Solano Community College police officer Joe Ramos walks into the Student Center Friday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

Solano County

Shakeup to Solano Community College police shows results

By From page A1 | January 19, 2013

FAIRFIELD — When Solano College replaced its police chief in August, college leaders claimed someone with experience would replace him and make significant changes.

That man was retired Vacaville police Lt. Ed Goldberg, who was quickly named interim chief after the dismissal of former Chief Steve Dawson.

Jowel Laguerre, president and superintendent of the college, said at the time that the decision was his and he was looking to make changes after evaluating the service of the department. That change in leadership has now given way to upgrades in equipment, procedures and the hiring of new officers.

Solano College trustees were introduced at Wednesday’s board meeting to Gary Anderson, a 30-year veteran who retired from the Vacaville Police Department, and Duane Walker, another law enforcement veteran who spent 20 years with the Vallejo department. John Adams, who also works at the College of Marin, was hired Friday.

For Laguerre, things are happening just as he hoped they would.

“Bringing Chief Goldberg in, he promised to shake the trees and bring in someone we would be proud of. We envisioned something positive. We had really high hopes,” Laguerre said. “We knew we would see some improvement.”

Coming back to the job wasn’t on Anderson’s mind after retiring as a lieutenant, until he was contacted by Goldberg. Having worked together in Vacaville, Anderson said knowing Goldberg and how he does business was the draw.

“I wasn’t looking for a job. If it wasn’t Ed and I didn’t know him, I wouldn’t have applied,” Anderson said. “In the first two weeks I’ve been here, he’s moving the professionalism of this department up the ladder.”

Goldberg said he was enjoying his retirement since 2010 when he was approached by Yulian Ligioso, vice president of finance and administration. He knew there would be challenges in taking the job, but said he saw potential.

He’s enjoying himself so much, Goldberg said he would like to return as an officer when his allotted hours for working after retirement end in the next couple of months.

“I knew there were good people here after meeting (Ligioso),” Goldberg said. “Honestly I didn’t envision getting back in a uniform.”

When he arrived, Goldberg said he found inferior equipment and a lack of organization. He’s currently working on protocols for handling certain incidents, something that hadn’t been completed in the past. He quickly instituted monthly meetings where training will take place.

Equipment also needed upgrading, Goldberg said, starting with badges. Part-time and full-time officers were wearing different badges, which he said added confusion. Community service officers got larger, more official badges as well. He also equipped officers with small cameras that clip to the uniform, to record certain service calls.

Goldberg said he used a connection to get a deal on new radios for each officer, and two vehicles were purchased to patrol the satellite campuses. He’s also looking into replacing the large, outdated phones each officer is issued with phones with cameras to log evidence.

When he arrived, the force was made up of two full-time officers, one of which is out on injury leave. There were also four part-time officers and two community service officers. The college is currently in the hiring process. Goldberg said there will eventually be four full-time officers, eight part-time officers and four community service officers.

Laguerre said the money used for the hiring came from money budgeted for staffing. He said other funds were shifted around and reorganized from past use.

“We were not using our resources the best way possible. I just know we needed better,” he said. “You haven’t seen the whole thing yet.”

For Joe Ramos, the full-time officer who has been with the department for 12 years, the change has been refreshing.

“We’re coming out of the dark ages,” he said.

Ramos said the upgrades, hires and organization have lifted his moral and gives the department more credibility.

“The other agencies we work with will respect us more,” he said. “This badge says police, not security.”

Laguerre said another interim chief would likely be hired after Goldberg’s time runs out.

“We are exploring what else to do,” he said. “We are working on coverage first and the structure later.”

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Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.

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  • Nils CarlsonJanuary 19, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Wow, this is outstanding..Retirees now working for the school district. Congrats to all of them. I know they will do a great job!!

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  • RealcopJanuary 19, 2013 - 10:12 am

    Mr. Carlson, You are clueless! Ed "goldilocks" Goldberg and Gary "geek" Anderson were worthless Vacaville cops! Would you REALLY want them and Joe "barney fife" Ramos attempting to save your kids?

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  • Nils CarlsonJanuary 19, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    A little anger or might I saw envy in your voice, whomever you may be..

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  • Nils CarlsonJanuary 19, 2013 - 3:19 pm

    A little anger or might I say envy in your voice, whomever you may be..

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  • KC and the Sunshine Band featuring Augustus CeasarJanuary 19, 2013 - 9:16 pm

    Realcops are humble self-assured types that are to busy being real cops..to post insults about other cops. Perhaps we can make arrangements to meet face-to-face at any location of your choosing and discuss your comments & qualifications. My guess is your not a real cop but a disgruntled applicant or use-to-be Officer who was released for the usual reasons. Your hating attitude reflects this. Instead of pointing out fault in others...work on self-improvement instead. If you were not successful in a law enforcement career...move on to something else you won't be so bitter. There's also the possibility that your not a cop at all, and simply someone who has had a past issue with Goldberg, Anderson, or Ramos, and see an opportunity to take a cowardly stab behind the security of anonymity.

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  • truth be toldJanuary 19, 2013 - 9:28 pm

    Can I get an amen? I have a pretty good idea who this real cop is he should go by real coward!

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  • truth be toldJanuary 19, 2013 - 4:26 pm

    Hey Real Cop, are you a real cop? Do you have an 832? Or are you just a wanna be? I have known Officer Joe Ramos for many years; I assure you he is no Barny Fife. I would really enjoy the opportunity to see you express that to him personally so I could see his reaction. Let’s see honorably discharged Air Bourne Ranger, Former Oakland Housing Authority Officer, Former Pittsburg Police Officer, former Lt. United States Department of Defense federal Police. Not exactly what I call Barny Fife. Now as for your comments about Lt. Goldberg and Anderson really what evidence do you have that they were worthless Vacaville Cops. I understand both of them were highly decorated, one if not both have received medals of valor and credited with commendations of excellent service. If you were truly a REAL COP and had so much knowledge of peoples past then you would know that this is the best thing that has happen to SCC PD. They finally have a real thriving department with a real leader at the helm. They have REAL COP'S that are excited about doing their job. The department now has a chance to be successful after the poor miss management under the direction of a Chief that was worthless, unqualified and never was a real cop he was a bigger joke than Barny Fife! So REAL COP instead of slamming these fine Officer why not stand behind them and applauded there efforts.

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  • Nils CarlsonJanuary 19, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    Good feedback for the last writer..I wish he would have the guts to state his real name..Definitely doesn't know the facts about any of these gentlemen. thanks for setting him straight!!

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  • Alaskan AmberJanuary 19, 2013 - 9:51 pm

    ---"I would really enjoy the opportunity to see you express that to him personally so I could see his reaction."--- What would his reaction be? And what would you personally "enjoy" about seeing it?

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  • truth be toldJanuary 19, 2013 - 11:11 pm

    My best guess Amber is that he would ask this person what gave him the idea that he was some make believe TV show comedian? This is a man that holds an advanced POST certificate and has over 20 years serving and protecting the community or communities he has worked in. A US Veteran that has stood a post so you and I can sleep under the blanket of his protection, so yea I would really like to see (enjoy) this coward cyber bully that hides behind his computer show up and reveal him or herself. Cops don’t ask for anything in return, most are good; they do their job and go on about their lives as regular people. They never ask to be called heroes, they don’t accept gratuity they are usually not anyone’s favorite people. I am sure a thank you every now again would be appreciated!

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  • Alaskan AmberJanuary 19, 2013 - 11:39 pm

    You are giving this one guy far too much credit, and I know first hand, but thanks for the supposed lullaby.

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  • truth be toldJanuary 20, 2013 - 12:26 am

    Well Amber if you know first hand, and this is of such concern then why dont you go to the next board meeting and express your concerns? Or wait you probabley are banned from the main campus aint ya.........

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  • Alaskan AmberJanuary 20, 2013 - 1:01 am

    You are a bully just like Ramos, who you are trying to defend. Good luck with that if you want the WHOLE truth to NOT come out, and it will if this newspaper pays half the attention it should. Look at how many good men/women are gone, and why.

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  • truth be toldJanuary 20, 2013 - 3:10 am

    Bully? Anyone while in uniform that goes to the effort of posting themselves up by building 1100 in order to stare down and intimidate a CSO candidate on his way to an interview, while they are in uniform in a patrol car is a BULLY, 5150 and a dangerous loose cannon with a badge and gun. So now let’s talk about the newspaper doing its job and the truth getting out. I formally invite Danny Bernardini to contact me and Danny you can do so by going to your normal contact at the PD, so I can tell him how I was harassed and intimidated by a Police Officer while in uniform under the color of authority because they made statements to other PD employee's to contact them as soon as I showed up. So yea I am sure this will make for a great article and maybe the board will be interested in knowing the details which can be verified with credible witnesses.

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  • KC and the Sunshine BandJanuary 20, 2013 - 11:05 pm

    Good men/women gone?? to whom are you referring? if you mean all the former unethical employees that contributed to the erosion, and bad image of the department then you should do some introspection. Because of them residual problems still exist. Fortunately the admin hired true professionals that will ensure only qualified candidates of good standing and moral character get hired. Everyone should concentrate on work, forget the past and move forward, or leave. Those unwilling to move forward are just looking for an excuse to not work...nuff said.

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  • Dawsons Creek TVJanuary 20, 2013 - 12:27 am

    Unemployment and self-pity allow time for late night comments like this...dude! music please; theme from the Andy Griffith show. Gosh-darn-by golly ma, I'm still wearing floods, and my sun-cancer spot is....well...just god awfull looking.

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  • KC and the Sunshine BandJanuary 20, 2013 - 10:45 pm

    To much credit?? isn't he the only working Officer who has carried the place for years, and was the front man that prevented the disbanding of the department, while others were vacationing?

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  • A Concerned CitizenJanuary 20, 2013 - 9:15 am

    The ad hominem attacks issued forth here on all sides really are unfortunate and unproductive. Here's to hoping that the changes going on at the SCC Police Department actually serve to improve its ability to fulfill its mission to protect the Students, Faculty, and Staff of the College.

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  • Nils CarlsonJanuary 20, 2013 - 10:35 am


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