ramon Police Department since our inception in 2007. Of his 23 years in law enforcement, 19 of those have been in San Ramon. Prior to 2007, Rich also worked in San Ramon as a Deputy Sheriff back when San Ramon police services were provided through the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff. Rich’s assignments have included Patrol, D.A.R.E., Youth Resource Officer, SWAT Team Crisis Negotiator Team Leader, Mutual Aid Mobile Field Force Squad Leader, and Field Training Officer. Rich is currently assigned as a Detective in the Investigations Division and SRPD is glad to benefit from his knowledge and experience. It has been a great career for Rich and fortunately for him (but unfortunately for the San Ramon Police Department), he will be retiring in December of this year.
Officer John Cranford
“We have an remarkable group of people, both sworn and non-sworn, who work together to do amazing things for our Police Department. That, coupled with the support we have from the City of San Ramon and the San Ramon community, make this a great place to work. Having grown up in San Ramon, I am very thankful for the opportunity to give back to the community that helped shape who I am as a person.” – Officer John Cranford
Officer Cranford joined the San Ramon Police Department in 2012 and is a member of our traffic division. During his 9 years in law enforcement he has also served as a patrol officer and school resource officer. In addition to his regular assignment, John is a member of the Central County SWAT Team and the Central County Regional Traffic Team.
Records Supervisor Mary Doherty
“I feel very fortunate to work for a City and a Police Department that takes such pride in our community, the Law Enforcement profession, and what it stands for. The goal of the San Ramon Police Department has always been to provide the best customer service possible, and it shows in the strong relationships we have built with our community. Together, the citizens of San Ramon and our department have made the City of San Ramon an awesome place to work and live and I am very proud to be a part of the San Ramon Police Department.” – Mary Doherty, Records Supervisor
Mary Doherty joined the San Ramon Police Department in 1994. Mary supervises the Records Division, which is responsible for all aspects of document control within the department as well as the community service provided at the San Ramon Police Department front counter. As the Records Supervisor, her role is to maintain the integrity of all San Ramon Police Department’s records. In 2006, San Ramon decided to start our own Police Department and Mary was a part of the six person transition team which set the foundation for what is now the San Ramon Police Department. In 2015, she was again a part of a transition team when we opened the new San Ramon Valley 911 Communication Center.
Officer Katie Williams
“I started my career in a large agency, but always wanted to work in a community that I could be personally involved in. I chose to join San Ramon Police because of the families I have the opportunity to serve and the activities I get to be a part of. When I’m not at work, you will find me and my family staying active at local parks and sports fields.” –Officer Katie Williams
Officer Williams joined the San Ramon Police Department in 2015 and is currently assigned as the School Resource Officer at Dougherty Valley High School. She is also coaching softball at the high school this year. Officer Williams’ 10 years of law enforcement experience includes time as a patrol officer and training officer.
VIP Nayan Mody
“I enjoy giving back to my community by volunteering at the police department. I help with special events and police department activities. My main project is updating the emergency contact information for local businesses so if there’s an emergency the police officers know who to call.” – Nayan Mody, SRPD Volunteer
Nayan Mody joined the San Ramon Police Department as a VIP (Volunteers In Policing) in November 2014 after retiring from the real estate and banking world. Nayan volunteers with various charity groups in the Tri-Valley area as well. Nayan was selected as the SRPD Volunteer of the year for 2015. His perpetual enthusiasm, willingness to help out in any way he can, and the considerable number of hours he has dedicated to the police department are appreciated by everyone at our agency.