Dodgers hire new security chief

His name is Ray Maytorena, and he comes from the U.S. Secret Service. He replaces Lon Rosenberg, who will be free now to concentrate fully on his primary duties as stadium operations director. The two will work closely together and report to Dodgers chief operating officer Dennis Mannion. What I know on general background, culled over the past few months, is that the club is trying to find a happy medium between keeping the atmosphere safe — meaning trying to cut down on the number of fights in the stands — and keeping the atmosphere pleasant — meaning making Dodger Stadium fell a little less like a police state and strongly encouraging the security detail there to improve their guest-relations skills. At any rate, I don’t think you’ll be seeing 15 guards getting out of their chairs and walking into fair territory down each line every time a manager or pitching coach goes to the mound anymore. Below is the official release.

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today named Ray Maytorena as Vice President of Security. Chief Operating Officer Dennis Mannion made the announcement.

Maytorena has spent the past 24 years working for the United States Secret Service and has lived in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, San Diego, and Puerto Rico.

“Ray’s extensive background will be a tremendous asset to the Dodger organization,” said Mannion. “One of our three primary goals is to provide the best fan experience in all of sports, and Ray will play a huge role in ensuring that Dodger Stadium remains a safe and family-friendly place for all fans.

“Ray has traveled the world extensively and has had leadership roles in Secret Service offices here, elsewhere in the United States, and internationally. His extensive experience includes security, personal protection, and criminal investigation.”

Most recently, Maytorena served as the Special Agent in Charge (SES) of the Los Angeles field office, the nation’s third-largest district, in which he managed more than 250 employees. In that capacity, he oversaw security and protection for the numerous large events, including the State Funeral of President Gerald Ford, and served as the lead advance agent for the 1996 Republic National Convention in San Diego.

Maytorena, who is bilingual in Spanish, serves as an Executive Board member of the Los Angeles FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and an Executive Board Member of the Police Officers Association Los Angeles County (POALAC).

Maytorena received a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.

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