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West Sacramento police lieutenant named Galt’s new police chief

Tod Sockman, Galt Police Chief
Tod Sockman, Galt Police Chief Galt Police Dept.

Tod Sockman, an 18-year-veteran of the West Sacramento Police Department, has been named Galt’s new chief of police.

Galt City Manager Eugene Palazzo said Tuesday that the selection of Sockman followed an extensive recruitment process. Sockman is to assume his duties March 21.

Palazzo said Sockman has a reputation as a leader and a strong commitment to partnering in the community and region.

“Besides his proven track record as a leader, Mr. Sockman brings to the city of Galt a diverse set of skills that will continue to move the department and the city forward,” Palazzo said in a written statement.

Sockman joined the West Sacramento Police Department as a patrol officer in 1997 and rose through the ranks to the position of lieutenant, reporting directly to the deputy chief of police. Before that, he served 10 years as a security police officer with the United Sates Air Force. His experience with the West Sacramento department included leadership roles in community and predictive policing, professional standards, critical incident management and investigations, according to a city of Galt news release.

Sockman has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy and received a graduate certificate of achievement with a concentration in homeland security from the University of Virginia.

“I am honored and humbled for the opportunity to lead such a great team of men and women of the Galt Police Department,” Sockman said in a written statement. “Galt is a very safe community and through our partnerships with our residents, businesses, employees and schools we will make sure that we remain one of the safest cities in the region.”

Sockman will take the helm from Dan Drummond, a former West Sacramento police chief who has served as Galt’s interim chief following the retirement of Chief William Bowen last April.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy