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Chief David Bejarano

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David Bejarano

David Bejarano


"A Lifelong Committment to Public Safety and Service"

As a Marine, police officer, police chief, United States Marshal, elected school board member, businessman, community volunteer, husband and father, David Bejarano has demonstrated real leadership and a lifelong commitment to protecting and serving our community.

David Bejarano's life of public service began at a young age when he volunteered to serve our country as a United States Marine.  It was in the Marines where he began developing his leadership skills, but more importantly, it was in this capacity where he made a personal commitment to spend his life serving the community through continuous public service.

In 1979, David Bejarano joined the San Diego Police Department as a sworn officer.  For more than two decades, Bejarano served and protected the City of San Diego and its residents, dutifully and honorably.  In 1999, David was appointed as the City's 34th Chief of Police.

As Police Chief, Bejarano provided distinguished and recognized leadership for more than 2,000 sworn officers, 700 civilian support personnel and 1,000 police volunteers.  He was responsible for an annual budget of $262 million and for providing nationally recognized police services for over 1.3 million persons.

During his tenure as Chief, the City of San Diego was recognized at the State and National levels as one of the safest large cities in the country and for successfully policing major national special events such as; Super Bowls XXXII and XXXVII, and the Republican National Convention.  Among his accomplishments as Police Chief, Bejarano is particularly proud to have established one of the nation's first full-time Elder Abuse Units, played a critical role in assisting the City Attorney's Office in establishing the nationally recognized Family Justice Center, and leading the country in developing police/community partnerships to address use of force issues and racial profiling concerns.

In 2003, Mr. Bejarano was appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate as the United States Marshal for the Southern District of California.  The Marshals Service is the nation's oldest and most versatile Federal law enforcement agency and plays a role in virtually every law enforcement initiative.  During his tenure, Bejarano was appointed to Chair a Federal Narcotics Enforcement Initiative focusing on the California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas borders.  This leadership role provided Bejarano with a unique perspective on drug trafficking enforcement efforts facing our county and country.

In 2006, Mr. Bejarano was appointed to the Chula Vista Elementary School District Board of Education and in 2008, elected to a four year term.  The Chula Vista Elementary School District is the largest elementary school district in the State.  The District has been recognized as one of the top districts in the County and State, based on student academic achievements.  Additionally, in 2008 the Board of Education was identified as one of the top three school boards in the country, for overall board governance excellence. 

On Tuesday, September 1, 2009 Mr. Bejarano was sworn in as the City of Chula Vista’s 23rd Chief of Police. Chief Bejarano leads a department of 240 sworn law officers and 90 civilian employees, plus more than a hundred volunteers. He oversees a budget of 44 million dollars and provides law enforcement services to a community of 225,000 people. Chula Vista is the second largest city in San Diego County, 14th largest in the state and the 89th largest in the country. Chula Vista is home to the 2009 Little League World Series Champion Park View Little League, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, the Chula Vista Nature Center, J Street Harbor, the Third Avenue Village and Knott's Soak City. Downtown Chula Vista hosts a number of cultural events; including its Cinco de Mayo celebration, Lemon Festival and Holiday Starlight Parade.

    

Mr. Bejarano has received numerous awards, commendations and appointments throughout his public service career, including being recognized with a "Peacemaker Award" and "Diogenes Award" (for demonstrating integrity and candor with the public and news media). He was recently appointed to the IACP Executive Committee representing California and Hawaii law enforcement.

Mr. Bejarano is a native of El Paso, Texas, and earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from National University. He and his wife, Esperanza have been married for 30 years and have three children: Marissa, Yvonne, and Michael.

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