Casey J. Hehr is the Director of the Security Services Division of the Commercial Operations Bureau at the Port of Long Beach, California, named to the post in 2018 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, governing body for the Port. He reports to the Bureau’s Managing Director. Mr. Hehr came to the Port as Assistant Director in November 2016, following his retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard after 22 years of service.
The Security Division’s mission for the nation’s second-busiest seaport is to reduce security risks for the Port and its critical assets including people, the environment and property through a highly trained workforce supported by innovative technologies. The goal is a safe and resilient Port for stakeholders, both public and private, within and outside the Port.
As Director of Security, Mr. Hehr administers a staff of over 100 personnel and the division’s budget of more than $40 million. He leads the division’s Joint Command and Control Center and external engagement, emergency management, grants and administration sections. He also provides liaison with more than 80 public safety and security partners throughout the region, including the Long Beach Police Department, the Port of Los Angeles, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Marine Exchange and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Before coming to the Port, Mr. Hehr served the Long Beach/Los Angeles maritime community as the Chief of Operations and Response for the U.S. Coast Guard, leading port security operations, law enforcement, search and rescue, and pollution response. His area of responsibility included more than 350 miles of California coastline, ocean waters out to 200 miles offshore, and the nation’s largest port complex. He also served as the Executive Officer of Maritime Safety and Security Team Los Angeles/Long Beach, leading an elite, multi-mission team capable of advanced, waterside critical infrastructure security, offshore vessel interdiction, and explosive detection using both dive teams and canine units.
Before coming to Southern California, Mr. Hehr was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Homeland Security in Washington, where he provided immediate support to Secretaries Ridge and Chertoff for Homeland Defense and Maritime Security Policy and Operations. While assigned to the Secretary’s office, he was a member of the White House National Security Council’s Maritime Security team that developed the United States’ first National Strategy for Maritime Security signed by the President.
Mr. Hehr is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a bachelor of science degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering and his commission as an officer. He also earned a master of business administration degree from Boston College’s Carroll School of Business.
Away from work, he is an avid fly fisherman, and Casey and Tara Kelly Hehr and their two sons, Coburn and Cole, make their home in Long Beach.