Former sheriff Warren Rupf dies


Retired Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren E. Rupf died Thursday after a bout with leukemia, according to the sheriff's office.

Rupf retired in January 2011 after 45 years of service at the sheriff's office, 18 of those years as sheriff, sheriff's office spokesman

Jimmy Lee.

He assumed a range of titles at the sheriff's office and was elected to his first four-year term as sheriff in 1992.

He began his tenure as sheriff in the early 90s with just 523 employees and left a department of 1,000 employees in 2011, Lee said.

Rupf was known for being active in the community, with a focus on youth and service organizations. In 1998, he established Martinez-based community service organization Sheriff's Charities Inc.

In an email Rupf sent last month to friends and former colleagues after receiving his diagnosis, the sheriff wrote, "Some will say that I should have retired earlier and enjoyed the good life. I say: Poppycock, my life could not have been any better."

Sheriff David Livingston expressed his condolences in a prepared statement.

"Today we lost a great man, a great leader and a true statesman," Livingston said. "His first priority was always the public safety of the

Contra Costa County community and supporting the people he worked with. My heart goes out to his wife Carole and all of his children and grandchildren during this difficult time."

Plans for Rupf's memorial service are underway.

The town of Danville contracts with the sheriff's office for its police services.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Aug 13, 2012 at 6:20 am

Warren was a good man. He loved life and he loved to laugh a good epithet for anyone.

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Posted by Linda
a resident of Danville
on Aug 13, 2012 at 9:34 am

A great man indeed. I'll always remember him for the time he spent with our Valley's children. With everything he had on his very full plate, he had time to speak to our children and teach them about aspects of Americanism. He worked with the Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley and took time for the kids. All of the great work he has done for and shared with our citizens of all ages will live on through those he touched.

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Posted by John
a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2012 at 8:36 am

Sheriff Rupf was a genuine person who put his heart into his job. The one thing that stands out in remembrance of him was the compassion he had for the communities. He was a man who stood strong for his convictions and was the first to admit his mistakes. I will always remember Sheriff Rupf. God Bless You Warren and Rest in Peace.

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