Pleasanton police department promotes 2 officers

New sergeants succeed veteran officers who are retiring

Two Pleasanton police veterans were promoted to the ranks of sergeants at a badge pinning and oath of office ceremony in the City Council chambers Wednesday.

Newly-promoted sergeants Larry Cox and Eric Gora will succeed two officers who are retiring.

Cox is succeeding Sgt. Robert "Bob" Leong, who recently retired. Gora was promoted in advance of the planned retirement of Sgt. Mike Tryphonas.

Cox was hired as an officer with the Pleasanton Police Department in 2001, where he has served as a patrol officer, field training officer, police detective, personnel and training officer, and a department instructor on Force Operations and Range Master. He earlier worked with the Antioch police department.

He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice management from the Union Institute and University.

Gora was hired with the Pleasanton police department in 2010 where he has held various assignments, including patrol, investigations, and department instructor for first aid/CPR.

Prior to Pleasanton, Gora worked for the Citrus Heights Police Department for four years.

He started his police career in 2004 with the Stockton Police Department, where he held a police officer position for two years. Gora has a bachelor's degree in education from Cal State East Bay.


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Posted by David Lee
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 8, 2014 at 8:48 am

Congrats to both Sgt Cox and Sgt Gora.

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Posted by StopAndThink
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Aug 8, 2014 at 9:25 am

The Pleasanton police do a great job proactively addressing issues, even with sometimes limited resources.

Eric Gora was an effective, accessible juvenile detective. I've seen him in action at a diversion hearing. His skills will be put to good use as a sergeant!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 8, 2014 at 9:28 am

Congratulations Sgt. Gora and Sgt. Cox. VIVA!

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Posted by Tonya Clenney
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 8, 2014 at 10:34 am

Congratulations to Sergeant Cox and Sergeant Gora!

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