April 16, 2024
Scott Wahl

Mayor Todd Gloria introduced Thursday that he has appointed Assistant Chief Scott Wahl, a 25-year regulation enforcement veteran, as San Diego’s subsequent chief of police.

Gloria made the announcement at a morning information convention at which he promised Wahl would “hit the bottom operating on day one” as chief.

“The town of San Diego is likely one of the most secure large cities in America, and as mayor it’s my highest precedence to maintain it that manner,” mentioned Gloria. “Assistant Chief Wahl shares my dedication to make sure each San Diegan in each neighborhood is protected, whereas additionally bringing concerning the mandatory adjustments to the division so as the construct belief and meet our group’s expectations of right this moment.”

Wahl has labored in virtually each position and rank together with as an officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and most lately assistant chief for legislative affairs and particular tasks.

“I’m honored by the belief our mayor, Todd Gloria, has put in me to guide the San Diego Police Division. I sit up for working collaboratively with him, the Metropolis Council, and our group to make sure public security and a greater high quality of life for all,” he mentioned. “Collectively, we’ll construct a division that’s reflective of our metropolis and worthy of your belief and collaboration.”

Wahl has a bachelors diploma in felony justice from San Diego State College and a masters diploma in group management from Nationwide College.

He’s a lifelong resident of San Diego, and the son of a San Diego police officer. He and his spouse, Stephanie, have 4 youngsters.

The recruitment of town’s subsequent chief of police started in November following Chief David Nisleit’s announcement of his retirement in June 2024.

The method consisted of group boards in every of the 9 Metropolis Council districts, a web based survey for residents, a nationwide search, and vetting by 21 group leaders of the finalists.