Mike Hamel has over three decades of public safety experience, skilled in fostering safe communities through collaboration and problem-solving.
Mr. Hamel is a 29-year law enforcement veteran, who began his career with the Los Angeles Police Department, before laterally transferring to the Irvine Police Department in 1995. At Irvine PD, he worked his way up the ranks and was appointed as the first “homegrown” Chief in 2015, a role he served in for 6 years, before retiring near the end of 2021. Hamel is particularly proud of his work in the Criminal Investigations Division and his commitment to victim advocacy throughout his career.
He currently serves as the Executive Director and Chief Security Operations Officer at Hoag Health System. Here he oversees physical security for the enterprise, inclusive of three acute care hospitals, 10 Health Centers, 15 urgent care centers, and over 8000 employees. His responsibilities include oversight of security personnel assigned to Hoag facilities, internal investigations, contract management, various security technology systems, site security assessments, threat assessment, training and development, and site plan review. He also chairs the hospital’s Workplace Violence Reduction Committee.