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Menlo Park's interim police chief takes permanent post

by Kate Bradshaw

Starting July 8, Menlo Park's interim police chief, Dave Bertini, will lose the "interim" from his job title, City Manager Alex McIntyre announced June 25.

Bertini, most recently a police commander for the city of Menlo Park, stepped in as interim chief when the city's former police chief, Robert Jonsen, began work in the same position for the city of Palo Alto in early January.

At that time, he noted that he was interested in the permanent position.

"Since stepping up as interim chief in January, Dave has shown me that he is the right person to serve this community and lead the department," McIntyre said in a written statement.

Bertini started in Menlo Park in 2011, and since then, has worked as a patrol commander and in administrative services, leading initiatives in the department to improve technology and transparency. In 2015, he spent six months working as the city's interim human services director.

Prior to working in Menlo Park, he did law enforcement work in Pacifica. He has about 30 years of experience in law enforcement, according to city staff. He said he came to Menlo Park for several reasons: to work with a department that was "on the cutting edge," to be challenged more, and to escape the coastal fog.

He began his career as a police explorer with the Pacifica Police Department. In 1986, he was hired as a reserve officer, and became a public safety dispatcher the following year. In 1988, he was hired as a full-time police officer, and in 2008, was promoted to captain.

Bertini holds a master's degree in military history from Norwich University in Vermont, a bachelor's degree in business management from St. Mary's College and an associate's degree in administration of justice from the College of San Mateo.

As of last December, he planned to use his time as the chief to do more public outreach, such as hosting "chat with the Chief" events and adding more people to the police chief's advisory board; add more officers to work on traffic enforcement; and work with other city departments on complex city problems.

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