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Longtime department veteran is named San Diego police chief

February 1, 2018

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has picked a 30-year veteran of the city’s police department to be its next chief.

Assistant Chief David Nisleit currently oversees nine patrol commands, the homeless outreach team and watch commander’s office. The 52-year-old San Diego native’s son is also on the force, as was his father.

Nisleit replaces Shelley Zimmerman, who is retiring March 1 after four years as chief in the eighth-largest city in the United States. The Republican mayor appointed Zimmerman amid a spate of officer misconduct cases.

Nisleit has kept a low profile but helped oversee high-profile investigations, including a string of killings of homeless people in 2016 that led to an arrest.

The city says recruitment will be one of Nisleit’s top priorities.

The City Council must approve his appointment.

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