RSCCD Welcomes David Waters as Chief of District Safety & Security

ChiefDavidWaters.jpeg​The Board of Trustees of the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) officially approved the appointment of David Waters from Interim Chief to the permanent Chief of District Safety & Security at their regularly scheduled meeting on February 26, 2024.

Having served as the Acting Chief since August 1, 2023, Waters seamlessly transitions into his new role, bringing a wealth of experience and a steadfast commitment to ensuring the safety and security of RSCCD.

Waters' journey within the District begins in April of 2021, where he initially served as a District Security Officer (Reserve) before being promoted to Lieutenant at Santa Ana College in October of 2021. His exemplary leadership and dedication to fostering collaborative relationships are instrumental in enhancing safety measures across our campuses.

Beyond his role within the District, Waters brings over 35 years of leadership experience from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, where he spent over nine years serving as the Commander/Assistant Chief. He also brings a proven track record of elevating campus safety measures, specialized higher education degrees, and extensive experience working in multi-level administrations.

Reflecting on his appointment, Waters shares, "I have enjoyed my time at the District, and I look forward to working with our community to keep our campuses safe and desirable places to access educational opportunities."

As Chief, Waters will continue to prioritize the development of community-based policing principles, reinforce relationships with staff and administration, and uphold the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the District's safety and security initiatives.

Chancellor Marvin Martinez commends Waters' appointment, stating, "Chief Waters brings a wealth of experience to the position, coupled with a deep-seated commitment to fostering a culture of safety, inclusivity, and collaboration. His vision for the future of district safety is characterized by innovation, proactive measures, and a genuine concern for the welfare of all members of our community."

Waters' commitment to safety extends beyond professional endeavors. Married to his wife Susan, he has six adult children and four grandchildren, giving him a deeply rooted understanding of the importance of safe and nurturing environments for families and communities. Currently residing in Orange County with his wife, Waters remains dedicated to enhancing safety measures for the benefit of all.

RSCCD extends its warmest congratulations to Chief Waters on his appointment and looks forward to his continued leadership in enhancing safety measures and promoting a culture of excellence across the District.​

Contact: Alexis Rios

Phone: 714-480-7406