San Diego Mayor Taps New Police Chief

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has selected Assistant Police Chief Dave Nisleit to head the department following the impending retirement of Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. His employment must first be approved by the city council on Feb. 26.

Nisleit was one of six finalists for the position.

"I've had the opportunity to work with Chief Nisleit -- and Captain Nisleit -- for a number of years and he's a person of integrity, a person who's approachable and a person who's well-respected in the community," the mayor said.

Nisleit comes from a family of cops. His father was a member of the San Diego Police Department for 35 years. Both his uncle and son are also in law enforcement.

Nisleit has overseen hundreds of investigations and security planning for more than 1,000 large-scale events. He played an integral role in the investigation and 2016 arrest of a serial killer who was targeting homeless people in San Diego.

Nisleit called it a privilege and an honor to have the chance to serve as chief. One of his top priorities will be shoring up staffing levels, with the goal of a fully staffed department by 2020.

If confirmed as chief, Nisleit's salary will increase from $147,790 to $205,000 per year.