Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum announces new president and director


Bart Topham is a U.S. Army veteran, retired SLOPD police captain, and former Cuesta College police chief.

– The Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum (CCVMM) recently welcomed Bart Topham as its new President and Director. Since the death of President Jack Jones in 2017, these functions have been taken over by the museum’s director / curator, Harry Hoover, who retired after holding the post for nineteen years. Bart Topham is a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran, a retired SLOPD Police Captain, and a former Police Chief at Cuesta College.

Following his retirement in 2003, Topham opened his own consultancy firm providing services to local authorities and state law enforcement before retiring again in 2018. Topham received his Bachelor of Arts degree from l ‘State of Sacramento and an MA from the University of San Francisco.

Prior to joining the museum, Topham devoted himself to ‘pay it forward’ to fellow veterans and their families. He is currently chaplain and former commander of American Legion Post # 66. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of the Grizzly Youth Academy Foundation and the Veterans Helping Veterans.

“Bart’s extensive leadership experience and dedication to serving our community makes him a natural fit for the role,” said Sandra McGregor, CCVMM Board of Directors. “All of us on the board are proud to have him join our museum team, bringing his enthusiasm and vision to advancing the museum’s strategic plans. We know it will lead us into a new era.

The museum is seeking public feedback on how it can be more connected and relevant to the community in 2022. Whether you’ve visited it or not yet, please take a moment to complete this anonymous survey to help us in the planning process.

Take the community feedback survey here: https://vetmuseum.org/community-feedback-survey/

For more information on the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum, visit www.vetmuseum.org or call (805) 543-1763.

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