The Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department is mourning one of their own. Retired Sheriff Warren Rupf, 69, lost his battle against leukemia last week. Rupf had kept his illness from friends until late July.
According to a recent report, Rupf served five years in the United States Marine Corps before joining the department in 1965. He was appointed to serve as assistant sheriff in 1979. In 19992, the county board of supervisors promoted him to lead the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department.
Rupf served a total of four terms before he retired in January 2011. He announced his pending retirement in 2009, and reflected on his tenure and the positive momentum of the Department. He said he was proud of the things they were able to accomplish, despite budget cuts. Colleagues described him as being fair and deserving of respect.
Rupf was succeeded by Sheriff David Livingston, who was sworn in on Jan 3, 2011. Livingston began his career at the Fremont Police Department. Later, he served as a Captain for the Pleasant Hill Police Department and before assuming command of the Concord Police Department. Livingston holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a law degree from the University of San Francisco
Memorial services are scheduled to take place on August 16 at the Christ the King Catholic Church.