The San Diego Convention Center Corporation has announced that Todd Temple, a decorated special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has been selected to lead its security team.
Temple will start with the Convention Center as the Director of Public Safety and Guest Services on 2 April. He is replacing Josh Layne, who is leaving his role after 12 years of service.
Temple is a 22-year FBI veteran, serving as the current Crisis Management and Special Event Coordinator of the FBI’s San Diego Field Office. During his FBI career, he served as a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) of the San Diego Division’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Division’s Critical Incident Response Team.
Temple managed the division’s crisis response programs, which includes Command Post Operations, Special Agent Bomb Technicians, Special Events and the Evidence Response Team. Within Special Events, he was responsible for FBI resources and response capability for large-scale special events in the City of San Diego, including Comic-Con International, the 2016 MLB All-Star Game, 2017 Breeder’s Cup, Rock n Roll Marathon, Big Bay Boom, San Diego County Fair and the Miramar Air Show.
Prior to his role in the FBI, Temple worked for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for six years. Speaking on his appointment, he commented: "I am truly looking forward to joining the team and working for a world-class convention center. I am excited and feel blessed for the opportunity to join such a highly recognised and respected organisation in San Diego."