SAN DIEGO POLICE
HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
CITY MARSHALS  1850-1889
Marshal Agoston Haraszathy
1850 -1852
Marshal George Hooper
1852
Marshal James McCoy
1862-1869
Chief Antonio Gonzales
1838-1845
Marshal Alexander Young
1869
Marshal Philip Crosthwaite
1869-1872
Marshal Adolph Gassen
1872-1874
Marshal A.F. Knowles
1874-1876
Marshal Albert Stowe
1876
A/Marshal James Russell
1878-1879
Chief Joseph Coyne
1889-1891
Chief William Crawford
1891
Chief William H. Pringle
1891
Chief Jacob Brenning
1891 - 1897
Chief James Russell
1897 - 1899
Chief Edward W. Bushyhead
1899 - 1903
Chief Albert A. Thomas
1903 - 1907
Chief George W. Moulton
1907
Chief William Neely
1907 - 1909
A/Chief
Bartholomew Moriarty
1909
Chief Joseph Steer
1917
A/Chief James Patrick
1917
Chief James Patrick
1919 - 1927
Chief Stewart P. McMullen
1917
Chief Joseph V. Doran
1927 - 1929
Chief Arthur R. Hill
1929 - 1931
Chief Percival J. Benbough
1931
A/Chief James Patrick
1931
Chief Harry Scott
1931 - 1932
A/Chief John T. Peterson
1932
Chief Robert P. Newsom
1932 - 1933
Chief Harry J. Raymond
1933
Chief John T. Peterson
1933 - 1934
Chief George M. Sears
1934 - 1939
A/Chief John T. Peterson
1939 - 1940
A/Chief Harry J. Kelly
1939
Chief Clifford Peterson
1940 - 1947
Chief Adam "Elmer" Jansen
1947 - 1962
Chief Wesley S. Sharp
1962-1968
Chief Olif J. "O.J." Roed
1968 - 1971
Chief Raymond L. Hoobler
1971 - 1975
Chief William B. Kolender
1975 - 1988
Chief Gerald R. Sanders
1993 - 1999
Interim Chief Keith Enerson
1999
MEXICAN TOWN POLICE 1838-1845
Chief Jefferson K. Wilson
1909 - 1917
A/Chief John Welter
2003
Marshal's Office Abolished 1852- 1862 & 1879 - 1885


THE THIN BLUE LINE
The Chief is the highest ranking member of the San Diego Police Department and its most visible. History has shown that in times where a police commission or city manager form of government existed, the office was relatively stable as the chief was shielded from political influence. In times where the mayor had direct oversight, the top office was often its least effective as political influence and the chief’s career survival got in the way. That is why in the ten year period of 1930-1940, the SDPD saw a new chief appointed eleven times. It is also one of the reasons why, in the 1930's, San Diegan’s approved a referendum calling for the creation of a city manager form of government. 


Marshal Sidney Livingston
1850
Marshal Joseph Reiner
1852
Marshal Joseph Coyne
1885-1889

Chief R. David Bejarano
1999 - 2003
C I T Y     M A R S H A L S     A N D     C H I E F S
CHIEFS OF POLICE 1889 - PRESENT
A/Chief John McInness
1897
Chief Robert W. Burgreen
1988 - 1993
Chief William M. Lansdowne
2003 - 2014
Shelley Zimmerman is the Chief of the San Diego Police Department and its highest ranking member.  To learn more about Chief Zimmerman and her command staff, click her photo.
The Chief is the highest ranking member of the San Diego Police Department and its most visible. History has shown that in times where a police commission or city manager form of government existed, the office was relatively stable as the chief was shielded from political influence. In times where the mayor had direct oversight, the top office was often its least effective as political influence and the chief’s career survival got in the way. That is why in the ten year period of 1930-1940, the SDPD saw a new chief appointed eleven times. It is also one of the reasons why, in the 1930's, San Diegan’s approved a referendum calling for the creation of a city manager form of government. 
Marshal Thomas "T.M." Turner 1876 - 1878