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Faulconer's Pick for Police Chief Scheduled to Retire in 4 Years

SDPD Asst. Chief Shelley Zimmerman is set to take on the role of chief now that William Lansdowne has announced his retirement

By Gene Cubbison and R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Feb 27, 2014  |  Updated 7:29 PM PDT
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The woman tapped by San Diego's mayor-elect as his choice to replace retiring Chief of Police William Lansdowne is on schedule to retire in four years. NBC 7's Gene Cubbison explains this part of the story.

The woman tapped by San Diego's mayor-elect as his choice to replace retiring Chief of Police William Lansdowne is on schedule to retire in four years. NBC 7's Gene Cubbison explains this part of the story.

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New SDPD Chief Named

Mayor-Elect Kevin Faulconer has announced that SDPD Asst. Chief Shelley Zimmerman will soon take on the role of chief now that William Lansdowne has decided to retire. NBC 7's Omari Fleming reports on this big announcement.

New SDPD Zimmerman Speaks

SDPD Asst. Chief Shelley Zimmerman was named the new chief of the department on Feb. 26, 2014, after the retirement of Chief William Lansdowne. Here, Zimmerman speaks about her new job for the first time during a press briefing.
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The woman tapped by San Diego's mayor-elect as his choice to replace retiring Chief of Police William Lansdowne is on schedule to retire in four years.

Assistant Chief Shelley Zimmerman was named as the first choice to be Lansdowne's replacement by Mayor-Elect Kevin Faulconer.

Faulconer made the announcement Wednesday, saying he will officially appoint her once he is sworn in as mayor on Monday.

However, NBC 7 has learned Zimmerman entered the department's Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) on March 2, 2013.

As the rules dictate, Zimmerman must exit DROP on March 1, 2018.

Afterwards, she may return to work within the department as a provisional employee for a maximum of 90 days per year.

On Tuesday, Lansdowne announced he will be stepping down effective March 3.

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