Former Cloverdale Police Chief Stephen Wayne Cramer passed away on Sunday, Feb. 3 while being cared for at a Santa Rosa hospital.
Cramer had been battling cancer on and off since February 2011.
"He fought hard and valiantly for it was his intent and purpose in life to beat the cancer, regain his health and return to duty," said Interim Police Chief Robert Stewart. "Unfortunately, Chief Cramer’s deteriorating health necessitated his retirement from the City of Cloverdale on Dec. 1, 2018."
A veteran of law enforcement, Cramer began his career with the City of Sonoma, serving from October 1997 through April 2003. He was hired in the capacity of police officer and then rose to the rank of sergeant. In June 2005, Stephen was hired as a police officer for the City of Cloverdale and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in January 2010. He held that position until September 2015 when he was appointed chief of police.
"Taking great pride in serving the Cloverdale community, Chief Cramer absolutely loved his job," Stewart said. "He led the Cloverdale Police Department with honor and distinction and was a valued member of the City’s Executive Team."
“I knew Chief Cramer for over 10 years and during that time we worked together on key city initiatives including the passage of Measure O that benefitted the financial well-being of the City. Chief Cramer’s energy and enthusiasm for all things Cloverdale along with his infectious smile will be missed,” Mayor Melanie Bagby said.
Services for Chief Cramer are pending and will be announced at a later date. He is survived by his wife Tami and seven children. Please keep Chief Cramer’s family in your thoughts.
A service for Chief Cramer will be on Feb. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Luther Burbank Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road.
A celebration of life at Saint Francis Church, 469 Third Street, Sonoma, will be held following the service. All emergency services personnel and members of the public are invited to attend.
— Robert Stewart, Interim Chief of Police