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Los Gatos Top Cop Is New Head of State Police Chiefs Association

Chief Scott Seaman will be sworn in as president of state police chiefs group Wednesday during a public safety symposium in Sacramento.

Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Chief Scott Seaman will be sworn in as the new president of the California Police Chiefs Association Wednesday during a ceremony in Sacramento.

Seaman will take the helm of the organization during its 35th annual Training Symposium and Trade Show, whose theme this year is “Challenges and Opportunities.”

"I am deeply honored to serve as president of the California Police Chiefs Association," Seaman said. "Our association represents California's 332 municipal police chiefs who represent 78 percent of California residents."

Established in 1966, the California Police Chiefs Association represents municipal law enforcement agencies in the state and is an influential participant in the state's legislative process, according to its website.

The organization's objectives are to promote and advance the science and art of police administration and crime prevention; and to develop and disseminate professional administrative practices.

It also fosters police cooperation and the exchange of information and experience throughout the state, recruits and trains qualified persons in the police profession and encourages the adherence of all police officers to high professional standards of conduct in strict compliance with the Law Enforcement Officer’s Code of Ethics.

Seaman had been serving on the organization's executive board as its first vice president. He's been in law enforcement for more than 35 years.

He succeeds David L. Maggard, Jr. as president, the police chief of the City of Irvine.

Seaman led the effort to create the association's two-year strategic plan. "A key goal of mine will be to lead the implementation of that plan. Law enforcement faces many challenges with budget cutbacks to cities resulting in the reduction of staffing and resources. Our association is working hard to protect those law enforcement resources which cities depend upon to provide front-line law enforcement services," he said.

Los Gatos Town Manager Greg Larson said: “Chief Seaman continues to serve Los Gatos exceptionally well. We are honored to share a bit of his leadership across the state as we begin to emerge from these tough economic times.”

As chief of the LGMSPD, he supervises 41 officers and 18 civilian staff.

Seaman earned his bachelor's degree in criminology from the University of California-Berkeley.

He began his career with the San Jose Police Department in August 1975. He worked a large number of assignments there, including patrol, investigations, community work, narcotics, sexual assault unit, street crimes unit and personnel. As a pilot, he also flew the department's plane on collateral assignments. 

Seaman received specialized training through the FBI National Academy, a 10-week program for law enforcement and the California Command College, a two-year program, which contributed toward a master's degree in management. In 2002, after a 27-year career with the SJPD, he became aware of an opening in Los Gatos. He got the job as the town's top cop, and on July 1, 2002, was sworn in as the .

Seaman also serves on the board of the YMCA of Silicon Valley and is a member of Rotary. He's been married for almost 30 years and has two adult children: a son, age 27; and a daughter, age 25. His hobbies include woodworking, fly fishing, traveling, cooking and flying.

Los Gatos resident and community advocate Jonathan Knowles, president of the , said he would be attending the ceremony and was delighted to see Seaman begin a new leadership role with the state police chiefs group.

"We experience Chief Seaman's above and beyond commitment to our community and his outstanding level of professionalism daily. This is not only an honor for Scott, but an honor that all Los Gatos and Monte Sereno residents will take pride in. I know I speak for many when I say I am privileged to know and have the good fortune to work with him," Knowles said.

Mary Lindsay March 13, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Yeah for Chief Seaman! Just shows what a stellar police department we have in Los Gatos, and the leadership role Chief Seaman and the department plays locally in the community - and statewide, too.
Mckenna Smith March 14, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Congratulations Chief Scott Seaman for your excellence in making Los Gatos and Monte Sereno and now the State of California a safe and wonderful place to live! Thank you for addressing many local public safety problems head-on.
Melissa Pugh March 14, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Hooray, Chief Seaman. You continue to make us a proud community and an even prouder state! Thank you.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz March 14, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Congrat's Chief Seaman, & Welcome to L G!
Jane Darwin March 14, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Congratulations Chief Seaman. What a great recognition and you do the town really proud.
Michelle Paxton March 14, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Congratulations and chat it up with John Jennings, he just retired and a great man!
Nathalie Donoso March 14, 2012 at 04:54 AM
congratulations! Way to go.
Jesse Ducker March 14, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Congrats. Good to see hard work paying off.
carol musser March 14, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Congratulations Chief on your honor to serve as President of the Califonia Police Chiefs Association. Good wishes for the coming year.
alana forrest March 15, 2012 at 12:49 AM
A great Chief, boss and mentor. You exemplify excellence in law enforcement. Congrats.
Summer Hemphill March 15, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Looking forward to your biased & ill-conceived efforts to perpetuate the effort of this organization to obstruct my right to "safe & legal access" to medicinal marijuana granted by the voters & legislators of the great state of California ! You'd hope a UC graduate would hopefully bring a more adult point of view to this august organization,but that is highly unlikely !
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) March 15, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Summer, the Chief and the LGMSPD have nothing to do with allowing a medicinal dispensary in town. That's a decision made by the Town Council. Not fair to leave this comment here.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) March 15, 2012 at 02:24 AM
The Los Gatos Town Council banned medical marijuana dispensaries on Aug. 15, 2011. Here's the link to a story we wrote advancing that meeting. On Oct. 5, 2009, the town started moratoriums prohibiting the establishment and operation of such dispensaries. The moratorium was set to expire Oct. 5, 2011. You can still get medical pot outside of town. http://patch.com/A-k58P
Brash Brazen March 15, 2012 at 08:12 AM
The California Police Chief's Association was a major contributor to the effort to defeat Proposition 19 & has been in the forefront of the effort to undermine the will of the voters concerning "safe & legal access" to medicinal marijuana. As a member of CASA & longtime CPCA member he has continuously spread lies & misinformation in his efforts to undermine & demean patients & the dispensaries that serve them ! His statement that "marijuana is more potent now because it's laced with harder drugs" is just one example of the kind of bold faced lie he repeats on a daily basis ! I suggest before you have the audacity to determine what is & is not fair to comment on that you actually have some pertinent knowledge on the subject you're talking about ! Further in so far as the City Council is concerned they all took an oath to uphold state law,not just the ones they personally agree with. Their outrageous attack on patient's rights is a violation of their oath & should disqualify them from holding office. Cities don't enforce federal law & now that Congress allowed Washington D.C. voters to approve medicinal marijuana the "equal protection clause" of the U.S. Constitution will make it impossible to prosecute those following their state guidelines. Why leave town to acquire medication that not only are you legally entitled to but will bring back to town to use ?!? Scott Seaman is a callous prohibitionist whose baseless propaganda is truthless,prejudicial,inaccurate & repugnant !!!
Peter S. Carter March 15, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Congratulations to Chief Seaman for assuming the presidency of the California Police Chief's Association. There is nothing more significant than recognition from one's peers. They know, as do Los Gatans, that he will do an excellent job. Peter S. Carter PS: Relative to the comments above from "Brash Braven", it's evident Mr. Braven neglected to take his meds today.

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