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Police Chief Mike Hamel and City of Irvine Employees Honored for Years of Service

Monday, October 26, 2020

The Irvine City Council recognized six employees for 25, 30, and 35 years of dedicated service to the City. City of Irvine employees work to keep the community safe, reduce Irvine’s carbon footprint, keep traffic flowing, and support events and activities for residents and visitors.   

Irvine Police Chief Mike HamelPolice Chief Mike Hamel, Irvine Police Department 
25 Years of Service

Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel is a 27-year law enforcement veteran who has been with the Irvine Police Department since 1995. He is the first Irvine Police Chief to rise through the ranks from police officer to Chief.

Chief Hamel began his law enforcement career in 1993 with the Los Angeles Police Department, where he was the Honor Graduate of the Police Academy. In 1995, he transferred to IPD, where he has worked in various assignments throughout the Department, including Field Training Officer, SWAT Officer, Crimes Against Persons Detective, Detective Sergeant, Detective Lieutenant, Personnel and Training Lieutenant, Area Commander and Deputy Police Chief.

Chief Hamel is the past president of the Orange County Chiefs’ of Police and Sheriffs Association.  He is also the governing board chair for Waymakers, a non-profit victim service organization, a commissioner for the Orange County Human Relations Commission, and a past board member for Team Kids. He also serves on a State School and Community Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Advisory Council for the Irvine Public Schools Foundation. In 2017, Chief Hamel implemented the first of its kind Chinese Community Emergency Response Team training, taught entirely in Mandarin. 

Chief Hamel has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work in victim advocacy programs, including the Ambassador of Peace Award from the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County, the Victim Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award from Crime Survivors, the Outstanding Victim Service Provider from Waymakers, the Team Kids Promise Award, and the Outstanding Supporter of Prevention Award from the Irvine Prevention Coalition.

Pamela DuehrPamela Duehr, Community Services
25 Years of Service

Pamela Duehr has made significant contributions since joining the City in 1995. She has served as an office assistant, community services leader, community services specialist, program coordinator, and facilities reservation coordinator. She played a critical role in implementing CivicRec, the City’s recreation software system. She has also worked on the City’s Irvine Global Village Festival since its first year in 1998. She has served as the staff liaison to the entertainment sub-committee, and has worked with hundreds of community groups to bring their artistic talent to the stage year after year. 

Mike ByrneMike Byrne, Public Works and Transportation
25 Years of Service

Mike has made significant contributions since joining the City in 1995. He has served as an administrative aide, management analyst, and senior management analyst for the Community Development, Community Services, and Public Works and Transportation departments. In his current role as a senior management analyst, Mike oversees the City’s solid waste recycling programs. He has worked on numerous projects including solid waste franchise agreements, county landfill agreements, and helping secure various grants for the City. He has played a critical role in Irvine getting the “Sustainable Government of the Year Award” in 2017 for the Zero Waste program at the Irvine Global Village Festival.

Peter AndersonPeter Anderson, Public Works and Transportation
30 Years of Service

Peter Anderson joined the City in 1990 as a senior transportation analyst and engineer in the Community Development Department’s advance planning and development review division. As a Senior Transportation Analyst in the Public Works and Transportation Department, he has maintained the City’s traffic model for the last 30 years, and has extensive knowledge of Irvine’s development projects, traffic modeling, and trip generation.

Alex MendozaOfficer Alex Mendoza, Irvine Police Department 
30 years of Service

Alex Mendoza has made significant contributions since joining the City in 1990. He has served as public safety assistant, senior public safety assistant, custody technician, and police officer in the Irvine Police Department. He currently teaches the D.A.R.E. curriculum at seven IUSD schools and one private school. He is the recipient of the Medal of Valor from the Irvine Police Department and the Medal of Bravery from the American Police Hall of Fame.

Nick TeagueNick Teague, Public Works and Transportation
35 Years of Service

Nick Teague, a Certified International Municipal Signal Association Traffic Control Specialist, joined the City in 1985 and has worked as a maintenance technician, street maintenance technician, and lead street maintenance technician for the Public Works and Transportation Department. He directs and oversees installation and repair of traffic control devices, such as pavement markings and signs, as well as reads and interprets traffic plans and exhibits and also sets safety devices, signs, and barricades for work area traffic control and special events.


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