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Chief Maggard Welcomes Three New Officers


Braden Marks, Trent Chandler and Rebecca Steen were sworn in by Chief Maggard in the Conference and Training Center. Friends, family and Department members were joined by several of their academy classmates and the entire academy training staff for the ceremony.  The three officers graduated from the 199th Orange County Sheriff’s Basic Academy the previous evening during a ceremony held at the academy. Lieutenant Allan, Sergeant Egan and Officer Casas were present to congratulate them at that event. 


Officer Chandler is a recent graduate of California State University, Fullerton where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. In college, he was active in student activities, including charity work.  As a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, he organized numerous PUSH America fundraising events.  PUSH America serves to increase awareness, and provide resources for the disabled.  Prior to the academy, Officer Chandler worked in retail sales and for the Disneyland Resort. 


Officer Marks is a recent graduate of California State University, Chico where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.  Officer Marks is also active in charity work through his church, working with youth, and serving on several mission trips to Mexico where he assisted with home building for needy families. Prior to the academy, Officer Marks worked in the grocery business and as a pool technician.


Officer Steen received her Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Biology with a minor in Psychology from University of California, Davis in 2008. She was a member of the National Charity League from 1999 through 2003, where she tutored reading skills and worked with disabled youth.  Her peers in the academy selected her to be the Alpha Squad Leader during their graduation ceremony, an honorary position expressing their confidence in her as a leader.


The new officers will attend an orientation process next week prior to entering the Field Training Program.  Several friends and family members attended a special orientation after the ceremony presented by Lieutenant Tom Allan and Program Specialist Jade Mazzio.  The orientation is designed to both welcome and to provide resources to the family and friends of our newest officers as well as to explain what challenges are ahead for their officer in the Field Training Program and beyond.