A standing-room-only crowd turned out to the Dec. 3 Goleta City Council meeting to honor Dave Valadez, outgoing community resource deputy (CRD). During his six years as Goleta’s CRD, Sr. Deputy Valadez had a major impact on the city and made a number of significant contributions.
As a token of gratitude for his outstanding service to Goleta, Mayor Paula Perotte presented Valadez with a city tile. City staff, Sheriff’s colleagues, community members and Sheriff’s Explorers (a group Valadez leads) filled the council chambers to show their support and appreciation.
Perotte said while Valadez accomplished so much during his time in Goleta, “I especially appreciated how you treated people without homes with dignity and respect.”
Vyto Adomaitis, city of Goleta director of Neighborhood Services and Public Safety, said Valadez has much to to be proud of for what he accomplished during his tenure in Goleta: “Thank you seems so little to say for all you have done for Goleta, but thank you for your service, for your friendship and for your leadership,” Adomaitis said.
“I was honored to have this assignment from day one,” Valadez said. “I was very proud to be one small part of your team. What I was able to accomplish I could not have done without my family and leadership from my chain of command. Thanks also to the volunteers and Sheriff’s Explorers who helped me serve the city.”
Valadez will be moving to a new assignment a background investigator with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
During his time with the city, Valadez was involved in numerous projects and assignments including:
City of Goleta Restorative Policing Program
UPRR Corridor Task Force City of Goleta representative
City of Goleta Business Watch Program
City of Goleta Neighborhood Watch Program
City of Goleta Active Shooter Response Training Program
Goleta Union School District School resource deputy
SBSO/City of Goleta Authority Letter Program
SBSO City of Goleta/South County Citizen’s Academy
SBSO/City of Goleta Explorers Program
SBSO/City of Goleta Sheriff’s Volunteer Team
City of Goleta City Council Security Detail
SBSO/City of Goleta Marketplace Substation Management
City of Goleta Safe Parking Program liaison
Executive Council member, Goleta Boys and Girls Club
City of Goleta Specialized Patrols and Investigations
South Coast Task Force for Youth Safety City of Goleta representative
SBSO/City of Goleta Restorative Court liaison
Valadez was also involved in community outreach events including the Lemon Festival, Goleta Old Town Parade, 4th of July, Calle Real Center Halloween Celebration, PEP Touch-A-Truck, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, and at local preschools and senior centers.
The Sheriff’s Office is in the process of selecting a new community resource deputy for the city of Goleta.
— Jaime Shaw for city of Goleta.