Assemblymember Quirk Honors Chief Sheryl Boykins at Women of the Year Ceremony in Sacramento
SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature celebrated Women’s History Month by honoring women who have contributed to their community. Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) chose to honor Chief Sheryl Boykins at this year’s Woman of the Year Ceremony.
“This annual celebration is an opportunity for us to collectively celebrate the strides women have made in our communities and how they have changed history. Moreover, I hope that this ceremony serves to inspire young women,” said Assemblymember Quirk.
Chief Boykins spent 28 years working for the Hayward Police Department. She joined the California State University, East Bay Police Department as Chief in 2013. She has spent her career building relationships with different types of people because, she advises her colleagues “we have to remember that we stay here because of the trust and respect we get from our community.” Chief Boykin believes in the power of education – she obtained her master’s degree, recognizing it was needed in order to be considered for the position.
“I am humbled and honored to be the recipient of this award, and because I am so deeply aware of its significance, I promise to go out and inspire girls, young ladies and mature women. I will let them know that their dreams and success are possible and within their reach. They need only to believe and to be believed,” said Chief Boykins.
“Chief Boykins is an exemplary public servant. She serves as a role model to other women and girls who rarely see a female in such a high profile position. Her job requires her to think on her feet, think proactively and deal with all sorts of high stressed situations – all of which she does with her motto in mind: ‘I want people to see the department as one of us not one of them’,” said Assemblymember Quirk about his honoree.