Biography – Louis J. Scanlon
Lou was born and raised in Massachusetts. After graduating from Boston College, he reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, where he was commissioned and underwent flight training. After receiving his wings, he reported to VF 103 where he flew the F4 Phantom from the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga. He was discharged in San Diego in 1972, and remained in the Naval Reserve, retiring at the rank of Commander. He is a Cold War and Vietnam Era veteran.
After leaving active duty, he joined the San Diego Police Department. He rose through the ranks to Assistant Chief, where he oversaw Operations, which included all uniformed officers, detectives and support personnel assigned to the 9 police area stations. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police at Harvard University and the US Secret Service Dignitary Protection training program. He retired from the San Diego Police Department in 2007 and two weeks later, was selected to head the Coronado Police Department. He served as their Chief until retirement in 2013, culminating a Law Enforcement Career of over 38 years.
He has been very active civically, and served on the Board of Directors of: The Downtown Breakfast Rotary, The Childrens Museum, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Combined Health Appeals Drive, The Nice Guys, The San Diego County Police Chiefs and Sheriff’s Association and The National Conference of Christians and Jews.
In January of this 2016, he was elected president of the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.