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The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS) Director of Transit Enforcement Manuel Guaderrama will retire Aug. 28, the agency announced earlier this week.
Under Guaderrama’s leadership over the past five years, SDMTS implemented a security staffing plan that offers greater officer presence on the light-rail system, developed a task force with local police departments, implemented de-escalation training, supplied body cameras for security officers and maintained a fare evasion rate of 3 percent, SDMTS officials said in a press release.
The agency has begun a national search for his successor.
“We've made recent progress to begin redefining our approach to security, but we are only at the beginning,” said SDMTS Chair Nathan Fletcher. “This change is an opportunity to embrace a fresh approach with new leadership."