In a press release Tuesday afternoon, city officials announced that after 4 ½ years of dedicated service to the Galt Police Department, Chief Tod Sockman will be retiring. His effective date of retirement is planned for Nov. 8, 2020. Sockman was hired in March 2016 after being selected through a statewide comprehensive recruitment process.
According to the release, the chief’s efforts in Galt have focused on creating a robust community outreach and social media program to strengthen the police department’s connection with the residents of Galt. Additionally, under the chief’s leadership the police department has deployed officers to major critical incidents in Northern California, created an enhanced training, recruitment and retention program, oversaw the procurement of a new patrol fleet, new uniforms, new equipment and “has fostered the best community-police relationship in the nation.”
“Chief Sockman has been a tremendous leader during his tenure in Galt,” Mayor Paul Sandhu said. “He will be sorely missed by the residents in this community, but I know he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and seeing what new opportunities exist for him.”
Sockman’s law enforcement career includes 18 years with the West Sacramento Police Department where he started as a patrol officer in 1997 and moved through the ranks to lieutenant. Prior to joining West Sacramento he served 10 years with security police in the United States Air Force.
Chief Sockman has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management, graduated from the FBI National Academy and received a graduate certificate of achievement with a concentration in homeland security from the University of Virginia. He served on the Board of Directors for the California Police Chiefs Association, as well as the Central Sierra Police Chiefs Association.
In reflecting on his time in Galt, Sockman said, “it has been an honor to serve the community of Galt since March 2016. I leave the police department knowing there are great people and amazing leaders that will carry on and keep the Galt Police Department moving forward. We have come a long way – together.”
The city will begin the process to identify Sockman’s successor in the coming months.