South San Francisco, CA February 24, 2016 Submitted by Leslie Arroyo, City of South San Francisco
Family, friends and colleagues gathered for a special badge and swearing in ceremony this morning in the City Council Chambers as South San Francisco Chief of Police Jeff Azzopardi promoted three officers and welcomed three new officers, one of which returned from retirement after serving South San Francisco for 28 years. City Clerk Krista Martinelli administered the oath to the new officers in front of a standing-room only crowd.
“This is an exciting time for South San Francisco and an exciting time to serve our City,” said Chief Azzopardi. “Our police force is growing and the graduates coming out of school are eager and committed to our city and team.”
Azzopardi also took time to recognize Officer Mark Saunders, who retired in 2012, but returned today. “We were thrilled to welcome Mark Saunders back into the department and thankful to our City Council and City Manager for allowing this to happen,” Azzopardi said of Saunders wanting to return to the force.
The following people were sworn into the South San Francisco Police Department:
* Officer Brian Grigg – attended Chico State University
* Officer Viviann Nguyen – attended University of California at Irvine
* Officer Mark Saunders – served 28 years in the department, retired in 2012; attended Sacramento State University
In addition, Azzopardi recognized the following people on their promotions:
* Corporal Mike Garcia to Sergeant
* Officer Matt O’Connor to Corporal
* Officer Amy Sariotti to Corporal
“These three people are very involved with the community and it’s clear how devoted they are to keeping our City safe… these promotions are well deserved,” continued Azzopardi.