Marla Kingkade has worked within the law enforcement and mental health communities for 35 years. Ms. Kingkade developed several programs involving mental health for law enforcement jurisdictions, including juvenile diversion programs for the El Cajon Police Department, the La Mesa Police Department, and the San Diego Police Department. In 1996, Ms. Kingkade implemented the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) for the San Diego Police Department. Two years later, she incorporated PERT as a 501(c)(3) organization and the PERT program became countywide, involving several law enforcement jurisdictions, including the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Police Department, and eleven additional law enforcement agencies. In addition to her work with PERT, Ms. Kingkade was the Public Relations and Community Outreach Officer for the La Mesa Police Department.
Ms. Kingkade currently works for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. She is responsible for the development and facilitation of de-escalation and crisis management trainings for San Diego County law enforcement. In addition to her work with the District Attorney’s Office, she facilitates the Meth Strike Force and the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force.
Ms. Kingkade is the President of the California Crisis Intervention Training Association and a past member of the Board of Directors for Survivors of Suicide Loss.
“I really want to express my appreciation for this work that’s been done in a collaborative way in which the study was put together. . . . I’ve seen a number of studies start in the fire department and this is the first one I can remember that has actually been fully completed and brought to the council, and it was done in a very thorough fashion. This is the best assemblage of comprehensive information about the fire department today, as well as what our needs might be in the future, that I have seen. So thanks to everyone. Thank you, Stewart, for giving us our money’s worth on our consultant contract with you.”
City Manager City of San Luis Obispo
“I am really, really impressed. I am impressed at the exhaustiveness of your study, impressed at the honesty and candor with which you expressed your findings; I am very impressed at the constructive tone of it, and that you came in under budget as well. So, thank you very much. I think that this document is going to be a cornerstone for us really moving forward for the next five, ten, twenty [years], half a century.”
Salt Lake City Council Meeting
“I wanted to offer my compliments to Citygate, to Mr. Gary for this very comprehensive report.”
San Luis Obispo Council Member
“I really, really enjoyed reading your Word product. I appreciate the fact that it was direct, it was constructive, and . . . it wasn’t finger-pointing, it was just . . . the facts. And I think that the money was well spent.”
Salt Lake City Council Meeting
“Thank you very much for a comprehensive report. Thank you.”
“I was absolutely thrilled with the report because it was very comprehensive, very detailed. I call it the ‘time-in-motion study’ almost and some of the aspects [are] ‘how does your paper flow? How can you make your processes better? . . . As a government agency, how can we provide better service to the constituents?’ And to us we think that this study identifies those things down to all of the small paper processes and flows.”
Retired City Manager City of Vista, CA
“Thank you so much for this training. This was the best PIO training I’ve ever received.”
S-403 Information Officer class participant
“Thank you so much for all you have done. And it’s so comprehensive, I know it’s going to take a while for us to digest it all, but I think you’ve come up with some really good recommendations.”
Pro Tempore City of Vista, CA
“I think Citygate has done a great job. It seems like you’ve been most thorough and even-handed in your evaluations and you’ve given us certainly a lot of suggestions and guidelines to work with.”
City of Vista, CA
“I think this is one of the most comprehensive reports and I think probably one of the best presented reports I’ve seen in my years in government service. I want to start off by commending you for that and acknowledge that the work that you were able to do with cooperation from all of the different firefighting agencies in this region was second-to-none.”
Supervisor First District San Diego County