Sheriff Bill Wittman will be holding a special gathering that will honor over 142 years of combined experience.
Undersheriff Dahl Cleek, Captain Jim Hinesly of the Patrol Division, Lieutenant Gary Chambers of the Cutler-Orosi Substation and Lieutenant Ramon Alanis of the Gang Violence Suppression Unit have all announced their official retirement on December 28, 2012.
The Board of Supervisors will also be acknowledging the Sheriff's Retirees at their regular Board meeting on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.
"I want to thank Undersheriff Dahl Cleek, Captain Jim Hinesly, Lieutenant Ramon Alanis, and Lieutenant Gary Chambers for their years of dedicated service. They have each been responsible for significant contributions throughout their careers. I will miss their loyalty and dedication to public service. I wish them each much success as they begin this new phase in their lives." - Sheriff Bill Wittman
Undersheriff Dahl A. Cleek, age 58 of Visalia, began working for the government when he enlisted in the United States Army in 1972. Upon completion of his active duty term in 1973, he became an Army Reserve Officer. In 1975 he was honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserve as a Specialist Four.
In 1974, Dahl Cleek began working as a Deputy Constable for Tulare Justice Court and a Corcoran Police Department Reserve Officer. In December of 1975 Dahl was hired as a Deputy Sheriff for the Jail services and in 1976, he was sponsored through the 30th Tulare-Kings County Police Academy. Upon graduation he was assigned to the Headquarters Patrol Division. In 1977 he was awarded Officer of the Year for both the Tulare County Sheriffs Department and Optimist Club. Through 1985, he worked a variety of assignments including detentions, investigations, dive team, Search and Rescue and was a canine handler for four years.
Dahl Cleek was promoted to Sergeant in July of 1986. As a Sergeant he supervised Detentions and Investigations units including Violent Crimes, Internal Affairs, Property and Juvenile Crimes.
In May of 1995, Dahl Cleek was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. During the next five years he commanded the Headquarters and Porterville Patrol Stations, S.T.E.P. and Crimes Against Persons Investigations Units.
In April of 2002 Dahl Cleek was promoted to the rank of Captain. At this level he spent time managing the Detentions, Investigations and his latest assignment commanding the Patrol Division. He was recently awarded Man of the Year by the Latino Peace Officers Association and had the opportunity to attend and graduate the Federal Bureau of Investigations Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Dahl A. Cleek was promoted to the rank of Undersheriff on Thursday, April 9th, 2009. Throughout his career, Undersheriff Dahl Cleek has received a variety of commendation letters from State, City and local governmant offices as well as community leaders and citizens. He has shown a strong work ethic and dedication to the community not only on the job, but off duty as well. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pro-Youth Heart Program and Chairperson for Friends of Tulare County. He has also been active in youth programs such as Explorers, Boy Scouts and church youth activities.
Undersheriff Dahl Cleek was 58 year resident of Tulare and recently moved to the Visalia area. He is supported in his retirement by his wife LaRayne, sons Jeremy and J.D. and daughter Deanna and two grandchildren.
"It has been a marvelous career working at the Tulare County Sheriff's Office. I have made so many friends and had so many opportunities to serve the communities of Tulare County. I can only hope that I made a difference for the good. It seems as though I started with the sheriff's office yesterday... 38 years went by so very fast. I wish Sheriff Bill Wittman and his entire staff of great men and women the very best in their delivery of professional law enforcement services to all the community members they come in contact with." - Undersheriff Dahl A. Cleek
Captain Jim Hinesly, age 58 of Dinuba, began his career with the Sheriff's Office in March of 1975. Within the 38 years he has devoted to Tulare County he has had the opportunity to work in every division in department. Jim Hinesly started his career in the department as a cadet and promoted to the rank of Deputy I within eight months. He worked through the patrol and detectives divisions until his promotion to Sergeant in July of 1986. As a Sergeant he supervised staff in detentions, investigation and held a position within the Internal Affairs division. In March of 1995, Jim Hinesly was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He held positions as the sation commander in detentions, investigations, court services, staff services. In June of 2007 he was promoted to the rank of Captain. He has managed the Detentions, Investigations Divisions and is retiring as the Division Captain for Patrol.
Jim Hinesly has held the position of President in both the Tulare County Deputy Sheriff's Association and the Professional Law Enforcement Managers Association. He has been involved with a number of community events such as the Dinuba Cancer Relay For Life and the Max Chaboian Road Race. He has served on the board for the Dinuba City Chamber of Commerce and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tulare County. He is also the team captain for the Sheriff's Office Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay Team. Jim Hinesly has also
had the opportunity to complete a number of training and educational seminars to benefit his law enforcement career including the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy.
"I have held this job for Tulare County for 38 years. It's a job that I have loved." - Captain Jim Hinesly
Lieutenant Gary Chambers, age 57 of Dinuba, began his career with Tulare County in the District Attorney's Office as a Special Witness Interviewer. He also began working as a Reserve Deputy for the Sheriff's Department in January of 1978. In April of 1985 Gary was hired as a full time Deputy assigned to the Tulare County Correctional Center and Main Jail. In November of 1987 he transferred to the Orosi Substation where he worked in the Patrol Division. He was assigned to the Crime Prevention Unit in August of 1990. Gary Chambers transferred into detectives in April of 1994. He worked in the Juvenile and North End Property Crimes Units before promoting to sergeant. Gary was promoted to the rank of sergeant in November of 2000. He returned to the Detentions Division and worked at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility for one year. In November of 2001 Gary was transferred to Personnel and Training. In March of 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant where he is retiring from his post as Station Commander of the Cutler-Orosi Patrol Substation.
Throughout Gary's career with the Sheriff's Office he has taken the initiative to learn a variety of trades. He was a Field Training Officer for patrol and also supervised the program, took on additional duties in Search and Rescue, and was a member of and supervisor for the Sheriff's Honor Guard. Gary was trained and certified by the FBI for Computer Forensics and is also a certified Polygraph Examiner. Gary has spent twenty years working with the Tulare-Kings County Police Academy as a Senior Instructor and Evaluator. He was the department's STC and POST Training Coordinator as well as the Reserve Deputy Program Coordinator. Gary Chambers is currently working on his masters degree while being a member of the American Polygraph Association and was a past President of the Dinuba City Lions Club. Gary asl spent time as the President of Concerns of Police Survivors C.O.P.S. Program
Lieutenant Gary Chambers is entering his new retirement with the support of his wife, Elaine, daughters Carri and LeAnn, his father Junior Chambers and mother Marian.
"I would like to thank each and everyone at the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, and community of Tulare County for the opportunity of serving you for the past 32 years. It is not an easy decision to make retiring and leaving people I consider part of my family. Thank You." - Lt. Gary Chambers
Lieutenant Ramon Alanis, age 53 of Visalia, began his career with the Sheriff's Office as a Cadet in January of 1980. As a Cadet he held positions in the Sheriff's Communications and Correctional Center before being sent through the Police Academy. Upon graduation in April 1981, Ramon was assigned to work Patrol at the Orosi Substation. He was later assign to take part in the Sheriff's Department Drug Buy Program working undercover at Porterville and Monache High Schools. After the completion of the Buy Program, he worked at the Tulare County Main Jail. In 1984, he was assigned to the Patrol Division and worked at the Orosi Substation and HQ Patrol. In 1994, he was promoted to the Detectives and assigned to the Narcotic Task Force.
Ramon Alanis was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in July of 1996 and supervised teams at the Correctional Center, Orosi Patrol and various Tulare County Sheriff Narcotics Units.
In April of 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Some of his assignments include station commander of the Main Jail, Bob Wiley Detention Facility, Pre-Trial Facility, Night Watch Commander and his current assignment before retirement in the Gang Violence Suppression Unit.
Lieutenant Ramon Alanis has received training in SWAT-Team Leader/Commander, Narcotics, Canine Unit Commander, Crisis Intervention, Asset Forfeiture, Secret Witness Program, and Gangs.
Ramon Alanis has held the position of Vice-President in the Tulare County Deputy Sheriff's Association and past President of Tulare County Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Lieutenant Alanis has been a member of the Visalia Multi-Agency Gang Intervention Task Force and the Tulare County Gang Prevention Task Force.
Lieutenant Ramon Alanis is a Visalia resident, supported in his retirement by his wife Elisa, son Ray, daughters Melinda, Cynthia, Michelle, and Melissa.
"I would like to thank Sheriff Bill Wittman and the entire Sheriff Department family for providing me with a lifetime of memories and shared experiences. I have enjoyed working with many outstanding people all working together to serve Tulare County and its residents. I wish everyone at the Sheriff's Department the best." - Lieutenant Ramon Alanis