The Port San Luis Harbor District has named a new chief Harbor Patrol officer: Matthew Ashton.
The Harbor Commission approved the contract for Ashton at its meeting Tuesday, according to a news release. He began his new duties Wednesday.
Ashton has worked for the Harbor District as a Harbor Patrol officer since 2011. Prior to that, he was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard as a machinery technician, assistant engineering petty officer and federal law enforcement boarding officer.
Ashton remains in the Coast Guard Reserve with Coast Guard Station Channel Islands.