Community Reception for Former Mayor Pro Tem, Police Chief and City Attorney
The City of Marina invites all community members to join us for a special community reception. Join us and meet your new Police Chief and City Attorney. We will also recognize former Mayor Pro Tem Medina Dirkesen for her work on the City Council. This reception will be held in Council Chambers on Tuesday, February 6, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, and swearing in for Chief Hopkins will be at 6:30 pm at the Marina City Council Meeting. Light refreshments will be served.
Former Mayor Pro Tem Cristina Medina Dirksen
A native of San Francisco, Cristina has made her home in Monterey County for 27 years arriving in 1997 to work as a journalist during the epic storms that threatened to cut off the Peninsula from the Salinas Valley. The storms subsided, but Cristina didn’t!
Cristina came to the area to work for the Salinas Californian covering law enforcement, government and more. She later went to work for the Monterey Herald, working more than 10 years covering all aspects of Monterey County, including Marina. It was through her work that she came to know and love Monterey County and despite not having any family in the area, decided to make it her home along with her husband and biggest supporter Doug.
Chief of Police Randy Hopkins
Chief Randy Hopkins, the newly appointed Chief of Police for the Marina Police Department, brings over 23 years of distinguished service and leadership in law enforcement. His distinguished career, rooted in Kansas City, Missouri, has seen him rise through the ranks of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and further excel as the Chief of Public Safety at Rockhurst University.
“The dedicated men and women of the Marina Police Department are performing exceptionally well, and I am honored and committed to building upon the leadership that Chief Russo has provided,” said Hopkins. “I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to become acquainted with the community and collaborating closely with the officers and staff of the department. Together, we will persevere in our shared mission to ensure the safety of our community, all while delivering an exceptional standard of service.”
Chief Hopkins holds an Executive MBA and a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Administration. His academic achievements are augmented by elite certifications from the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, the US Army Command and General Staff College, and the Naval Postgraduate School-Center for Homeland Defense and Security, reflecting his dedication to continuous professional growth.
City Attorney Rene A. Ortega
The City of Marina is pleased to announce their partnership with the law firm of Shute Mihaly & Weinberger, with René Alejandro Ortega acting as the City Attorney. Ortega joined Shute Mihaly & Weinberger as a partner in 2022.
Among some of his career highlights, Ortega Served as Chief Deputy City Attorney for City of San José advising the Housing, Planning (Historic Preservation), Parks, Public Works (Labor Compliance), Environmental Services, Real Estate/Economic Development, Airport (SJC), Police, and Transportation Departments; served as Planning Commissioner for the City of Redwood City; was a former land use counsel for a Northeast Ivy League educational institution; was a former environmental counsel for various regulated entities, was has appellate litigation experience in state and federal courts.
Ortega earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and his law degree from Boston College Law School. He was named a Connecticut Super Lawyer in Environmental, Land Use/Zoning, and Appellate Law.
Ortega assumed the role on January 16, 2024.