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Port of San Diego Announces Passing of Former Harbor Police Chief David Hall

The Port of San Diego sadly announces the passing of former Harbor Police Chief David A. Hall on Friday, December 6, 2019 after a months-long battle with cancer. Chief Hall spent four years at the helm of the Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department from 1999 to 2003 and served with the San Diego Police Department for 30 years.  

During his years with the Harbor Police, Chief Hall worked diligently to develop leadership concepts and professional training within the department. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Chief Hall led Port and Harbor Police efforts to develop a homeland security program to ensure officer and public safety. His work earned him a Distinguished Public Service Award from the Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard.

“Chief Hall’s legacy continues in the men and women he hired, many of whom have risen to positions of leadership in the Harbor Police Department,” said current Harbor Police Chief Mark Stainbrook. “Chief Hall diligently mentored, coached and inspired these leaders to be highly trained and competent police professionals. He will be dearly missed.”

Before leading the Harbor Police, and after retiring as a San Diego Police Captain, Hall worked for six years with California Peace Officer Standards and Training as a law enforcement consultant and ultimately a bureau chief. He was assigned to the Center for Leadership Development, which included analysis and development of various supervisory, management and leadership programs, courses, and workshops.

After leaving Harbor Police, Chief Hall went on to serve as interim director of public safety for the Fresno Yosemite International Airport, was a senior police advisor for the country of Montenegro, and was a project director for a federal grant that addressed public safety issues along the United States and Mexico border.

In 2015, Chief Hall served as the interim police chief for the city of Emeryville, during which time he conducted an organizational audit and made recommendations in preparation for the incoming chief.

Chief Hall also worked for approximately eleven years as an independent contractor for a security firm. Projects included the development of operational protocols for command and control centers at large events, critiquing and analyzing security at large events, and assessing collaborative efforts among public and private entities that provided public safety services.

As a volunteer, Chief Hall was an elected Retiree Representative to the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees, as well as president of the City of San Diego Retired Fire and Police Association.

Chief Hall was 78 years old and is survived by his wife, Linda, of 58 years; son Larry (retired San Diego Police Department) and daughter-in-law Juliette Hall; son Andy Hall; son Jeff and daughter-in-law Melissa Hall; five grandchildren, Jonathan, Lauren, Hailey, Max, Alyssa Hall; and sister Lois Willoughby. A memorial service is being planned for January 2020.

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.


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.