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College of Marin’s New Chief of Police is Officially Sworn In

Chief of Police Mitchell (Mitch) Lemay Takes Oath of Office

David Wain Coon, Ed.D. and Chief of Police Mitchell LemayKentfield, CA–May 6, 2011–College of Marin held a special ceremony today to swear in to office its new Chief of Police Mitchell (Mitch) Lemay. The ceremony was held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kentfield Campus in the Student Services Building.  Raul Botello, who served as the college's Interim-Chief of Police, welcomed and introduced Chief Lemay. College of Marin Superintendent/President David Wain Coon, Ed.D. administered the oath of office.  Chief Lemay’s wife, Cathy Lemay, pinned her husband with his official Chief of Police Badge. Law enforcement representatives from Ross, Tiburon, Sausalito, Contra Costa County, and Marin County Sheriff Robert T. Doyle attended the ceremony.

The college’s new Chief expressed appreciation for the support of his staff and the welcome that he has received at the college. He said that collaboration with the college community is important in ensuring a safe and secure campus.

“I’m looking forward to implementing new programs on campus in the areas of alcohol and drug prevention, crisis intervention and emergency preparedness,” said Chief Lemay.

Chief 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. 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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