Ronald Sanchez: A Legacy of Dedication to Pleasanton's Police Department

Ronald Sanchez, the retiring Chief of Police at the Pleasanton Police Department, sat down to reflect on his remarkable 26-year career with the force. From his roots in San Antonio to his rise through the ranks in Pleasanton, Chief Sanchez shared insights into his journey, accomplishments, and future plans.


Early Life and Career Beginnings

Chief Sanchez hails from the Southside of San Antonio and is the youngest of five siblings. He graduated from Harlandale High School in 1983, marking the beginning of a journey that would eventually lead him to a distinguished career in law enforcement. But before donning the uniform, he worked in construction, gaining valuable skills, experience, and a strong work ethic that would later serve him well in his role as a police officer.

"I've lived in Atascosa County for the last 32 years," Chief Sanchez proudly declared, underscoring his deep roots in our community.

From Corrections Officer to Chief of Police

Chief Sanchez's journey in law enforcement began as a corrections officer with the Atascosa County Sheriff's Department, where he served for two and a half years. His dedication and commitment to public service caught the attention of the Pleasanton Police Department, which hired him as a patrolman. His rapid ascent through the ranks saw him become a Patrol Sergeant and, eventually, a Lieutenant. In 2012, he was appointed as the Chief of Police, a role he has held for over a decade.

Reflecting on his career progression, Chief Sanchez said, "I've come a long way from my early days in construction. It's been an incredible journey, and I'm grateful for the opportunities I've had to serve the community."

A Glimpse Into Retirement Plans

As Chief Sanchez prepares to bid farewell to his role as Chief of Police, and he is looking forward to a well-deserved retirement. His plans for this new phase of life are simple but meaningful. "My plans for retirement include learning to relax and decompress," he shares. "I've lived in a constant state of stress for the last 10 years. I plan on doing a lot more fishing and hunting and doing some traveling."

Building Strong Community Relations

Throughout his tenure as Chief of Police, one of Chief Sanchez's proudest accomplishments has been the department's commitment to community engagement. "We have immersed ourselves in the community and improved our relations with our citizens with events such as National Night Out, Popsicles with the Police, and various other events that we host," he explained.

Under his leadership, the Pleasanton Police Department received recognition from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Best Practices Program twice, an impressive achievement for an agency of its size. Chief Sanchez attributed this success to the dedication and hard work of his exceptional team of officers, describing them as "some of the most highly trained, fantastic officers in Texas."

A Grateful Farewell

Chief Ronald Sanchez expressed his deep appreciation for the community of Pleasanton. "It truly has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of our great community," he stated. He expressed confidence in the department's future under the leadership of Chief Ernest Guerra, ensuring that Pleasanton's safety and security will remain in capable hands.

Chief Sanchez's legacy of dedication, community engagement, and excellence in law enforcement will undoubtedly be remembered and celebrated as he embarks on a well-deserved retirement. His contributions to Pleasanton's Police Department and the community at large serve as an inspiration for all who follow in his footsteps.