Mountain View Voice

News - July 4, 2014

City finds new police chief in-house

Capt. Max Bosel to take over Mountain View Police Department in August

by Kevin Forestieri

After weeks of searching, City Manager Dan Rich announced Friday that Max Bosel will take the place of Scott Vermeer as Mountain View's police chief.

Bosel, who now is a captain, has worked at the department for almost 20 years. He joined the force in 1995 after six years with the Millbrae Police Department. He rose to the rank of captain in 2007, and has since served as an interim deputy police chief and interim assistant city manager.

A resident of Mountain View, Bosel received a bachelor's degree in management from Saint Mary's College, and a master's degree in public administration from Notre Dame de Namur University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Bosel will assume his new position on Monday, Aug. 4, with a salary of $242,000 — roughly the same as Vermeer's current salary.

Among other things, Bosel has worked as a patrol officer, a training sergeant and a detective, and has spent 10 years on the SWAT team. He said of those positions, detective work was the most challenging — and the most interesting.

Following Vermeer's announcement that he would be stepping down, the city manager's office looked at internal candidates for a replacement. Bosel said the department's other two captains had recently been promoted following two retirements, and he had the tenure and experience required to be the next police chief.

When Rich offered Bosel the post, Bosel said, he accepted without hesitation. The position, he said, is "both a privilege and an honor."

Bosel said he has big shoes to fill following Vermeer, whom he called an exceptional leader.

"Vermeer did an excellent job with administration, and I think we can always improve," Bosel said.

As police chief, Bosel said he will adopt a "collaborative" style of leadership and listen to the men and women in the police force as well as the greater community for input.

Vermeer, who spent 12 years as chief of police, announced his retirement from the force earlier this month to become a director at Security Industry Specialists. In an interview following his announcement, Vermeer said the department had a great leadership team to draw from in searching for the next police chief.

According to city officials, Bosel has shown exceptional operational and leadership abilities during his career in public safety.

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