Swearing-In Ceremony for Roy
Berkeley's New Police Chief
Berkeley, California– Roy L. Meisner was sworn in as the City of Berkeley’s new Chief of Police on April 8, 2003. The ceremony took take place on the steps of the Ronald Tsukamoto Public Safety Building. Former city manager Weldon Rucker welcomed the audience of both active and retired officers from around the county. Speakers included representatives Tom Bates, Linda Maio, Betty Olds, and Charles " Charlie" Plummer, former retired Berkeley captain.
Produced by Berkeley Citizen
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.”