Foster City Names New Police Chief

Foster City Police Capt. Matt Martell has been named the city's new top cop.

The city of Foster City announced Tuesday Capt. Matt Martell has been named the new Police Chief of Foster City effective Oct. 10.

Martell, currently in charge of Field Operations with the Foster City Police Department, will replace Police Chief Craig Courtin, who is on Oct. 9.

“I know that Matt will be an outstanding leader for our Police Department, ensuring the continued excellent service provided by the Department to our community,” City Manager Jim Hardy said in a statement.

Martell has 28 years of law enforcement experience, the last 21 years of which have been with the Foster City Police Department.

He began his career with Foster City in 1991 when he was hired as a Police Officer. He was promoted through the ranks until his appointment as Police Captain in 2004.

Martell has a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Behavior.

Before coming to Foster City, he worked for the Antioch Police Department and he also served as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Army.

Martell is a Foster City resident who is active in the Rotary Club, currently serving on the Board of the Rotary Club of Foster City. He is active with the American Red Cross Bay Area and earned their Volunteer of the Year award in 2007. He is a past Commodore of the Coyote Point Yacht Club and in his free time he enjoys being on the water.

“Foster City has given so much to me and is such a great place to live, work and play,” Martell said. “I am excited that I will be able to serve the community in a new capacity and to lead our Police Department in a continuing tradition of excellence.”

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David C. Couper August 09, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Ask your new chief to affirm the qualities necessary for police in our society to hold and practice at: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/policing-our-nation.html. Also visit my blog at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com. (Those qualities are: Accountable, Collaborative, Educated and trained, Effective and preventive, Honest, Model citizen, Peacekeeper and protector, Representative, Respectful, Restrained, Servant leader, and Unbiased.) There is a new book out that may be helpful in thinking about ways in which we can improve: “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police” (Amazon.com).
Charlie Bronitsky August 10, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Our City has an outstanding police department in every aspect. We have a safe community where our police treat everyone with respect and dignity while professionally upholding the law. Our police do not need to affirm or reaffirm anything, they practice professional policing every day and we are very proud of them and their efforts. Charlie Bronitsky, City Council Member
Colleen August 13, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I was surprised to hear Matt Martell was appointed to the police chief position of Foster City. With two police captains vying for the position, Jon Froomin and Matt Martell, it is my opinion that the city manager did not pick the right candidate for the job. Jon Froomin was born and raised here in Foster City, and has dedicated his career to the betterment of our city. He exudes professionalism and expects that of the other officers. I hope the high-quality of our police force and the safe nature of our city is not jeapordized with this new appointment.


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