The City of Turlock welcomed the newly appointed Chief of Police, Robert A. Jackson, at Tuesday’s Council Meeting, while also hosting a reception before the meeting. “This is an exciting night for us,” stated City Mayor John Lazar, moments before having Chief Rob Jackson sworn in by Deputy City Clerk Stacey Tonarelli.
Cheerful friends and family members of Jackson, including his wife and two sons, as well as community members, fellow police officers, and local government officials flooded the Turlock City Council Chambers to show their support for Jackson. After taking the oath of office to well and faithfully discharge the duties as the new Chief of Police of the City of Turlock, Jackson received his badge, as pinned on by his wife, Melinda Jackson.
Jackson recited the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, a tradition in the Turlock Police Department with every new hire or promotion of current employees, as started by former Chief Gary Hampton, who was also present at the meeting. Jackson then went on to express gratitude to everyone in attendance for showing their support, and also thanked the Mayor and City Council for selecting him into the position as Chief of Police, stating “I’m very honored and privileged to be able to step in as the Police Chief and take over the leadership role in this organization.”
Jackson also stated that the City of Turlock Police Department is “one of the most professional departments around, and very ethical and committed to serving the public and I’m proud to be the leader for this organization.”
Chief Jackson also encouraged the community to feel free to contact him with any issues or concerns, as he believes that it is important to be connected with community members.
“Our office is always here to serve you,” stated Jackson. “Customer service is always number one, and public safety and taking care of all your needs.”
Chief Jackson also gave thanks to attending former Turlock Captain Mike Langston who is now the Signal Hill Chief of Police, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, Chief Marty West of Oakdale, and Chief Dave Young, who served as the Interim Chief of Police for the City of Turlock over the past seven months.
Jackson then proceeded to give his most important thank-you to his wife Melinda Jackson, saying “I’ll try not to get choked up here, but thank you for everything, your support, and I really am who I am because of you.”
Jackson received an enormous round of applause after his speech, and in honor of Valentine’s Day, was also given a Hershey’s Kiss by Mayor John Lazar.