OCEANSIDE–Several members of the Oceanside Police Department were recognized for their accomplishments during a ceremony held on October 16.
During the Employee of Quarter awards, new members were introduced to the department, three were promoted and two recent retirees were honored for their years of service.
Officer Jim Leitholf, who retired on October 12, was honored for his more than 24 years as a sworn police officer. Officer Chris Schuchardt retired on October 10 and was honored for his 10 years of service.
Veteran Police Officer Keli Garcia was promoted to sergeant and veteran Dispatchers Kim Watson and Ciara Phifer were promoted to communications supervisor. Kim Ridenour was welcomed to the department as the newest Call Taker, and police recruits Timothy Ricci, Thomas Cahill, Rick Gonzalez and Nate Goldtooth were sworn in as Oceanside’s newest police officers.
Officer Bob Moore of the Neighborhood Policing Team was selected as the Field Operations Division Employee of the Quarter for his diligence in solving a burglary series and helping to put a sex offender in jail. Detective Mark LaVake of the Crimes of Violence Unit was selected as the Investigations Division Employee of the Quarter for his tireless efforts as the lead investigator for a recent homicide.
Senior Office Specialist Kelly Kaumeyer was selected as the Administration Division Employee of the Quarter for her ongoing excellent level of service to the department. Officer Chris Schuchardt received the Community Partnership Award for his work with local teens at Project REACH who were affected by a recent homicide.
Senior Volunteer Patrol member Rick Nardelli was selected as the Senior Volunteer of the Quarter for his leadership and countless volunteer hours, and volunteer Tom Heritage was selected as the Volunteer of the Quarter for helping to educate elderly residents to prevent them from becoming victims of identity theft and fraud.