Contra Costa County Sheriff David O. Livingston announced that retired Sheriff Warren E. Rupf died today, Thursday, August 9, 2012.
Sheriff Rupf joined the Office of the Sheriff in November 1965. He served under three sheriffs and worked in virtually every classification during his 45 year career. In 1979, he was appointed Assistant Sheriff and served in that capacity until he was appointed sheriff by the
Board of Supervisors in December 1992. Sheriff Rupf was elected to his first four-year term beginning in January 1995, and served as Sheriff for 18 years until his retirement in January 2011.
Sheriff Rupf oversaw an agency in the early nineties of 523 employees to over 1,000 employees at the time of his retirement. He was the first Sheriff to have the responsibility for the combined functions of Coroner, Marshal and the Office of Emergency Services.
Sheriff Rupf was also very active in the community, especially youth and service organizations. In 1998, through the Sheriff’s Posse of Contra Costa, Sheriff Rupf established Sheriff’s Charities, Inc.
"Today we lost a great man, a great leader and a true statesman," said current Sheriff David O. Livingston. "His first priority was always the public safety of the Contra Costa County community and supporting the people he worked with. My heart goes out to his wife Carole
and all of his children and grandchildren during this difficult time."
Plans for services are being made at this time.