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CHP Oceanside welcomes new commander

OCEANSIDE – The Oceanside Area of the California Highway Patrol welcomed Capt. Rick Goulding as the new Oceanside Area Commander Tuesday, May 2. Goulding transferred to the Oceanside Area after serving as the Grapevine Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility Commander.

Goulding is married with five children and relocated to the Oceanside Area from the San Joaquin Valley. Goulding earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Gonzaga University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of California Berkeley. He graduated from the California Highway Patrol Academy in 2002.

Before serving the citizens of San Diego County, Goulding was assigned to the following CHP Areas: Central Los Angeles, Arrowhead, San Bernardino and Yuba-Sutter. He was promoted to sergeant in 2015 and worked in the Bakersfield Area.

He was promoted to lieutenant in 2019 and was assigned to the Bakersfield Area. In 2021, he was selected as the commander of the Grapevine Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility, where he served honorably until he was promoted to captain and assigned as commander of the CHP Oceanside Area.

“I look forward to building upon our strong relationships with our allied agencies, traffic safety stakeholders and community groups, in an effort to make the North San Diego County region a safe place to live, work and travel,” Goulding said.

Goulding has been with the California Highway Patrol for nearly two decades and brings with him vast experience of working in different roles and responsibilities during his career. The communities served by the Oceanside Area include Carlsbad, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Bonsall, Fallbrook, Escondido, Valley Center and Pauma Valley

Submitted by Oceanside Area California Highway Patrol.


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