Monthly Archives: October 2023

Paul Gothold

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Classification Pending

Paul Gothold recently retired his appointment of San Diego County Superintendent of Schools after serving six years in that role, providing educational leadership while administering mandated services, and thirty two years in education overall. His first teaching position was educating adjudicated youth in East Los Angeles where he started to realize that young people who have made bad choices in life can still turn things around, learn from their mistakes, achieve higher education and live safe and happy lives.

Paul has spent his career focused on this historically underserved youth population, with a passion for creating better outcomes for these communities. Outside of work, he has served many Lynwood, CA Rotary Clubs by volunteering for community-based sports leagues for underserved youth, and has contributed to a national college resource foundation for students of color.

Although Paul has retired as superintendent, he says he is still going to do whatever it takes to make these kids get what they need and deserve, just in a different capacity. He and his wife have two daughters enrolled in our public schools.


Paul thanks his sponsors Michael Brunker, Ed Abeyta and Mary Walshok.


David Bejarano

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Retired – Law Enforcement

David Bejarano was an honorary member of San Diego Rotary Club from 1999-2009 when he transferred his membership to the Chula Vista Rotary Club.

David was in law enforcement for over 35 years; 25 years with the San Diego Police Department, five of which he served as Chief of Police. After retiring the first time he, a week later, was appointed by then President Bush to be the US Marshall for the Southern District of California. After several years of US Marshal service, David retired again, only to soon become Chief of Police for Chula Vista for the following 8 years. He now does corporate security consulting.

Chief Bejarano has earned many well-deserved accolades including being recognized with both the Peacemaker and Diogenes Awards for demonstrating integrity and candor with the public and news media. In 2012 he became the Police Executive of the Year by the California Association of Tactical Officers, and was also listed as one of the nations “100 Most Influential Hispanics.”

David thanks his sponsors Michael Brunker, Bill Gore and Ray Uzeta.