Sept. 30, 2014 Speakers: San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer & Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman

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Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer

Mayor Kevin L. FaulconerKevin L. Faulconer was elected to serve as mayor of the City of San Diego following a special election on February 11th, 2014 under the banner of unifying and creating “One San Diego.” As the first sitting city councilmember elected as mayor in 50 years, Kevin is proudly committed to guarding San Diego’s tax dollars, reinvesting in the city’s infrastructure and roads, continuing the reforms voted on by San Diego residents, and returning trust and integrity to City Hall.

Prior to his election as mayor, Kevin served as the former city council president pro tem, where he chaired the Audit Committee, was vice chair of the Rules Committee, and served on the Economic Strategies & Development Committee and the Committee on Budget & Finance. As chair of the Audit Committee, he worked to restore the city’s credit rating and repair its credibility with investors. Kevin became Councilmember for District 2 in San Diego in January 2006 after winning a special election. He was re-elected later that year by an overwhelming margin in the June primary election and again in 2010.
Kevin has a track record of success and delivering results for San Diego. In 2008, he took a lead role in drafting and supporting Proposition C, which passed with 67 percent of the vote. The measure ensures money generated in Mission Bay Park is invested there and at other city parks. He also campaigned in 2008 for alcohol-free beaches and bays, a measure voters supported. Alcohol is prohibited along the coast of most Southern California communities – and now San Diego’s beaches are safer, cleaner and more family-friendly. In 2010, he and a handful of others led the campaign against Proposition D, which would have raised the sales tax in San Diego. Voters joined Kevin to overwhelmingly reject the increase.

Prior to being elected, Kevin worked in public affairs for more than a decade and was vice president of a leading firm where he managed complex projects within strict budget guidelines. Kevin graduated in 1990 from San Diego State University. He and his wife, Katherine, a small business owner, live in Point Loma with their children Jack and Lauren.

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Chief Shelley Zimmerman

Chief Shelley ZimmermaShelley Zimmerman was promoted to Chief of Police on March 4, 2014.  Chief Zimmerman started with the San Diego Police Department in October 1982.  She was born in Cleveland, Ohio and is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a degree in Criminal Justice.  She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBINA #241.

Chief Zimmerman has worked many of the San Diego Police Department’s patrol commands.  Shelley also has extensive investigative experience.  Some of Chief Zimmerman’s 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 the 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 which has included the San Diego Press Club Headliner of the year award for her undercover work, the San Diego Business Journal’s Woman Who Mean Business Exemplary Award for her civic involvement with both the business and residential communities, 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 and the Gold Key Award from the Hotel/Motel Association for her commitment to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry.

Chief Zimmerman’s previous assignment was the Neighborhood Policing section which includes; the Regional Police Academy, Backgrounds, In-Service and Field Training, Juvenile Administration, the Police Range, Volunteer Services, Information Services, Communications, Crime Analysis, and Human Resources.  Chief Zimmerman was also the Department’s liaison with the Gang Commission, STAR-PAL, the San Diego Police Foundation, Crime Stoppers, Labor Relations, the Hotel/Motel Association and the Chief’s Community Advisory Boards.

Chief Zimmerman is an avid sports fan and often participates in athletic charity fundraisers.
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