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Communications & Community Relations

College of Marin Hires New Chief of Police

Mitch Lemay is a Former Member of Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office

Chief LemayKentfield, CA—March 21, 2011—Last week its regular monthly meeting on March 15, 2011, the Board of Trustees approved Mitch Lemay as College of Marin’s new Chief of Police replacing interim Chief Raul Botello who has held the position since September 2010.

Lemay is a seasoned professional and brings approximately 26 years of law enforcement experience with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department to the position.

“We are fortunate to find someone with Mitch’s depth and breadth of professional experience to serve as our new Chief of Police,” said Dr. David Wain Coon, College of Marin superintendent/president. “He will be a great asset to our team.”

The Marin Community College District Police Department provides 24-hour-a-day patrol protection to both the Kentfield and Indian Valley campuses, parking lots, and open space property owned by the District. All District Police Officers are vested with full law enforcement powers and responsibilities. 

“I look forward to working with the college community to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff,” Lemay said.

Prior to accepting the position as COM Chief of Police, Lemay served for two years as a contract Chief of Police for Contra Costa Sheriff Department AC Transit. He also has served as a Deputy Detective and a Sergeant Detective assigned to the North Richmond area in the Homicide, Persons and Property Crime Unit. After being promoted to Lieutenant, he was assigned as the Delta Station Area Commander in Oakley, the West County Detention Facility Commander in Richmond, and the Work Alternative Facility Commander in Martinez.  

He also has successfully authored and assisted in several grant applications, including securing funding for Crisis Intervention Training for departments throughout Contra Costa County and coordinating crisis intervention training for law enforcement throughout the state.  

Chief Lemay was born and raised in Pittsburg, California graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and is an alumnus of both the FBI National Academy Class #226 and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. He is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association and the International Police Association. COM’s new Chief of Police also was one of the first “Head Start” students in the nation in 1964. Chief Lemay will start his new duties at College of Marin on April 4, 2011.

College of Marin has been providing high quality post secondary education learning opportunities for Marin residents since 1926. The college is fully accredited by WASC and serves approximately 10000 credit and noncredit students each fall and spring semester. College of Marin has two campuses, one located at 835 College Ave. in Kentfield, CA and the Indian Valley Campus is located at 1800 Ignacio Blvd. in Novato, CA.

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