Del Mar, Solana Beach welcome new Sheriff’s captain

There’s a new captain in charge at the San Diego County Sheriff’s North Coastal Station.

As the new captain, John Maryon oversees law enforcement in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and unincorporated county areas such as Rancho Santa Fe.

“Welcome, we look forward to working with you,” said Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner, when Maryon was introduced to the council during the Oct. 28 council meeting.

“We’re happy to have him on board,” said Del Mar City Manager Scott Huth during the Nov. 2 meeting.

Having worked in law enforcement for nearly 23 years, Maryon previously served as the Sheriff’s Department homicide lieutenant.

A La Costa resident, Maryon said he knows the communities well, since earlier in his career he came to the Encinitas station, now called the North Coastal Station, as a new patrol deputy in 1996. In 1999, he was appointed special purpose deputy for the city of Solana Beach, and in 2002, he was assigned to street narcotics and gang detail at the Encinitas station. Maryon was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2005.

Maryon joined the department’s internal affairs unit a year later. In 2011, he was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to the Vista station. Under the department’s Special Investigations Unit, he later supervised the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area team, and eventually, the North County Regional Gang Task Force, prior to working in homicide.

“I’m excited to serve the citizens,” Maryon said. “I just want to make their communities safe and get a good relationship going with them.”

Maryon replaces Theresa Adams-Hydar, who will be handling internal operations within the Sheriff’s Department.

Adams-Hydar said she was promotionally transferred to the department’s Special Investigations Division, which consists of multiple teams that are responsible for the investigation of criminal enterprises relating to gangs, narcotics, organized crime, terrorism and the apprehension of fugitives, according to the department website. As a specialized captain, she oversees the division’s units all over the county.

“I’m excited, but I was really disappointed to leave the North Coastal Station because I had a lot of irons in the fire. We were doing a lot of good stuff,” Adams-Hydar said. “I really enjoyed working with my community partners. Del Mar and Solana Beach were wonderful.”

Maryon said he looks forward to continuing the progress Adams-Hydar made to improve law enforcement services for the North Coastal communities. He emphasized the importance of community-based policing, where deputies walk the beat and get to know the public.

“The biggest issue law enforcement has now is just educating people on what we do,” Maryon said. “Getting out there, communicating with people and educating people on what we do, I think, will take us a long way.”