The notion of consolidating two Marin County police agencies was hatched not on a cocktail napkin but during a conversation between two chiefs over a cold libation a few years ago at a Novato brewery.
What originally started as a shared services agreement between the Twin Cities and San Anselmo police departments now has evolved into a full-fledged consolidation, a groundbreaking achievement in a county plagued with redundancy and rising costs for police and fire services.
In one simple phrase, it is the achievement San Anselmo Police Chief Charles Maynard is most proud of during his 12-year tenure which will end this month. It will arguably be his single-most enduring legacy when his police career officially ends, a career that started for him as a Police Explorer in the Southern California city of Stanton at the age of 14.
Maynard says he will take some time off to travel with his wife Janice. Their first trip will be to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the holidays. He will likely return to police work somewhere down the road, probably as a consultant.
“We’ve worked on this consolidation for the better part of four years,” Maynard said, referring to Twin Cities Police Chief Todd Cusimano. “This was something I had wanted to do for some time. This was really groundbreaking. I think we’ll be able to provide better service for less money.”
In San Anselmo, the police department is expected to save about $900,000 the first year. And that’s just one community.
The communities of Larkspur and Corte Madera consolidated in 1980, becoming the first police agencies in California to merge. They too will see substantial savings with the consolidation.
“It has nothing but positives coming out of the decision,” Maynard said. “I think the plan will save those three communities significantly. I think there will be more opportunities for employees.”
The San Anselmo Police Officers Association is planning a retirement party Feb. 9.
“His retirement is bittersweet for me,” Cusimano said. “I am sad to see him go as a peer (and) mentor, and his retirement will leave a big void among our Marin County chief’s group. I wish him the best and will be forever appreciative for his role in our upcoming consolidation.”
Maynard made a number of significant contributions in San Anselmo. Some of them include:
• Working with local schools to develop a first-responder protocol for intruders on campus.
• Introduced “Every Fifteen Minutes,” “Smart Start” and the “Dry 2-K” programs at Sir Francis Drake High School.
• Developed the department’s first open house, which became a successful annual event.
• Instituted an intern program at the high school level to develop relationships between the youth and the police force.
• Developed a comprehensive training program to bring the department into P.O.S.T. , the Police Officers Standards and Training compliance.
His impact was also felt countywide.
Maynard also served as the county’s representative on the California Police Chiefs Association, was president of the Marin County Police Chiefs’ Association and was a board member on the county’s Major Crimes Task Force oversight committee. He also served as assistant town manager.
Maynard, who was born in Concord, New Hamphire, moved to Southern California in 1966 and grew up in Orange County. He graduated from Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove.
In 1979, he became a reserve officer with the city of Fountain Valley, earning his first officer’s badge from his hometown of Stanton in 1981. He also worked as an officer in Orange and Cathedral City, advancing to the position of lieutenant in 1995.
He served as captain of the Yuba City police department for four years and then became chief in San Anselmo in March of 2000.
He has a B.S. degree in business and management from the University of Redlands and a master’s in public administration from the University of San Francisco.
Chief Maynard and his wife Janice live in Santa Rosa and have been married 31 years.
The couple has two grown children, Jonathan, 28, and Stephanie, 25. Jonathan is an electrician; Stephanie is a dispatcher for Twin Cities.
“She’ll be my legacy,” Maynard said.
Maynard also plans to spend more time with his 4-year-old granddaughter, Taylor.
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