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Police dispatcher retires after 32 years

Police chief: Her contributions, presence will be missed

Pleasanton police dispatcher Denise Lakner has retired after 32 years of service with the Pleasanton Police Department.

Lakner started at the Pleasanton PD in December 1982 where she took many 911 calls and worked various shifts.

According to Pleasanton Police Chief Dave Spiller, her personnel folder is full of commendations and accolades from supervisors, peers and Pleasanton residents -- universally applauding her customer service, work performance, dedication and tenaciousness.

In addition, Lakner received a Customer Service Award for Excellence in 2002.

Lakner began her law enforcement career in 1977 as an Alameda County Reserve deputy sheriff.

In 1979, she was hired by the Sheriff's Department as an administrative clerk.

Lakner has an associate's degree in the administration of justice from Diablo Valley College.

"Denise's contributions and presence at our department will be missed," said Spiller. "We all wish her well after 32 years here and congratulate her on a well-deserved retirement."

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