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Chief Bill Goswick

HPD Police Chief

Chief William Goswick was raised in Piermont, New York. He graduated from Tappan Zee High School and in 1975; he joined the United States Navy. Chief Goswick was stationed aboard the U.S.S Haleakala AE 25 which was home ported in Concord Ca. In 1978, while still in the Navy, he began his law enforcement career with the Hercules Police Department as a Hercules Reserve Police Officer.

Chief Goswick was hired as a full time police officer on August 1, 1980. During his 32 years with Hercules he worked various assignments to include, patrol, investigations, Field training officer, Reserve Coordinator, Lead Explorer Advisor, C.E.R.T. and Emergency Operation Coordinator. In 1985 he was promoted to Sergeant and worked a variety of duties to include Patrol Watch Commander, Detective Sergeant, and S.R.T. Team Leader and supervised the Reserve and Explorer Program, Neighborhood Watch and Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Operations.

In 2005 Chief Goswick received his BA Degree in Management and graduated from the Supervisory Leadership Institute. He has successfully completed many training classes during his law enforcement career. In 2008 was promoted to the rank of Commander where he managed the Field Operations Division which consisted of Patrol, NHW, Traffic Unit, School Resource Officers, Neighborhood Watch, S.R.T. and liaison to regional narcotic and gang taskforces. Prior to being promoted to Chief of Police William managed the Administration Support, Records and the Investigations Division.

William Goswick was appointed to the position of Chief of Police for the City of Hercules on December 21, 2011 and is currently a member of International Association of Chiefs of Police, the California Police Chiefs Association and the Contra Costa County Police Chief Association.


When he is not at work, Chief Goswick enjoys spending time with his family and also enjoys swimming, fishing, scuba diving and bicycle riding. 

Last updated: 7/31/2014 10:57:53 AM