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Executive Leadership Group

Kirk Nichols

Interim Vice President, Public Safety/Harbor Police Chief

Kirk Nichols is the Interim Vice President of Public Safety/Chief of Harbor Police. He began his career in law enforcement in 1995 as a recruit for the Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department. He rose in the ranks from officer to lieutenant and was promoted to captain in 2014. Achievements include Commanding Officer’s Citations and Commendations for two life-saving incidents, significant arrests and investigations, interagency operations, and community engagements. He’s led the department’s Homeland Security, Investigations, Training, and Professional Standards units as well as the Patrol and Administrative Sections. In 2018, Nichols was promoted to Assistant Chief and was responsible for all day-to-day operations. He also served as the Co-Chair of the Seconds In Command Group for San Diego County in 2019 and 2020, and as the Harbor Police representative for the Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RECOM) Executive Committee. Kirk holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from National University, and a master’s degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.