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San Jose Assistant Chief of Police Rikki Goede Leaving to Become Piedmont Chief of Police

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San Jose Police Department Press Release 12/18/12

After 16 years as a member of the San Jose Police Department and another 10 years with the San Diego Police Department, Assistant Chief of Police Rikki Goede is leaving the San Jose Police Department to become the Chief of Police in Piedmont, California. Assistant Chief Goede has accepted a conditional job offer from the City of Piedmont and is expected to begin her new job in January.

Assistant Chief Goede has led an accomplished law enforcement career. Goede achieved the rank of sergeant in the San Diego Police Department before coming to the San Jose Police Department in 1996. Assistant Chief Goede’s career reflects a high level of commitment as well as dedicated service in numerous specialized assignments. Goede’s previous assignments include Patrol, Robbery / Day Detective, Field Training Officer, Community Services, and Internal Affairs. Goede was also selected to command the Gang Investigations Unit as well as the Homicide Unit. Most recently, Police Chief Chris Moore appointed her as the Assistant Chief in August, 2011.

Assistant Chief Goede, who is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will oversee a department of 20 sworn officers in Piedmont. “It’s with a heavy heart that I leave the San Jose Police Department,” said Goede. “I was lucky enough to work alongside some of the best cops in the country. I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead a professional department like Piedmont’s.”

When told of the news, City officials lauded Goede’s accomplishments. “As the Assistant Chief, Rikki was a superb ‘number two,’ who proved herself to be a leader. It is, therefore, not surprising that she is now moving up the chain of command to become the Chief of the Piedmont Police Department,” said San Jose’s Independent Police Auditor, Judge LaDoris Cordell. She understood the role of the IPA office and worked with us for the betterment of the Department. I will truly miss her.” City Manager Debra Figone was also complimentary of Goede’s service. “Rikki Goede has served the people of San Jose with the greatest professionalism and dedication,” said Figone. “Although we’ll miss her leadership and contributions to both our community and our Police Department, I wish her every success in her new role as Chief in Piedmont.”

“I’m truly grateful for all of Rikki’s hard work over the past year,” added Police Chief Chris Moore. “Piedmont is getting a true professional who understands the importance of working with the community and caring for her officers.”

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