John McPartland
BART Board Director - District #5

Alameda County native John McPartland was elected in 2008 to represent District #5, which includes the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, Castro Valley, Hayward (partial).

Before joining the Board, McPartland was a BART Safety Specialist for six years where he served as a liaison to, and facilitated disaster response training for, public safety agencies throughout the BART service area. He also planned and conducted disaster training exercises between BART Emergency Operations Center staff and state, county and local municipalities.

McPartland came to BART with a strong background in emergency management and leadership. He retired from the Oakland Fire Department after 25 years as a Chief Officer where he was responsible for the mitigation of emergencies of every kind throughout the city. Additionally, he served as the Emergency Medical Services Manager and was a member of the Federal Urban Search and Rescue Task Force. McPartland is also an accomplished instructor of command and emergency operations courses and uses his expertise to teach at community colleges and serve on their advisory boards.

Prior to his career in the fire service, McPartland served in the armed forces for more than seven years, left active duty after his second Viet Nam tour and entered the Reserves. He continued to serve in a multitude of command and staff assignments, was mobilized to active duty several times-including Desert Storm, and retired after 36 years of service as a Colonel. His decorations are numerous and include, in part, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

McPartland has been an active community supporter for his entire adult life. Most notable among these include being a member of the Alameda County Emergency Managers Association, a national Disaster Medical Assistance Team, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Dive Unit, the Castro Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9601.

McPartland holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s, Moraga, a M.P.A. from Cal State East Bay, is a “Command and General Staff College” graduate from the U.S. Army and holds a number of technical degrees in management and emergency operations.

In his personal time McPartland dives, fishes, hunts and skis. He says, “I’m attempting to be a Type B Personality; with little success!”


Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team CA-6
(Deployments include Hurricane Katrina, CA Wildfires, etc)
Alameda County Emergency Managers Association
Alameda County Sheriff's Volunteer Dive Unit
Castro Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9601
"East Bay Stand Down" for Homeless Veterans (Biannual)
"Wheelchair Regatta" for Disabled Vets (Annual)
Castro Valley Chamber of Commerce
Chabot College Advisory Board (Fire tech)
Las Positas College Advisory Board (Fire Tech)



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