Swearing-In Ceremony for Roy L. Meisner, Berkeley's New Police
Berkeley, California (Monday, April 7, 2003) – Roy L. Meisner
will be sworn in as the City of Berkeley’s new Chief of Police
on Tuesday, April 8, 2003 at 2pm.
The ceremony will take place on the
steps of the Ronald Tsukamoto Public Safety Building, located at 2100
Martin Luther King, Jr., Way. A reception will follow in the Multipurpose
Room on the first floor of the Public Safety Building.
Meisner was chosen as the top candidate for the position after an extensive
national recruitment and interview process. The Berkeley City Council
unanimously approved his selection as the Chief of Police for the City
Chief Meisner grew up in the Bay Area, and attended the University Of
California, Berkeley, obtaining his Bachelors of Arts in Sociology in
1972. He began his career at the Berkeley Police Department the same
year as a police trainee. Meisner quickly progressed through the ranks
becoming a Patrol Officer (1973) Sergeant (1979), Inspector (1982) Lieutenant
(1984) Captain (1990) and Deputy Chief in 1993. Meisner then took over
the reins of the department as Acting Chief of Police in August 2002
when former Chief Dash Butler retired.
Among Meisner’s many professional achievements in his 31-year
career at BPD has been the management of the implementation of Community
Involved Policing, the expansion of the Neighborhood Watch program and
authoring numerous successful grants.
When asked how he feels about his selection as the City Of Berkeley’s
new Chief Of Police, Meisner said, “It is an honor to represent
a group of talented BPD employees. My goal is to build strong relationships
with the community.”