David Nisleit, a three-decade veteran of the San Diego Police Department, was named Thursday by Mayor Kevin Faulconer as the next chief of the city’s law enforcement agency.
Nisleit, currently one of the department’s assistant chiefs, will succeed Chief Shelley Zimmerman, who has served in the post for four years. Zimmerman, who has been with the department for 35 years, is set to step down in March.
“SDPD is poised to enter a new era of excellence,” Faulconer said in announcing Nisleit’s promotion during a late-morning City Hall news conference.
Nisleit followed in his father’s footsteps as a longtime member of the SDPD and has served in the agency’s gang, robbery, narcotics, homicide, sex crimes, SWAT, internal affairs and special operations units.
Chief Nisleit has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management and a Master’s Degree in Management. He is a faculty member of the University of San Diego Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership program.
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