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Congressman Jerry McNerney

Representing the 9th District of California

Rep. McNerney Introduces Bill to Name Post Office in Honor of Stockton Public Servant W. Ron Coale

Mar 2, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jerry McNerney  (CA-09) has introduced a bill (H.R. 1132) to designate the U.S. Postal facility at 1048 W. Robinhood Drive in Stockton, California as the “W. Ronald Coale Memorial Post Office” in recognition of Mr. Coale’s lifetime of public service to Stockton and San Joaquin County.

Mr. Coale, who passed away last year, served 22 years on the Stockton Port Commission, which included three terms as chairman.  He was a strong proponent of the Marine Highway, a federally- funded project to move ocean cargo containers between Stockton and Oakland, as well as between West Sacramento and Oakland, by barge.  He was also instrumental in convincing the federal government to transfer the former Rough and Ready Island Naval Station to the port.

“Ron Coale spent his life serving our community, and I am proud to recommend him for this honor,” said Rep. McNerney.  “His efforts made Stockton’s Port what it is today: a major transportation hub for agricultural exports, and the third largest facility of its kind in our state.  He loved serving on my service academy selection board for six years, and was a pleasure to work with. ”

In addition to his time as Port Commissioner, Mr. Coale served on the Stockton City Council, the San Joaquin County Council of Governments, the Stockton Metropolitan Transit District Board of Directors, the California Public Utilities Commission, and the Stockton Port District Board of Port Commissioners.

W. Ron Coale was born in Stockton, attended local schools, graduated from Stockton College, and earned a teaching certificate in the field of transportation and distribution from the University of California at Berkeley. Before returning to Stockton, he served in the U. S. Army from 1952 to 1954.

“Ron Coale was a public servant and a friend,” added Rep. McNerney. “Our community is a better place today because of his service.”