Gottwald: A lifetime of service
A man who has dedicated his life to public service recently retired from the Beaverton Police Department. Officer Randy Gottwald retired after 53 years of service to the country and community.
Gottwald has a long history of service that started in 1963 when he enlisted for the United States Army and served the county until 1984. He retired from the Army after 21 years of service.
Gottwald was not ready to hang up his hat and he joined the Portland Police Bureau in 1985, serving 22 years before his second retirement in 2007.
Gottwald wanted to continue serving the community and applied with the Beaverton Police Department and was hired in 2007.
Gottwald was 62 when he started at Beaverton Police Department as a patrol officer taking calls with the younger officers.
Gottwald said he believes that paying honor to those who have served and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice is of the utmost importance to him, which is why he took this desire and belief and worked with the Beaverton Police Department to build up the Honor Guard program to the level it is today.
Beaverton Police Chief Jim Monger said, "Our Honor Guard is extremely active within our community as well as traveling to other states to honor those who have died in the service to the country. Monger added, "We would not be at the level we are today without Randy's drive to make our Honor Guard the best in the state."
Gottwald retired as a Beaverton Police officer at the age of 72. As for his future plans, Gottwald said he is going to take a month off and do a little traveling on his motorcycle with his wife, but he will not say that he won't find another job.
The members of the Beaverton Police Department said they thank Officer Gottwald for his 10 years of service to the Beaverton community and his commitment to serve and always bringing a smile to any situation.