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Bill Maheu


Affiliation:
Senior Director of Strategic Development, Qualcomm and former Executive Assistant Chief of Police at San Diego Police Department

Bill Maheu graduated from the University of San Diego in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  Additionally, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.  He was a member of the San Diego Police Department for 28 years.  During his tenure with the department Bill had many assignments including Commanding Officer of multiple commands and Executive Lieutenant of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team.  He also directed several major projects including the 2003 Super Bowl, the 1996 Republican National Convention, the 1996 Presidential Debate, the development of the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team, and the development of the Homeless Outreach Team.  Bill rose to the rank of Executive Assistant chief of Police during which time his responsibilities included the department’s day-to-day operations, its 400 million dollar budget, the Professional Standards Section, Intelligence Section, Interoperable Communication and Information Technologies.

Bill retired from the department in January 2008 to join Qualcomm’s Government Technologies team.  In his new position Bill is on the Senior Management Team and is responsible for working with government partners in bridging the gaps between commercial wireless technologies and government missions.  In this role, Bill’s objective is to pioneer efforts in cellular standards and microelectronics design, broadband data, encryption and value-added end-user applications to enhance the government’s wireless capabilities.pioneering efforts in cellular standards and microelectronics design, broadband data, encryption and value-added end-user applications for cell phones.pioneering efforts in cellular standards and microelectronics design, broadband data, encryption and value-added end-user applications for cell phones.

Bill and his wife, Jane, have been married for 30 years and live in San Diego, California.  

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