Gesell takes SLO police helm
January 2, 2012
San Luis Obispo’s new police chief, Stephen Gesell, will be introduced Tuesday by city officials following what is being described as a “competitive recruitment and intensive selection process.”
Most recently, Gesell was interim police chief in Atascadero following a 20-year law enforcement career in Scottsdale, Arizona. Gesell replaces Deb Linden, who held the post for nine years. He take office Jan. 19 and his annual salary will be $157,508.
Gesell grew up in San Luis Obispo and graduated from SLO High School and Arizona State University. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. He’ll run a department with 57 sworn officers and a $15.4 million annual budget.