The New Year is bringing in a new San Mateo County sheriff’s lieutenant to the coastside.
Lt. John Munsey, 45, will be returning to his Half Moon Bay hometown to work with coastside communities and cities starting Jan. 13.
“I’ve always had a fondness for the coast and enjoyed my time over there growing up. I’m really looking forward to working a little more closely with the community,” Munsey said.
Munsey attended local coastside elementary and middle schools before moving to Redwood City. He earned a master’s degree in public administration before joining the Sheriff’s Office in 1994.
Routinely, the Sheriff’s Office rotates its staff and Munsey will be leaving his current position as commander of the county’s Narcotics and Vehicle Theft task forces and stepping in as the current Lt. Lisa Williams transfers to a position in the Sheriff’s Office Correctional Division.
To support the career development of its staff, the Sheriff’s Office assigns deputies to various positions throughout their tenure, said San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt. The law enforcement realm is broad, and rotating staff not only broadens a person’s experience, but it allows them to translate knowledge from previous positions, Rosenblatt said.
“With such a large agency, it’s kind of like spreading the wealth. … It’s all related in making each individual member of the Sheriff’s Office a quality resource,” Rosenblatt said.
Munsey has worked in law enforcement for 20 years and will bring an extensive background of experience with SWAT, narcotics, gangs and sexual assault teams. Having worked throughout the county and with difference agencies, he’s looking forward to translating his background to his new role as the coastside lieutenant, Munsey said.
“In my current position, I work with all the municipalities in the county. So I’ve made a lot of contacts. ... I’ll be able to bring that over to the coast,” Munsey said.
As a commander who’s overseen special teams, he didn’t have a lot of direct contact with the public, Munsey said. Although he’s enjoyed the various positions he’s held within the Sheriff’s Office, he is looking forward to taking on a different role, Munsey said.
When the coastside lieutenant position opened up, he interviewed with the city manager and is happy to have been chosen to work with city officials and the public, Munsey said.
“I’m really looking forward to getting over there and meeting with the stakeholders … find out what their needs are and what they need to accomplish,” Munsey said.
He plans on attending City Council meetings and working closely with city staff and the public to establish goals and determine how he can best serve the coastside, Munsey said.
“In this new capacity, I’m going to be directly working day in and day out with the community,” Munsey said. “It’s going to be a nice change.”
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