After weeks of searching, City Manager Dan Rich announced today that Max Bosel will take the place of Scott Vermeer as Mountain View's police chief.
Capt. Max Bosel, who has worked at the department for almost 20 years, 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 take over as police chief on Monday, August 4, with a salary of $242,000 -- roughly the same as Vermeer's current salary.
Among other things, Bosel has been 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 to step down, the city manager's office looked at internal candidates for a replacement. Bosel said the other two captains had recently been promoted following two retirements, and he had the tenure and experience required to be the next police chief.
Rich offered Bosel the position earlier this week, which he said he accepted without hesitation. He said the position was "both a privilege and an honor."
Bosel said he had big shoes to fill following Vermeer, who he said was 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 police force to become a director at Security Industry Specialists earlier this month. 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.