Gonzales retires as SRO
Friday marked the third retirement for Dublin Police officer Bob Gonzales and although he hadn’t planned to return to law enforcement when he joined Dublin PD four years ago, he feels fortunate that he did.
“It’s been an interesting journey,” he said.
Gonzales’ thirty year-career started at Erath County Sheriff’s Office before he retired and went to work at Dublin PD under David Johnson. He eventually returned to ECSO to work under Tommy Bryant and retired as a detective. He returned from retirement once again to join Dublin PD under chief Shawn Fullagar.
“My greatest joy was being a school resource officer,” Gonzales said of his time as SRO for Dublin Elementary and Intermediate. “I enjoyed getting to know the children, parents and most of all, the staff. I really learned to appreciate the teachers. I didn’t realize how much heart, compassion and soul they put into teaching their students so they can learn and continue in life.”
He also said he will miss the children he saw in regular duties as an SRO.
“What I really learned [from my service] was the compassion Dublin shares for each other,” Gonzales said. “They are always looking after your neighbor and supporting the school district. That just blew me away.”
Gonzales said the most important quality for any officer is integrity and advised anyone looking for a career in law enforcement: “Always do what’s right. Always treat people like you want to be treated. When you love people, they love you back.”
Gonzales plans to devote his new-found time to a couple of different endeavors including travel and working on his farm.