Veteran Glendale Police Department Captain to Fill Newly Created Position; will Oversee Airport Police and Fire Departments
BURBANK, Calif., November 29, 2001 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority today announced the appointment of Glendale Police Captain Michael S. Post, 52, to fill the newly created position of Director of Public Safety, effective December 10th.
Post will be responsible for the administration of the Burbank Airport Police and Fire Departments, a work force totaling 53 persons when fully staffed. Consolidating the oversight of the two departments under a single director was one of several enhancements to the airport’s public safety program announced in October, based on recommendations by the Authority’s ad hoc committee on security and public safety formed after the attacks of September 11th.
“We are pleased to have an experienced law enforcement officer of Mike’s caliber join us. The Airport Authority has initiated the process of beefing up our police operation to enhance the security of our facility to the traveling public. Mike brings both professional local law enforcement experience and a background in aviation, an ideal combination for the work we do at the airport,” said Dios Marrero, executive director.
Initial priorities will include bringing training standards for airport police officers into conformance with those required for initial hiring by most municipal departments in California and ensuring that the department is certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T).
Airport police are already sworn peace officers and meet standards specified by state and federal law, but their initial training requirements have not been P.O.S.T.-certified. They also receive special aviation law training that municipal officers are not normally given.
The new director will also conduct the hiring of 14 new police officers, bringing the total department up to 34 positions from its current level of 19. The additional law enforcement presence was mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration following September 11th.
Post is a 28-year veteran of the Glendale Police Department and has been a captain since 1991, where he has been in command of the Investigative Services Division and the Support Services Division, with a staff of 80. He was active in the establishment of the joint Burbank and Glendale police helicopter facility at Burbank Airport in the 1990s and was the direct manager of Glendale police flight operations.
Post holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Chapman College and a master’s degree in management from the University of California at Pomona. He is a graduate of the Aviation Safety Management Program of the University of Southern California School of Engineering and has completed numerous other law enforcement and military specialty courses.
Post and his wife of 31 years reside in the San Fernando Valley.