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Command Staff

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Chief Anthony Ciaburro

Assistant General Manager (AGM) of Public Safety Anthony Ciaburro joined the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department in 2015 after a distinguished career with the San Jose Police Department. AGM Ciaburro oversees Police, Fire, and Lifeguard Services. He is  the Park District’s Chief of Police. He has established a unified vision for not only protecting the District’s lands but emphasizing stewardship as well.

Chief Ciaburro is committed to public service and defending the constitutional rights of all people. He believes all law enforcement personnel share the burden of a troubled history and are responsible for enacting a most promising future. The police and those whom they are sworn to protect can only reach this goal via joint determination.

Chief Ciaburro continues the philosophy of “Good to Great” as the AGM. Along with his command and professional staff, improvements have been made in all areas with the goal of ever-increasing professionalism and improved performance. He and his team have added select technological enhancements and increased employee recognition, staying vigilant to recognize any possible improvements for the Division and District's betterment. They have combined these overall innovations with a recruiting strategy that emphasizes the distinction and privilege of working for the Park District.

In his capacity as AGM of Public Safety, Chief (AGM) Ciaburro extended his drive for continuous improvement for Fire Department and Lifeguard Services. He has placed great value on supporting the leadership of the Fire Department to ensure strong professional growth and mission fulfillment. Through a series of personnel changes, the Fire Department is experiencing an extraordinary period of operational resiliency, continuing to meet and overcome the many significant challenges of present-day fuels management and firefighting.

Chief Ciaburro, the Fire Chief, and the Lifeguard Services Manager have continued to support the high-performing Lifeguard Services Division. Chief Ciaburro has increased permanent staffing over multiple budget cycles to ensure robust leadership levels and operational efficiencies. He emphasizes a well-balanced workforce that can expertly perform the required tasks while espousing and actualizing true public service.

Chief Ciaburro has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from San Jose State University. He also has a minor in Spanish and speaks it fluently. He is a graduate of the 2011 FBI National Academy (NA 245).

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Dave Phulps

Lieutenant David Phulps began his law enforcement career with the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department in 1999, when he was hired while attending the California Fish & Game Academy in Napa. He is a husband and father to two young boys. Prior to law enforcement, he spent four years in the Marine Corps, assigned to aviation units in Arizona and Japan. Soon after discharging, he graduated Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Management.

During his tenure with the Department, he’s been a Crime Scene Investigator, Field Training Officer, a member of the Alameda County Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force, SWAT Team member and Team Leader and a Detective. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2007 and served as a patrol sergeant and supervised the Professional Standards Unit. Lt. Phulps was promoted to Lieutenant in 2017 and serves as the Watch Commander Tuesday through Friday.  He also oversees the other half of the Patrol Operations Division, the EBMUD/JPA (Joint Powers Agreement) Unit and the Special Enforcement Unit which includes marine, canine, equestrian, motorcycle, and bike patrols.

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Giorgio Chevez

Lieutenant Giorgio Chevez began his law enforcement career with the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department in 2008. He graduated from the 142nd Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Police Academy. Prior to law enforcement, he graduated from San Francisco State University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Lieutenant Chevez has served in many roles throughout his career. He was a Field Training Officer, training new officers and lateral officers for patrol. He was also an Investigator for a Regional Narcotics Task Force. In 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant in the Operations Division he oversaw several Patrol teams and also was the Investigations Unit Sergeant. He served in many roles in the Police Association, including the Police Association President. Lieutenant Chevez was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2021. He oversees half of the Patrol Operations Division and the Air Support Unit.

Lieutenant Chevez resides in Contra Costa County with his family.

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Joe Cotcher

Prior to his law enforcement career, Terrence Joseph Cotcher (Joe) graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Political Science. He then became a public school teacher.

Lieutenant Cotcher began his law enforcement career with the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department in 2006 as a police recruit. He became a police officer in May of 2007 where he worked in patrol and the Special Enforcement Unit focusing on problem oriented policing. He later became a firearms instructor utilizing his teaching skills.

In 2015, he was promoted to Sergeant and worked in the Personnel & Training Unit where he was in charge of all department training and hiring of employees. In July of 2018 Joe was promoted to Lieutenant assigned to the Support Services Division. He currently oversees Recruitment and Training, Budget, the Fleet, building and major long term projects. Joe resides in Brentwood with his family and is an avid user of the Park District.

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Patty Gershaneck

Communications and Records Manager Patty Gershaneck began her career with the East Bay Regional Park District as a Public Safety Communications Dispatcher in 2003. During her tenure in the Communications Center Patty served as a Community Service Officer, Crime Scene Technician, Records Supervisor, Dispatch Supervisor and Communications Training Officer. After her extensive time in the Communications Center Patty was promoted to her current position where she manages the Communications Center, Records and Property/Evidence Units. She also works with Park Operations in regards to the District’s radio and cell phone infrastructure and security systems.

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