On August 28, 2009, David Bejarano was appointed as the City of Chula Vista’s 23rd Chief of Police. Chief Bejarano is a native of El Paso, Texas, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from National University. During his tenure with Chula Vista, the police department has received national recognition as one of the safest cities in the nation.
Chief Bejarano began his career in public service when he joined the United States Marine Corps in 1975. In 1979, he joined the San Diego Police Department as a sworn officer. Chief Bejarano served in a variety of assignments including special investigations, the SWAT Team, Border Crime Prevention Unit, and led the department’s security planning and operations for the 1996 Republican National Convention. In 1999, he was appointed as the City’s 32nd Chief of Police. Among his accomplishments as a police chief, was establishing one of the nation’s first full-time Elder Abuse Units, collaboration with the City Attorney’s Office in establishing the nationally recognized Family Justice Center and development of innovative policies and training to address use of force and racial profiling concerns.
In 2003, Chief Bejarano was appointed by the President of the United States as the United States Marshal for the Southern District of California. During his tenure, Chief Bejarano was appointed to chair a Federal Narcotics Enforcement Initiative focusing on multi-state narcotics trafficking investigations along the California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas borders. This leadership role provided Bejarano with a unique perspective on drug trafficking challenges facing our county and country.
He has and continues to hold national leadership positions with the International Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Committee, serves as 1st Vice President of the California Police Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Association.
Chief 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). In 2012, he was also recognized as the Police Executive of the Year, by the California Association of Tactical Officers.