Chuck was born in the Central Valley town of Oildale near Bakersfield in 1945. He attended local schools and Bakersfield College until entering the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1965.
In 1968, Chuck joined the California Highway Patrol and his initial assignment was in Los Angeles. Chuck promoted through the ranks and served in the Los Angeles area as an officer and sergeant before serving as a lieutenant in internal affairs. This is the office that oversees the disciplinary process and investigates serious officer misconduct. He was in-charge of citizens’ complaints, financial audits, and internal investigations within the Department.
He conducted high profile and/or sensitive investigations. Chuck worked with the Attorney General’s office on a variety of legal issues involving the CHP. Also, he was responsible for training all departmental supervisors and managers on how to conduct investigations. Routinely, he advised commanders statewide on legal issues and investigative procedures. As a result of his expertise, he periodically trained other state agencies on disciplinary procedures and internal investigations.
Throughout his career, he has been deployed around the state to assist other law enforcement agencies. In 1981, Chuck was assigned to Diablo Canyon near San Luis Obispo for the protests against the PG&E nuclear facility. In 1984, he was in-charge of CHP air operations at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. In 1992, he was a company commander sent to restore order during the Los Angeles riots. These experiences give him a unique perspective on how to protect our communities.
From 1987 to 1991, Chuck was the commander of the Department’s Office of Employee Relations. He administered 12 of the state’s 21 bargaining unit contracts and advised the Commissioner and all managers on labor relations’ issues. He represented the Department in contract negotiations and worked effectively with groups that had strong opposing views. Under his direction, the first Substance Abuse Testing manual in the CHP was created which was a model for other state agencies to follow.
Chuck worked with representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Los Angeles Police Department to organize labor relations’ commanders from 66 of the major law enforcement agencies in North America. In 1990, he was elected President of the North American Police Labor Relations Association.
From 1991 to 2005, Chuck was the Commander of the Modesto CHP office in Stanislaus County. He expected excellence from his staff and their service to the public. The office’s motto was “Committed to Service through Excellence.” In Stanislaus County, Chuck initiated several programs that were used as models in the Department. One was the Community Alliance Team (CAT). This was a partnership between the CHP and residents in the five largest unincorporated communities in the county, Denair, Salida, Empire, Keyes and south Modesto. CAT Officers were individually responsible to solve problems in those communities and work closely with their residents and leaders.
Another program that enjoyed great success was the Area’s Explorer Post. These young men and women participated in numerous events for personal development and service to the community. Since its inception, many of those Explorers have gone on to be CHP officers throughout the state.
Chuck was on the Board of Directors of the Stanislaus County Police Activities League (PAL). The PAL meets the learning and recreational needs of youth in 11 communities and gives them a place to go after school. Later, he served as President of the Ripon Police Activities League. Chuck recognizes his participation as an opportunity to get involved and give back to the community.
In 1998, the Ripon mayor and city council appointed him to the City’s Planning Commission. In 2002, Chuck was elected to the Ripon City Council. During his three terms, he has served four years as a councilmember, five years as mayor and three years as vice-mayor. Before his election to the Board of Supervisors, he was the Mayor of Ripon which concluded his third term in that position.
In addition to his position on the city council, Chuck has served as Ripon’s representative on the San Joaquin County Council of Governments since 2005. He has served as the Chair and Vice-Chair on the COG board. Also, he represented San Joaquin County on the San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council that includes the eight counties in the Central Valley from Kern to San Joaquin County. In 2014, he returned to the San Joaquin Partnership as a board member to represent Ripon. In addition to his public service, Chuck has been teaching criminal justice classes in private colleges since his retirement from the CHP in 2005.
Since Chuck’s election to the Board of Supervisors, he has been assigned to the Agricultural Advisory Board, Delta Protection Commission, Advisory Water Commission, Board Water Committee, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Board, Local Agency Formation Commission, Integrated Waste Management Plan Task Force, American River Authority, Eastern San Joaquin County Groundwater Basin Authority, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, Aviation Advisory Committee, Bay Area Regional Airport Planning Committee, National Association of Counties. Community Economic Development Action Committee, Joint City/County Criminal Justice Task Force, and the SJC Head Start Grantee Policy Council.
In 1970, Chuck married Karon. After living in the Los Angeles and Sacramento areas, they moved to Ripon in 1993, because of the quality of life in the Central Valley and the values it exemplifies. They have three children who are all married with their own families and enjoy their 12 grandchildren.