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There’s a New Sheriff in Town!

There is a new Sheriff in town! As we say our good-bye to Lieutenant Margie Sheehan, the City of Dana Point welcomes our new Chief of Police Services, Kirsten Monteleone.

We are happy to share that Lt. Sheehan has been selected by Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes to work directly as a part of Sheriff’s Administration. Lt. Sheehan will now be the executive aid to the Sheriff of Orange County – the same position that Barnes held for Sandra Hutchens when she first became Sheriff.

Lt. Sheehan has been a tremendous asset to Dana Point over the last 16 months. Her dedication to the community was evident in all she did, and we know she will bring the same efforts to the Sheriff’s Office.

Lieutenant Kirsten Monteleone of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD), has been selected as Dana Point’s new Chief of Police Services. She brings 24 years of law enforcement and previous experience in Dana Point, including patrol operations and serving as the Administrative Deputy. She has been fortunate to work in a variety of operational assignments, including court operations, corrections, field training bureau, and Strategy Accountability Focus Evaluation (SAFE) Division.

Lt. Monteleone holds a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Management from California State University, Long Beach, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton. Monteleone is an OCSD Gold Star recipient and a recipient of the Alzheimer Association’s Hero Award.

Our new Chief of Police Services is passionate about Dana Point and is excited to implement her skills and experience to provide exemplary public safety while operating efficiently and fiscally responsibly.

Lieutenant Monteleone will be formally joining Dana Point with her drive and professionalism as Chief on August 30th.