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MV police chief resigns

After 28 years in law enforcement, Mountain View Police Chief Scott Vermeer announced Tuesday that he will leave his career in public safety for a high-ranking job at Security Industry Specialists (SIS), a company that provides security services to Google and other high-tech firms in Mountain View.

Vermeer began his career in 1986 at the Redwood City Police Department, where he rose to the rank of captain. He took a position as chief of police for Menlo Park and stayed there for three years before taking over leadership of the Mountain View Police Department in January 2002.

At 15 years, Vermeer spent a long time as chief of police, in part because he was very young when he was first hired as chief of Menlo Park. He said a lot of people reach the rank of police chief at a much older age, and consequently don't stick around for long. At 34 years old, he was the youngest police chief in the state.

But Vermeer said those years blew by quickly for him.

"I wanted to be a police officer when I was a kid, and I got my dream," Vermeer said.

During his time as police chief in Mountain View, Vermeer said he saw a lot of changes in the community. He said the city is definitely safer now with some of the lowest recorded crime rates in the history of Mountain View and that the police department has worked with the community to create a walk- and bike-friendly city.

Vermeer said the police department has a great leadership team, and he is both hopeful and confident in the city manager's choice for next chief of police.

Vermeer is leaving to become director at SIS, a private security contractor with clients that include Google in Mountain View. He said he'll continue to live in the Bay Area, but may not do a lot of work in Mountain View.

Vermeer's last day with the MVPD is Aug. 3. The department will have a going-away party for Vermeer on July 17. He said it will be a casual event for everyone to attend.

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Posted by Shana
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 3, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Chief Scott,

Congratulations! You will be missed in our PD community! However we are excited to hear you will still be a part of our community. Thank you for all you do!

~Shana


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Posted by Broken System
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 3, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Let me guess. He is "retiring" at 90% of his current pay then will go get another $200K a year while we send him a nice fat $10,000 check every month. Pensions were meant to provide a comfortable retirement to live out your years, not to pad your wallet while you continue to earn more.

The system is broken.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Gemello
on Jun 3, 2014 at 3:10 pm

If you're interested to see what public employees made in 2012 throughout the Bay Area, go here:
Web Link


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Posted by GSB
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 3, 2014 at 4:21 pm

@Resident

Don't hate the player. Hate the game.


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Posted by Silvio
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 3, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Good riddance. He never followed through on any of our neighborhood's request. He obviously had his mind and sights on other things.


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Posted by Jericho
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 3, 2014 at 10:06 pm

The city had low crime rates because you have to practically beg the police to file a police report. Everything is downgraded to suspicious circumstances. Total manipulation. The police in this town are worthless.


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Posted by Fak the Police
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm

@GSB

Resident said that "the system is broken" thereby stating his hate for the game and the the player.

on another note, police are just heavily armed gangsters in blue who have the legal right to deal lethal force.


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Posted by Money Bags
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm

According to the link provided by Resident, Scott Vermeer's base salary is $234,398 with a total cost of employment of $364,974. Sounds a bit outrageous.


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Posted by George Mason
a resident of Willowgate
on Jun 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm

In the 25 years my family has resided in Mountain View, I've observed or been personally involved in perhaps a dozen incidents or interactions with MVPD. With one minor exception, the officers responded promptly and performed their job with calmness and professionalism. To the extent that Chief Vermeer's leadership and example has contributed to officers' handling of often stressful and challenging situations, I say kudos, and thank you.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of another community
on Jun 4, 2014 at 2:21 pm

AS my friend Ron used to say: "what is true for you is what you have seen to be true"
After 40+ years in Mtn View, truth for me is a WHOLE lot closer to Jericho's than it is to Mr. Mason's.
Except for that comment on them being worthless... they have surely generated alot of revenue with their "traffic enforcement"


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Posted by Jane
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 4, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Chief Vermeer brought a new feel of fairness to the MVPD and I am sorry to see him go. With him as chief MV transitioned to a respected department with a reputation for fairness. THANK YOU!!!


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Posted by NW Resident
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 5, 2014 at 12:31 pm

On the salary aspect, my understanding is that retired public employees can't work more than 900 hours a year if they want their full pension. That's about 20 hours/week or half time, but is still "double-dipping" nonetheless.


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Posted by The system is not broken
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm

It's just been taken over by the Union run bosses. They inflated everyones salaries and pensions to unsustainable levels. Soon all cities will be in the same boat as Detroit and Stockton. Just a matter of time at this rate.

What can be done?

Move the pension to 401k
Get rid of the Double dippers. If someone is retired and comes out of retirement to work at another job should have there retirement pension stopped until they leave the other job.

The police and fire departments should be consolidated into one for the whole bay area. Not this city run BS.

I could go on and on, but am I the only logic person in this bay area? Or are there no checks and balances within govt.


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Posted by steve
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 5, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Yes pensions and public sector salaries are absolutely out of control in this state. Anyone who disagrees is an imbecile and should be publicly flogged. However, California voters keep on voting in the same politicians who are in bed with the public sector unions.

The sad truth is that this is effectively a one party state, and will remain that way for the foreseeable future. History demonstrates that whenever power is consolidated in the hands of a few, the result is widespread corruption. Quite honestly, I don't see why we bother with elections in this state. We should just accept whomever the Democratic party nominates and save everyone a lot of time, effort, and money.

Separately but related: over 237,000 people just voted for Leeland Yee, the anti-second amendment politician who was just brought up on gun trafficking charges.

Stupid is as stupid does



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Posted by Steve
a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2014 at 3:58 pm

...at least one of the Leland Lee voters did so in jest, dismayed by the staggering mass of government. Futile, yes. Stupid, no.


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Posted by steve
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 5, 2014 at 6:20 pm

@Steve: That still leaves 236,999 stupids.


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Posted by incognito
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 6, 2014 at 9:46 am

I have nothing but respect for Chief Vermeer and am very sorry to see him go.

It's unfortunate that, like so much else in this town, he appears to be heading in the direction of Google (according to this article).

It is also unfortunate that what should be praise of Chief Vermeer's time at MVPD has turned into a discussion of the long-overdue need to reign in outrageous salaries and pensions for public employees. The MVPD for sure and probably the MVFD has a growing number of young (in their 50's), healthy, well-paid retirees. Time for council to summon up the courage to look at this.

Thank you and best wishes to Chief Vermeer!


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 8, 2014 at 12:29 pm

What is a fair salary in this town? It's so expensive to live here now.


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Posted by Roderick Brison
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 17, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Chief Vermeer selflessly served three communities for nearly 30 years, living a life of meaning, likely time and time again as a police officer putting his own life and well being in harms way to protect others. And now, as he retires into his next life, knowing he served in a career that doubled his risk for heart disease, cancer, and forever placed him in a category of retired citizens who commit suicide at double the national rate, he has to endure a group of blog trolls who have lived a meaningless sheltered life here in LOW CRIME Mountain View using an anonymous forum to bad mouth him and his retirement package?? HE DIDN'T CREATE IT. HE DIDN'T NEGOTIATE IT. HE DIDN'T EXPLOIT IT. HE worked his ass off for it and earned it. None of you would be complaining if the economy hadn't crashed and if he were a US Soldier or a Fireman you wouldn't have the balls to say a word. Get off your ass, get of the internet, get a life that means something, and shut the hell up. MY NAME IS POSTED, unlike you blog weasels....


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Posted by Blog Weasel
a resident of another community
on Jul 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

I have zero respect for the Mountain View city bureucrats, especially the former police chief responsible for their 'police-for-profit' scheme. And yes, I hide behind my screen name. Unfortunately, my dealings with the city are ongoing, and subject to easy retaliation for daring to speak to truth.


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