• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

City presents police chief with distinguished service award

Updated: Oct 26

Pleasanton Police Chief Tristan Snyder receives a distinguished service award from City Administrator Teresa Whitaker during the city council meeting on Monday, Oct. 17 (Photos by Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

PLEASANTON – Pleasanton Police Chief Tristan Snyder had a choice to make. He was in pursuit of suspect who was driving rapidly through the streets of Pleasanton not long ago when school was letting out.

The chase, which would eventually end in Miami County, went by a school bus full of children, some of whom were outside near the bus. The suspect never slowed down, but instead of being caught up in the adrenaline of the chase, Snyder slowed down to make sure the children were safe until he drove out of the vicinity of the bus.

In presenting Snyder a distinguished service award at the beginning of the Pleasanton City Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 17, Mayor Mike Frisbie lauded his self-control in first making sure the children were safe during his pursuit.

Reading from a prepared statement, Frisbie said that the distinguished service award should be given to someone who has shown his or her commitment to the safety of the city’s residents during a single incident, or overall service during an extended period.’’

As it turned out, Snyder checked both of those boxes.

“During his entire tenure, he has demonstrated his knowledge of the law, his ability to repeatedly de-escalate a situation, his willingness to work even on his days off,” Frisbie said, adding that Snyder also had a unique skill in eliciting confessions during interrogations.

He also noted that Snyder had been effective in keeping dangerous drugs off Pleasanton’s streets, particularly over the last several months.

New police officer Ivan Squire is sworn in by Pleasanton City Clerk Becky Hegwald during Monday's city council meeting.

In addition to presenting Snyder with a service award, the council also gave him a reward by voting unanimously to hire Ivan Squire as a police officer at $18 an hour plus benefits. The council also hired Charles Stokes as the codes officer and animal control officer at $17.50 per hour.

With Officer Mason Roberts still in training at the state police academy, Snyder has been a one-man department over the past couple of months. He has also taken on animal control duties over the summer after the former animal control officer resigned.

Roberts returns to Pleasanton from the academy in early December.

However, until Squire completes academy training, likely starting training in January or later, he will not be able to patrol on his own.

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