Scott McCartney

Director of Team Security
San Antonio Spurs


Scott McCartney is the Director of Team Security for the San Antonio Spurs NBA Team.  Mr. McCartney retired from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department after 27 years.  He spent the past 10 years of his career as the Project Director of the Large Stadium Initiative and Active Shooter Training Coordinator with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security. This program explored commonalities of large stadium/venue Homeland Security preparedness issues and assists in developing strategies for enhancing prevention, response, and recovery capabilities. He earned national recognition as a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

Mr. McCartney was invited to testify before the Congressional Committee on Homeland Security on the importance of collaborating with Sports Venues, Colleges and Universities regarding the need to prepare for, respond to and recover from national incidents and disasters.  Mr. McCartney has been advising and an instructor for NCS4 since 2007 and TEEX, providing subject matter expertise in writing curriculum taught by both.  Scott has served as the Office of Emergency Services Spokesperson in the State Operations Center (SOC) Joint Information Center (JIC) and the Joint Field Office JIC for the 2007 Southern California Wildfires. 

While in Law Enforcement, Mr. McCartney worked as the Public Safety Director of the California Capital Airshow and has held the positions of Traffic Chief and Incident Commander.  In these roles his leadership and overall management has gained world recognition for outstanding public safety.  He was presented the “Key to the City” of Rancho Cordova for his continued expertise for the California Capital Airshow.  Mr. McCartney has also advised the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) on various Public Safety issues.  

He is a subject matter expert having advised the California Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).  Mr. McCartney served as a Critical Incident Hostage Negotiator Team member for the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.  Mr. McCartney also worked on CALFIRE IMT #6 as the Law Enforcement Liaison and was a member of the California Incident Command Certification System (CICCS) Task Force as a Law Enforcement advisor.  He has supervised many critical incidents as well as planned and implemented several large events.  Mr. McCartney received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Speech Communication from Oregon State University.  

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