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Port of San Diego Celebrates Harbor Police Department Change of Command and Promotions

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2018 HPD Ceremony Department PhotoThe Port of San Diego’s Harbor Police Department marked a memorable and historic occasion on March 16, 2018 with a Change of Command and Promotion Ceremony celebrating the appointment of Vice President of Public Safety/Harbor Police Chief Mark G. Stainbrook and 11 Harbor Police promotions.

As part of Port Public Safety, the Harbor Police Department provides for the safety of our communities and resources along San Diego Bay and at San Diego International Airport. Stainbrook was appointed as Chief in March after serving in an acting capacity since October 2017, with previous service in an acting role for a year.

“This is a special day for the entire Harbor Police Department as we welcome Chief Stainbrook to this role and celebrate 11 other well-deserved promotions,” said Randa Coniglio, the Port’s President/Chief Executive Officer. “Chief Stainbrook has helped build the great team we have at the Harbor Police Department and he leads by example. The women and men being promoted today exemplify the best qualities in law enforcement and the entire region benefits from their dedicated service.”

Filled with tradition, pomp and circumstance, the event was held at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. Colonel John Bolduc, the department’s former chief who is now the superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, returned to San Diego to do the honors of swearing Stainbrook in as his successor. Afterwards, Chief Stainbrook invited the department’s newest leaders to the stage for an Oath of Office and Badge-Pinning Ceremony. The following 11 officers were promoted:

  • Corporal Promotions: Jeremy Felden, Robert Glenn and Jose Torres
  • Sergeant Promotions: Kenneth Helman, Jolene McAllister, Raul Munoz and Michael Whittaker
  • Lieutenant Promotions: Magda Fernandez and Jonathan George
  • Captain Promotion: Eric Womack
  • Assistant Chief Promotion: Kirk Nichols

“No one leads alone. It was important for me to have these individuals be a part of this today. To be successful, we must lead as a team and we will,” said Chief Stainbrook. “We are going to invest in each other, in the department and the Port, and in the communities we serve.”

Stainbrook has been a Port employee for six years. He retired as a lieutenant from the Los Angeles Police Department, where he served in a variety of assignments including patrol, gangs, internal affairs, intelligence and counter-terrorism. Stainbrook is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. In his second career, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve with 31 years of military service. Stainbrook graduated with honors from California State University Long Beach with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy Administration. In 2007, he was a US-UK Fulbright Fellow at Leeds University in the Religious and Theology Department and was seconded to the West Yorkshire Police Force.

Stainbrook has worked with the U.S. State Department in Kenya, Chad, Nepal and India to train their police forces on counter-terrorism, criminal intelligence and community policing methods. He joined the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies as a Senior Fellow in June 2016.

About the Port of San Diego:
The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

About Port of San Diego Public Safety:
Port of San Diego Public Safety protects and oversees the safety of our dynamic San Diego Bay waterfront—land and sea.

Port Public Safety is responsible for safeguarding waterfront parks and land, maintaining homeland security and collaborating with agency partners to deter crime locally and abroad. Through the Harbor Police Department, the Port provides for the safety of our communities and resources along San Diego Bay and at San Diego International Airport, and is seen as a global leader in maritime and aviation public safety.

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