Veteran Walla Walla Officer Retires After 40-Year Career

Officer Ron Gilbreath will retire from the Walla Walla Police Department on December 31, following a law enforcement career that has spanned nearly 40 years.

Gilbreath answered his law enforcement calling in 1974, as a Reserve Deputy for the Solano County Sheriff’s Office in California. He became a full-time deputy for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office the following year and has also worked as a police officer in Dayton, WA and Ponco City, OK.

Gilbreath has been a well-respected member of the Walla Walla Police Department, receiving numerous commendations and was recognized as the “Officer of the Quarter” by the local Exchange Club in 2001for his service to the community. He also received an award from the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety/DUI Task Force for his efforts as a Child Restraint Technician and his involvement in the County-wide “Every 15 Minutes” program at area high schools.

During his career at WWPD, Gilbreath has served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Detective, and Collision Investigator. He was one of the first officers to serve on the Emergency Services Unit SWAT Team.

Prior to his law enforcement career, Gilbreath served in the US Air Force as an Aircraft Loadmaster during and after the Vietnam War. While serving his country, Gilbreath survived three crashes in military aircraft.