Central Marin police hire veteran public information officer

Central Marin police hire veteran public information officer By: Adrian Rodriguez (arodriguez@marinij.com) Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 – 5:40 p.m. Margo Rohrbacher has been hired as communications manager for the Central Marin Police Authority. (IJ photo — Robert Tong) The Central Marin Police Authority has tapped veteran public information officer Margo Rohrbacher, formerly of the San Rafael Police Department, to be the agency’s communications manager. Rohrbacher, 59, of San Rafael will work 10 to 14 hours a week and be paid $35 an hour. Her salary will range from $18,000 to $25,000 annually and because it is a contract position, she will not receive benefits, pension or retirement. The Police Council unanimously signed off on the hire at a meeting Jan. 7. “When we found out she was available, it seemed like a no-brainer,” said Larkspur Councilman Larry Chu, who serves on the Police Council. Rohrbacher has proven herself on the job already, Chief Todd Cusimano said, commenting on how quickly she was able to get information out on a credit card fraud investigation that involved skimming devices suspected to have been used at Gas and Shop at 750 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in San Anselmo. Advertisement “We’ve had over 200 victims report to us because of her proactiveness,” he said. “I’m excited to have her on board – not just for the police department, but for the community.” Rohrbacher, who grew up in San Anselmo, began her career with the San Rafael Police Department on Jan. 1, 1979, the same year she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Dominican University. She stayed with the department for 35 years, serving as cadet, dispatcher and police services aide in crime scene investigation before becoming the public information officer. In the role, she implemented the use of the Nixle program, which is an online service that posts alerts to the department’s website and sends notifications to the community. At the time of her retirement in August 2014, she was the longest active employee. The opportunity to focus on only communication is what intrigued her to take on the position with Central Marin, she said. “The PIO duties are always a part of a larger assignment,” she said of her previous spokesperson position. “This gives me an opportunity to just focus on public information and have a hand in highlighting the great things that folks are doing every day.” In her new role Rohrbacher will manage the police department’s social media presence, write press releases and social media postings, be the department’s spokesperson and work with command staff during critical incidents. The new role is also particularly special, she said, because when she was a student, she experienced her first ride-along with San Anselmo police. “I’m a San Anselmo girl,” Rohrbacher said. “It really closes the circle for me.” David Nolen Swaim Owner Tam Realty Inc DRE-1070789 609 San Anselmo Ave San Anselmo CA 94960 415-710-5504 www.tamrealty.com

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