Alameda County native John McPartland was elected to represent District #5, which includes the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, Castro Valley and Hayward (partial).
Before joining the Board, McPartland was a BART Safety Specialist for six years where he served as a liaison to, and facilitated disaster response training with, public safety agencies within the BART service area. He also planned and conducted disaster training exercises between BART emergency operations staff and state, county and local municipalities.
McPartland brought to BART a strong background in emergency management and leadership. Most recently, he was appointed by the governor to the State Seismic Safety Commission. He is retired from the Oakland Fire Department after 25 years as a Chief Officer. He was responsible for the mitigation of emergencies of every kind throughout the city. Additionally, he served as the Emergency Medical Services Manager and was a member of the Federal Urban Search and Rescue Task Force. McPartland is also an accomplished instructor of emergency command and operations courses and uses his expertise to teach at community colleges and serve on their advisory boards.
In addition to his career in the fire service, McPartland served 36 years of active and reserve duty in Europe, S.E. Asia & the U.S., is a veteran of Vietnam & Desert Storm, and retired as an Army Colonel. His decorations are numerous and include, in part, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
McPartland has been an active community supporter for his entire adult life. Most notable among his involvement include being a member of the CA State Seismic Safety Commission, Tri-Valley Community Television Foundation, Alameda County Emergency Managers Association, the national Disaster Medical Assistance Team, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Dive Unit, the Castro Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9601 and the Castro Valley Veterans Memorial Committee.
McPartland holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s Moraga, a M.P.A. from Cal State East Bay, is a “Command and General Staff College" graduate from the U.S. Army and holds a number of technical degrees in management and emergency/disaster operations.