Dublin Police Chief Tom McCarthy has announced plans to leave his post at the end of February to become the executive director of the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority (EBRCSA).
A 32-year veteran of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, McCarthy has spent the last four and a half years as Commander of Dublin Police Services through the City's contract with the Sheriff's Office. McCarthy leads a 50-member police department, including Patrol, Investigations, School Resource Officers, Crime Prevention and Traffic Enforcement.
McCarthy also has hosted community activities, such as the popular "Coffee with the Chief" program, and has served as a speaker at school, community and neighborhood association meetings.
He also has conducted numerous seminars and programs on topics of importance to the Dublin community, including teen prescription drug use, and oversaw the police department's Citizen's Academy and summer Youth Academy.
"Tom will be greatly missed by the Dublin community," said Mayor David Haubert. "His leadership and professionalism have advanced the city's public safety efforts and truly helped our community thrive."
"Tom was accessible and visible in the community with programs like 'Coffee with the Chief,' National Night Out, and at many city events," Haubert added. "We are all appreciative of his tremendous service, and wish him the best in his new endeavor."
McCarthy began his career in law enforcement at the Alameda County Sheriff's office as deputy sheriff in 1983. After moving up the ranks, he was named commander at that office in 2009. In this capacity, he assisted the San Francisco Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative with management of homeland security grants for the San Francisco Bay Area.
He also worked with regional law enforcement agencies and cities in preparing and implementing Regional Catastrophic Response Plans. This included local offices of emergency services, county coroner departments, as well as fire and public works departments and agencies throughout the Bay Area.
McCarthy holds a bachelor's degree in Management from St. Mary's College in Moraga.
In his new role with the EBRCSA, he will provide leadership for 43 public agencies, helping to build and operate a state-of-the-art communications system for these agencies within Alameda and Contra Costa counties.