Auburn Police lose three to retirement

Combined 66 years of experience
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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From left, Officer Allen Perez, Sgt. Chris Forman and Chief John Ruffcorn are retiring after a combined 66 years of law-enforcement service.

Three officers with a total of 66 years of law enforcement experience are retiring from the Auburn Police Department.

The retirees - Police Chief John Ruffcorn, Sgt. Chris Forman and Officer Allen Perez - were honored this past week with a barbecue by the Auburn Police Officers Association that included a cake decorated with Auburn Police patch replicas.

For Ruffcorn, 51, retirement came this past week. The next stage in his policing life will be working in law enforcement in Indonesia.

Ruffcorn joined the Auburn Police department as a captain in 2008, after working in Southern California. He has worked in policing for the past 32 years, starting out in the evidence room until he was old enough to go to the police academy. His career included keeping the peace during the Los Angeles riots as a 24-year-old and appearing on TV’s “Cops.”

“I truly believe I’m blessed,” Ruffcorn said in a recent interview. “I’ve been lucky but I have also worked really hard to get to where I am.”

Forman’s diligence in traffic enforcement was recognized in 2013 with the Mothers Against Drunk Driving California Hero Award. The award was for his contribution to MADD’s efforts to stop impaired driving, support victims and prevent underage drinking.

Forman was a leader in the department in arrests of people driving under the influence as well as prevention efforts and training. He also was one of Auburn Police’s drug recognition experts and an instructor in conducting field sobriety tests.

Perez is a more recent arrival to the Auburn department. He joined in 2015.