Shawn Welch

Shawn Welch holds the position of Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association President and Emergency Services Division. He has been with the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff since December of 2003 and has been on the Board of Director’s for the CCC DSA since 2012. Welch was appointed to the position of Vice President in 2014 and then President and Director at Large for PORAC in January of 2015. During his time at the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, Welch has worked and been assigned to the following positions; Martinez Detention Facility, City of Orinda, Bay Station, North Richmond Resident Deputy, Specialized Patrol Unit/J-Team, and Investigation.

Damon Kurtz

Damon is a current police officer with the Fresno Police Department. He began his career in law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff with the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department in 1994. He lateraled to the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department in 1998 before coming to the Fresno Police Department in 2004. Damon worked 14 years as a patrol officer as well as several various assignments and extra duties such as Field Training Officer, Domestic Violence Detective, Bicycle Patrol, Mounted Patrol, and Dive Team.

Damon was first elected as a Trustee to the PORAC Insurance and Benefits Trust, representing Region II in 2013. In 2015 he was selected to represent the Trust as its Chairman. In 2018, Damon was elected as the Vice president of PORAC.

Prior to his election to PORAC Vice President Damon served for 10 years on the Fresno Police Officers’ Association Executive Board. 2 years as President, 4 years as its First Vice President, and 4 years as a Business Representative. Damon is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served 4 years before starting his career in law enforcement.

Randy Beintema

Randy Beintema is retired from the San Joaquin County Sheriff Office.  He began his law enforcement career in 1973 when he joined the U.S. Army and was a Military Police Officer.  He was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado where he served as part of the 984th MP Company as a police officer and K9 patrol/narcotics detection handler until November of 1974.  In 1974 he was transferred to Safeguard Command with a Top-Secret clearance where he severed as part of the nuclear warhead protection company.  After being discharged he returned home to attend college.

In 1978 he was hired by Alameda County Sheriff Office and attended the academy at the Santa Rita Academy.  After graduating, Randy was assigned to Custody Division where he worked in the Greystone Facility and compound.  In 1980 he lateraled to San Joaquin County Sheriff Office where he served until the end of his career in 2008.  During his time with the San Joaquin County Sheriff he worked in the Custody Division, Court Services and Patrol Division.  He was a CTO in Custody, an FTO in Operations Division, hostage negotiator, peer support member and worked Patrol, Community Car Program and Boat Patrol.  He served as one of the FTO Sergeants, Swing Shift Patrol Sergeant, Area Commander and Administrative Lieutenant.  At the time of his retirement Randy was Captain of Operations Division.

He has attended the PORAC Annual Conference of Members since 1984 when he was elected to the San Joaquin DSA as a board member.  He served in the DSA as a board member, PAC director, Vice President and President until his promotion to Sergeant in 2002.  He has served on the PORAC Board of Directors under 6 Presidents and is currently one of the Region II Executive Committee Board members.  He has served as the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee since 1986, and currently sits on the Budget Committee, Credentials and now as PORAC Secretary, chairs the Bylaws Committee.   Randy was awarded the Len Delaney Award in 1998, as well as in 2001 for his performance as a PORAC Director.   He also serves as the Treasurer for PORAC Valley Chapter.

Randy is married to his wife Stacy and has two grown children Nick and Madie.  He finds sitting on the Board of Directors of PORAC an honor to his own association, Valley Chapter and Region II.

Brian Marvel

Brian Marvel is a Police Officer III with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD). After joining in 1999, he served ten years in patrol operations at several divisions. He worked in several specialized assignments that included the Bravo Team (demonstration control unit), the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT), and eight years as a Terrorism Liaison Officer. His last assignment was in the Wellness Unit and as the Military Liaison officer for the department. He is a veteran and an adjunct professor at the San Diego Regional Police Academy.

Brian’s first elected PORAC position, in 2015, was President of the San Diego-Imperial Counties chapter of PORAC, covering federal, state, and local associations from the Pacific ocean to Arizona along the California-Mexican border.

In 2017, Brian was overwhelmingly elected President of PORAC. He also serves on the Governor’s Medal of Valor Review Board. Brian is the fourth PORAC President from the SDPOA.

Prior to his election as PORAC President, Brian was elected in 2009 to the first of five two-year terms as President of the San Diego Police Officers Association (SDPOA), representing 1,850 plus members. He was the longest-serving President in the 108-year history of the SDPOA. He was originally elected to the board in 2007 as a director.

Brian is the Past-President of Californians Against Slavery, which spearheaded the passage of Prop 35 (2012), the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act, which was the most successful ballot initiative since California began the process in 1914.


Marcelo Blanco

Marcelo Blanco is a Captain with the Upland Police Department and is in charge of the Support Services Division. Marcelo has spent the last 27 years of his career with the City of Upland. He began his career in Law Enforcement as a high school volunteer through a ROP (Regional Occupational Program) class working in Crime Prevention. Upon graduating high school, he was hired part-time by the Department as a Cadet. Several years later, he was hired full time as a dispatcher and later became the first civilian Crime Prevention Officer. Shortly thereafter, he attended the San Bernardino Valley College Extended Law Enforcement Academy and upon graduation hired as a Police Officer. He was assigned to the patrol division, later became an Explorer Advisor, D.A.R.E./S.R.O Officer, and a Terrorism Liaison Officer assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was promoted to Detective, where he investigated commercial thefts, missing persons, auto theft, child and elder abuse, sexual assaults and homicide. He was promoted to Sergeant where he worked within the patrol division; some of his collateral duties include; Explorer Coordinator, Mobile Field Force Team Leader, Bicycle Patrol Team Leader, Force Options Simulator Coordinator, and Terrorism Liaison Officer Coordinator.  From field supervisor, he was promoted to Lieutenant where he was assigned as a patrol watch commander and eventually as the Administrative Services Commander.  Currently, he is a Captain in the Support Services Division of the Department.  He is responsible for Investigations, Records, CSI, Animal Control, the building, and the Agency’s budget.

Marcelo began representing his fellow officers shortly after getting hired as an officer.  He began as an active member of the Upland Police Officers’ Association Political Action Committee. He rose through the ranks of the Upland Police Officers’ Association, culminating with 5 years as their president. Marcelo was first elected to be president of the Inland Chapter of PORAC and the PORAC Board of Directors representing the Inland Chapter in November of 2007.  In November of 2009, he was elected Treasurer of PORAC. As Treasurer he is responsible for PORAC’s fiscal wellbeing, budget and reserves; in addition, he chairs the Budget and Fiscal Management Committees. Marcelo has had the opportunity to put to good use the accounting classes he completed while in Community College in earning his Business Administration Certificate.

Marcelo has a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management an Associate’s degree in Liberal Studies with a certificate in Business Administration through Chaffey College. He possesses a Designated Subject Vocational Education Teaching Credential through the State of California and spends his spare time teaching Law Enforcement basics to Fontana Unified School District Students at Kaiser High School. Besides Law Enforcement and representing Police Officers throughout the State, Marcelo has a passion for educating the future of Law Enforcement. When he has spare time, you can find Marcelo with his prized possession in hand, his digital camera.  Marcelo is an avid photographer of scenery.