Captain Mike Simko’s career began in 1984 as a Reserve Orange County Deputy Sheriff where he worked in the Search and Rescue and Harbor Patrol units.
He became a Fountain Valley Police Officer in 1988, working a variety of assignments including Patrol, Field Training Officer, Gang and Crimes Against Persons Detective, Hostage Negotiator and Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team member.
In 2000, Mike promoted to Sergeant, working in Patrol, the Traffic Bureau and S.W.A.T.
In 2005, he promoted to Lieutenant, serving as a Patrol Watch Commander, Traffic Bureau Lieutenant and Detective Bureau Lieutenant. He was a founding member of West County S.W.A.T., a regional team serving the cities of Cypress, Los Alamitos, Westminster, Seal Beach and Fountain Valley. He assisted in developing S.W.A.T. protocol, policies and procedures, and served as a S.W.A.T Commander for seven years.
In 2012, Mike promoted to Captain where he serves as the Support Services Commander. His responsibilities include Dispatch, Records Bureau, Property and Evidence, Crime Prevention, Personnel and Training, Detective Bureau, Crime Scene Investigations, Crime Analyst, Professional Standards and Budget.
As a Captain, Mike led the selection and implementation of a new public safety computer system. This computer system operates the Dispatch Center, Mobile Data Computers, Records Bureau, Detective Case Management, Traffic and Crime Analysis, Property and Evidence and Personnel and Training. Mike also oversaw the purchase and implementation of the electronic traffic and parking citation systems.
Mike’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Research Psychology and Master’s degree in Public Administration. He earned both degrees at California State University at Long Beach, California. He completed the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations course, later becoming an instructor. He teaches the Leadership Issues and Challenges session of the Leadership Development Course for the California Police Officer’s Association.
Mike volunteered for many years as a Special Olympics Orange County Leadership Council Member. He also volunteered for many years with the California Association of Tactical Officers as the Speaker Coordinator and Conference Chair for their annual conference.
Mike currently volunteers as a Boy Scout Assistant Scoutmaster and previously held positions as a Cub Scout Den Leader and Cub Scout Pack Committee member.