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Posted on: April 23, 2018

[ARCHIVED] New Commanding Officer for Half Moon Bay/Coastside Patrol Bureau

April 23, 2018 - San Mateo County Sheriff's Captain Saul Lopez has been appointed the new commanding officer for the Half Moon Bay/Coastside Patrol Bureau. He is presently transitioning into the position, to assume command in his new assignment in June.

For Immediate Release
April 23, 2018

Matthew Chidester
Half Moon Bay Deputy City Manager

Rosemerry Blankswade
Detective, Public Information Officer
San Mateo County Sheriff's Office

New Commanding Officer for Half Moon Bay/Coastside Patrol Bureau

Half Moon Bay, CA - The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the City of Half Moon Bay, has appointed Captain Saul Lopez as the new commanding officer for the Half Moon Bay/Coastside Patrol Bureau. He will replace newly-appointed Assistant Sheriff John Munsey, who has led Coastside operations since 2014 and will now oversee the Sheriff's Corrections Division. Captain Lopez is transitioning into the position this month, and will assume full command in his new assignment in early June. He'll be introduced and welcomed to the community at an upcoming Half Moon Bay City Council meeting.

Captain Lopez was raised on the Peninsula, attended school in San Mateo, and has a bachelor's degree in Administration of Justice. His current assignment is Commander of the San Mateo County Narcotics and Vehicle Theft Task Force. Captain Lopez was previously assigned to the Coastside as a Sheriff's Sergeant from 2012-2014, and in 2013 was awarded the Medal of Valor for his part in rescuing occupants of a residential structure fire on the Coastside.

"I'm honored and pleased to return to Half Moon Bay and the coastside, and I look forward to working closely with the City and the community," said Captain Lopez. "My goals are to uphold our commitment to the highest standards of law enforcement, and work to assure a positive, ongoing relationship between law enforcement and community members on the coastside."

Captain Lopez began his law enforcement career in 1995 with the San Bruno Police Department and joined the Sheriff's Office in 2004. He is bilingual in English/Spanish, and comes to the Coastside with a great deal of experience, having worked a variety of assignments including patrol, investigation, narcotics, and street crimes.

Since mid-2011, the City of Half Moon Bay has contracted with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office to provide law enforcement services to the city. The Sheriff's Office maintains a substation at the City's Emergency Operations Center, 537 Kelly Avenue.

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 12,000 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic Downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City's website is


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