Press ReleasePress ReleaseCity of Livermore
1052 South Livermore Avenue
Livermore, CA  94550
Phone: (925) 960-4000


Subject :Interim Police Chief Appointed
Contact :Troy Brown    925-960-4040

Livermore, Ca – Livermore City Manager announced the appointment of Randy Sonnenberg who will serve as Interim Police Chief until a replacement is found for Chief Steve Sweeney who retired last week.

Mr. Sonnenberg served 30 years in the Foster City Police Department, and during his tenure there he served as police officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and retired as Chief of that department 2004. He is an experienced law enforcement professional and has served on numerous boards and committees including: Chairman of the Northern California Police Planners Officers Association, San Mateo County Criminal Justice Council, and was Vice-Chair of the San Mateo County Police Chiefs Homeland Security Committee.

Livermore City Manager Marc Roberts is pleased to have the opportunity to work with someone of Chief Sonnenberg’s caliber during this temporary period. "Chief Sonnenberg will do an excellent job during his time as the interim Chief. We will draw on his expertise and leadership over the next few months. Chief Sonnenberg makes a fine addition to an already outstanding Police Department."

During his retirement, Sonnenberg has remained active in law enforcement professional associations and keeps abreast of issues and trends facing communities. Chief Sonnenberg is currently a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the California Police Chiefs Association. He is also a mentor and coach and is a sought after speaker with Police Departments in the State of California.

Sonnenberg has temporarily relocated to Livermore so he can give his complete access to the community and the Police Department during his interim tenure. He has been married for 32 years, has two sons and six grandchildren.

Sonnenberg earned Bachelor of Political Science from California State University, Stanislaus, a Master of Public Administration from the University of California and holds a Certificate from the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training for his graduation from" Command College".