June 5, 2013

Lieutenant Colleen McMahon Rides Off to Retirement

Today we say farewell to Lieutenant Colleen McMahon after 24 years of service to our community.  Lieutenant McMahon worked her final shift today, Wednesday June 5, 2013. 

  Photo Courtesy of Dan Coyro

Lieutenant McMahon was hired and sent to the police academy in February 1989.  She graduated the academy and became a police officer in July 1989, just months before the Loma Prieta Earthquake.  She was promoted to Sergeant in September 1995.  As Sergeant, Colleen supervised Patrol teams, the Downtown Unit, Internal Affairs and the Neighborhood Enforcement Team.

Colleen was promoted to Lieutenant in March 2003.  As a Watch Commander, for many years Lieutenant McMahon focused problem solving activities on the West and Beach beat areas.

Throughout her career, Lieutenant McMahon enjoyed many opportunities.  She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, ATV riding instructor, and Dive Team Commander.  Her community involvement includes her work in the department’s PRIDE Program, Teen Public Safety Academy, a Board Member for the Fallen Officer’s Foundation, and spearheading Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run throughout the county.

Lieutenant McMahon also enjoyed some “firsts”, such as; first female motorcycle Officer, first School Resource Officer.

With her passion for motorcycles and running, it is only fitting to borrow a phrase from Neil Young, and say, “Long May You Run” Colleen, “Long May You Run”.   Job Well Done!

We will leave you with a link to the song and the thought of you riding off on your motorcycle.