Mr. Jack Conklin '80 » Biography


A product of a twelve-year Catholic school education (four of which were spent here at Mater Dei), Jack spent 33 years serving Orange County as a law enforcement professional.  His experience as a School Resource Officer and Field Training Officer provided him with the opportunity to positively influence young, impressionable people and model behavior rooted in integrity, compassion, and empathy.  As the Brea Police Department’s Professional Standards supervisor, he strived to create an environment of transparency, fairness, and consistency in the internal affairs investigation and disciplinary process.  Additionally, as the Chief of Police, he led the department’s response during emergencies including significant crime investigations, civil unrest and natural disasters which helped ensure the safety of the local community. 

Jack believes his experience, including the last three years he spent as the Dean of Students at another Catholic High School, will serve him well as Mater Dei’s Executive Director of School Safety.

What I Love About MD
Mater Dei is a special place, and I learned firsthand as a student, and later as a coach, the sense of belonging and community that exists on this campus.  I appreciate and value being part of an organization with a shared vision and values and look forward to experiencing that again as I return to the Mater Dei campus.  

Other experience: Dean of Students at Servite High School

Education: Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB); Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Studies: Vocational Arts from CSULB

At MD since: 2022