Sheriff’s Office Association 2020/2021 Retirement Dinner


With disappointment, the SOA Board has made the decision to postpone this years dinner honoring our 2020 retirees that was scheduled for May 9th.  Our concern is for everyone’s health and safety during this pandemic of the Covid-19 virus.   Please stay tuned for an update on the rescheduled date.  Wishing all of our membership and families good health during this troubling time!

The Mission Of The C.A.R.D. Program Is To Provide NonProfit Assistance With Minor 
Home Repairs For Retired Deputies.  

Bombas Sock Donation

SOA Board Members, Hector Acosta, Gary Hoss and Veronica Ruiz recently were cleaning out their sock drawers when they discovered they had 5000 pairs of brand new Bombas socks! (Fake Post)

The SOA is proud to be partnered with Bombas, whose social mission is to donate essential clothing to Giving Partners – from homeless shelters to community organizations. Bombas has donated over 25 million pairs of socks.

During this Season of Giving and the Spirit of Goodwill for those less fortunate, on December 10th the SOA donated 5000 pairs of Bombas socks to the Samaritan House in San Mateo.

2020 Board Members

The votes have been counted, and your SOA Board for 2020 is:

President – Lisandro Lopez

1st Vice President – Jorge Ramirez

2nd Vice President – Jenny Christensen

Secretary – Jennifer “Jen-Jen” Valdez

Treasurer – Veronica Ruiz

Parliamentarian – Victoria Devan

Sergeant-at-Arms – Michael Baron


Hector Acosta, Bob Cassetta, Gary Hoss & Carol Hurst

L-R: Lisandro Lopez, Hector Acosta, Victoria Devan, Veronica Ruiz, Jenny Christensen, Jorge Ramirez, Bob Cassetta & Jennifer Valdez


The first annual ball of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Association was held on August 25, 1951 at the Bay Meadows Clubhouse in San Mateo.

Deputy Sheriff Gene Stewart traveled to Hollywood with a special invitation for Hollywood starlet, Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds was starring in M-G-M’s production of, “Singing in the Rain.” Film obligations prevented her from accepting Deputy Stewart’s invitation to make a personal appearance at the ball – but the petite actress, who would later star in blockbusters; “How the West was Won” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,”did take time off from her studio duties to express her sincere wishes for the success of the first annual ball.

Reynolds was gracious enough to pose with Deputy Stewart and a poster which advertised the Sheriff’s dance. all the proceeds were donated to the widows and orphans fund.

Meanwhile, Louis B. Mayer, the famous and powerful executive of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, received other emissaries of the Sheriff’s Office and he dug into his pocket and bought a number of tickets to the ball.

This was the first annual ball staged by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Association, which was recently organized. The affair is the means by which the sheriff’s deputies widows’ and orphans’ fund will be funded.

Ray Hackett’s famous CBS orchestra furnished the music in the beautiful Bay Meadows Clubhouse.

Sheriff Earl B. Whitmore urged the public to attend the affair.

(Source: Enterprise Journal – August 23, 1951)

Deputy Gene Steward & Debbie Reynolds