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Mr. Ron Nelson

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  • MA
  • M.A.
    Pepperdine University
  • B.A.
    Drake University
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Ron ..., 27 Feb 2014 [cached]
Ron Nelson
Ron Nelson, MA, Secretary Mr. Nelson received his B.A. from Drake University and M.A. from Pepperdine University prior to a 46-year professional career in law enforcement. During that time, he worked for the cities of Los Angeles, Compton, China Lake and Berkeley, in addition to the University of California, San Francisco. He served as Chief of Police for three of these cities, and was also a City Manager. Mr. Nelson was appointed to the Board of Trustees in June 2006, and was elected Secretary in January 2010. He is Chair of the Human Resources Committee and a member of the Finance Committee and Governance Committee.
Ronald D. Nelson was ..., 11 Mar 2014 [cached]
Ronald D. Nelson was 82.
He reportedly died after a walk with friends Monday afternoon in Tilden Park, authorities said.
He served as chief from 1982 to 1990, managing a 300-person department. He was replaced by Dashiel Butler when he went to work for the UC San Francisco Police Department.
Nelson received his early training and experience with the Los Angeles Police Department, which he joined in 1956 as a police officer, later advancing to sergeant and then lieutenant.
Nelson was later a police commander with the Compton Police Department, and also served as city manager and assistant city manager of Compton.
Former Berkeley Police Chief Ron Nelson attends the department’s celebration of 100 years of service on April 7, 2005, in Berkeley, Calif. (Joanna Former Berkeley Police Chief Ron Nelson attends the department's celebration of 100 years of service on April 7, 2005, in Berkeley, Calif. (Joanna Jhanda/Bay Area News Group Archives)
Nelson earned a bachelor's degree from Drake University, a master's degree from Pepperdine and did additional academic work in sociology and public administration at California State University at Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount, Fort McClennan, California Institute of Technology, and California Polytechnic University. Funeral arrangements are pending.
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives - Leadership, 10 July 2001 [cached]
Ronald D. Nelson , Director of Public SafetyUniversity of California San Francisco San Francisco ,
Ronald D. ..., 18 June 2013 [cached]
Ronald D. Nelson Board Member | Retired, Public Safety Executive Officer
Ron is the former Chief of Police of the University of California San Francisco and the City of Berkeley. Mr. Nelson is an active member of his community and has worked with various senior and supportive service agencies throughout California. Mr. Nelson is also a Board member on the Deaf Senior Retirement Corporation, a nonprofit that focuses specifically on the needs of deaf seniors and Lincoln Street Housing, Inc, the ownership entity of an eleven unit 811 for persons with developmental disabilities.
ACCREDITATION, 10 Feb 1999 [cached]
Under the leadership of former Commission Chairman, Chief Ron Nelson of the University of California at San Francisco, Police Department, and with guidance from then Executive Director Wayne Huggins, a number of important changes were mandated in Rochester:
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