Zimmerman set to be confirmed as next SDPD chief
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The City Council Tuesday is scheduled to consider whether to confirm the nomination of Shelley Zimmerman as the first female chief of the San Diego Police Department.
The veteran of three decades was named to the job last week by Mayor Kevin Faulconer following the retirement of William Lansdowne. She had been an assistant chief and became acting chief Monday, when Lansdowne's resignation took effect.
The SDPD has been buffeted in recent months by allegations of sexual misconduct and other wrongdoing by a handful of officers. A longer-term challenge has been an inability to hold onto experienced officers who are lured to other agencies by promises of higher pay.
Lansdowne told reporters it was time to step down after 10 1/2 years in the post and called the 54-year-old Zimmerman the best officer to succeed him.
Faulconer said he put forth Zimmerman's nomination quickly because the SDPD needs immediate leadership.
City Council President Todd Gloria had suggested a national search with input from local residents but said he would support her. Zimmerman enjoys widespread support on the City Council.
The Ohio native would serve no more than four years. She signed up last year for a deferred retirement plan that requires her to leave city employment on March 1, 2018 — a situation Faulconer said he was aware of when he picked her.