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Ramar Officially Named City’s New Police Chief
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Oakdale resident and acting Oakdale Police Chief Jerry Ramar has officially been named as the city’s new chief, taking over the role after the retirement of Scott Heller. Photo Contributed

After completing a comprehensive recruitment process, the City of Oakdale on Monday, Oct. 18 officially announced the appointment of its new Police Chief, Jerry Ramar.

Chief Ramar, a local Oakdale resident, brings nearly 20 years of demonstrated law enforcement and leadership experience to Oakdale. Ramar joined the Oakdale Police Department in October 2019 when he was selected to fill the lieutenant position. He has been serving as the Acting Police Chief since July 2021, when outgoing Chief of Police Scott Heller announced his retirement.

Ramar began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the San Jose Police Department and then held various positions with the Modesto Police Department including police officer, street crimes investigator, detective, and sergeant. Additionally, Ramar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Police Supervision from the Union Institute & University.

In the Police Chief capacity, Ramar will serve as one of three City Department Heads, managing a team of approximately 53 full-time and part-time law enforcement professionals.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of his caliber fill this critical position,” said City Manager Bryan Whitemyer. “Jerry Ramar is extremely prepared to serve in this role as he has worked diligently to earn the trust of his department and community.”

Members of the public are invited to attend the City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., where an official badge ceremony will be conducted.