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Matthew McElhenie

Position: General Manager
Term: April 20, 2023 and shall remain in effect for an indefinite term
Mailing Address:
PO Box 65 Cambria, CA 93428

Matthew McElhenie was born in Fresno, CA. He moved to San Luis Obispo County in 1997 to attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He started his public service career with San Luis Ambulance in San Luis Obispo, California. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Matthew was accepted and graduated from Cuesta College’s first paramedic program earning an A.S. in Paramedicine. Shortly after finishing paramedic school in 2007, Matthew worked part-time for Cambria Ambulance, where he worked for over 13 years. In 2008 Matthew accepted his first assignment as a Firefighter/Paramedic with Selma Fire Department in Selma, CA. After working for two years, Matthew accepted a position with the Department of Defense as an Engineer/Paramedic, which he served for five years. After those five years, Matthew moved to the State of California as an Engineer/Paramedic with Cal Fire until he joined Hartnell College as Emergency Medical Services and Health Sciences faculty in 2017.  Matthew has helped several community colleges throughout the state manage and navigate instruction throughout the pre and post-Covid 19 pandemic. Matthew has completed his Doctor of Public Administration from California Baptist University in Riverside, CA, his M.S. in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, and a B.S. in Kinesiology for California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, CA. Matthew has served as a Paramedic Field Training Officer, Quality Improvement Officer, and EMS Coordinator throughout his career. Matthew has been a leader in each of his organizations while championing grant funding, change, and collaboration. Matthew is well respected among his peers and looks forward to supporting the community of Cambria. 

M, McElhenie's Employment AgreementOath of OfficeFPPC Form 700Anti-Harassment Training CertificateEthics AB 1234 Compliance Training Certificate2023 General Manager Leadership Summit Certificate2023 Emergency Preparedness Summit Certificate2024 Annual Employment Law Update Certificate2024 Special District Leadership Academy CertificateA Legislative, Legal and Local Response to PFAS 2021 CertificateAvoiding Common Mishaps-The Reasonable Accommodation Process CertificateConnecting to Enhance Performance Management CertificateDiversity and Inclusion: Why It Matters for Leaders CertificateEffective Management of People in a Hybrid Workplace CertificateElevating Excellence: Effective Community Engagement CertificateFraud Detection and Prevention for Special Districts CertificateGender Identity and Expression in the Workplace CertificateGrant Funding 101 for Special Districts CertificateGrant Funding 201 for Special Districts CertificateGrassroots Advocacy and Public Outreach CertificateHow and Why Involvment in LAFCO Matters for Special District CertificateHow to Build a Better Multi-Year Strategic Plan CertificateIntro to Special District Finances for Board Members CertificateLearn ADA Compliance and Transparency Without Falling Asleep CertificateMaximizing Employee Potential Through Coaching CertificateNavigating Prop 218 Rates and Fees CertificatePrevailing Wage Update 2024 CertificatePrudently and Proactively Managing Pension Liabilities CertificateRevenue Enhancements for Special District CertificateSave the Drama: Managing Challenging Employee Situations CertificateSFT Ethical Leadership for Instructors CertificateThe Critical Nature of Communications in the Public Agency CertificateTools for Workplace Violence De-escalation CertificateUnderstanding Implicit Bias Through Cultural Intelligence CertificateWinning Federal Grants Certificate
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