New San Diego police chief: Who is Shelley Zimmerman?

SAN DIEGO - San Diego has a new police chief and although she has been with the force for over three decades, you might be wondering what she's all about.

Shelley Zimmerman is friends with mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer, but friendship alone didn’t get her the job as San Diego’s next chief of police.

Zimmerman has been on the San Diego Police Department for 31 years.  She has worked in almost every division, from vice to narcotics to community affairs.  She is well-liked and well-respected by her fellow officers, many of whom have long-suspected she would someday become Chief.

Zimmerman is from Cleveland, Ohio. She has a degree in criminal justice from the Ohio State University.  She also graduated from the F.B.I. Academy.

Just two hours before her appointment as San Diego’s top cop, she addressed The Committee on Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods where she addressed the growing problem of police recruitment and retention. 

Many SDPD officers and recruits have been lured away by higher paying departments like the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.  Zimmerman said she is working to change that.

Faulconer said he will ask the City Council to approve Zimmerman as the next chief at Wednesday's meeting.

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