CHIEF OF POLICE SHELLEY J. ZIMMERMAN
03/04/2014 -  
THE THIN BLUE LINE
Chief Zimmerman was hired by SDPD in 1982.  Born in Cleveland, Ohio she is a graduate of the Ohio State University, with a degree in Criminal Justice.  She's also a graduate of the FBI National Academy  #241.

Chief Zimmerman has worked many of SDPD's patrol commands and has extensive investigative experience.  Some prior assignments have included Vice, Narcotics, Internal Affairs, Multi-Cultural Community Relations Office, the Mayor’s Executive Protection Detail, The Narcotics Task Force and the Field Lieutenant position.  

Chief Zimmerman has assisted in security planning for several large events in San Diego such as the Super Bowl, Republican National Convention, major conferences and the 4th of July Independence Day holiday at the beach, where more than one million local and visitors alike come to enjoy each year.  

Chief Zimmerman has received numerous awards and citations throughout her career including the San Diego Press Club Headliner of the year  for her undercover work, the San Diego Business Journal’s Woman Who Mean Business Exemplary Award for civic involvement with the business and residential communities and the San Diego Police Foundation Women in Blue Award for her commitment to making San Diego one of the safest large cities in the United States.  In 2013 Chief Zimmerman received the Gold Key Award from the San Diego County Hotel Motel Association. 

In keeping with his long stated, consistent support of law enforcement, on February 26, 2014, Mayor Kevin Faulconer nominated Chief Zimmerman as San Diego's 34th Chief of Police.

Confirmed by a unanimous 8-0 vote by the San Diego City Council on March 4, 2014, Chief Zimmerman used her swearing in to clearly state she has high expectations for the police department and will be aggressive in implementing her priorities.  In some of her first meetings with the media Chief Zimmerman stated she will instill a culture of excellence within the ranks and create a collaboration between the police department, the mayor, City Hall, the City Attorney and the community we all serve. "Imagine the possibilities" Chief Zimmerman said. 

Chief Zimmerman is an avid sports fan. In her spare time Chief Zimmerman participates in charity triathlons and recently completed a 620 mile bicycle ride that helped raise more than 1 million dollars for challenged athletes. 

To learn more about the chief watch her biographical interview with the UT San Diego.
MEET CHIEF ZIMMERMAN'S COMMAND STAFF
​EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT CHIEF OF POLICE DAVID RAMIREZ

ASSISTANT CHIEF OF POLICE SARAH CREIGHTON

ASSISTANT CHIEF OF POLICE TODD JARVIS

ASSISTANT CHIEF OF POLICE MARK JONES

ASSISTANT CHIEF OF POLICE TERRENCE McMANUS

ASSISTANT CHIEF OF POLICE WALT VASQUEZ


A CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE