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Mr. Steve Gesell

Wrong Steve Gesell?

Chief of Police

Phone: (805) ***-****  
City of San Luis Obispo
990 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo , California 93401
United States

Company Description: Each year, the City publishes an Annual Report on the status of its General Plan and the actions taken to implement it during the past year. The Annual Report is...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Master's Degree , Educational Leadership
    Northern Arizona University
  • undergraduate degree , Justice Studies
    Arizona State University
  • Northwestern University's School of Police Staff
  • San Luis Obispo High School
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Stephen Gesell Chief of Police | Bio Page City of San Luis Obispo - template
Chief Stephen Gesell completed a distinguished 20-year career with the Scottsdale (AZ) Police Department rising to the rank of division commander responsible for 100 sworn and civilian employees. He has a diverse professional background in policing that includes positions such as patrol officer, bicycle patrol officer, undercover narcotics detective, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force agent, internal affairs investigator, basic training sergeant, and detective sergeant. His mid and upper management positions include service as a patrol watch commander, oversight of a section comprised of specialty patrol-based units, command over a multi-agency section comprised of covert units that primarily focused on drug enforcement and organized crime investigations leveraging key partnerships with the DEA, FBI and IRS, SWAT team commander, and finally division commander with oversight over all specialty patrol-based units as well as Detention.
In late 2009, Chief Gesell was selected as a commander for the Atascadero Police Department following a national recruitment. He was responsible for guiding staff members through the strategic planning process, ultimately resulting in the construction of a comprehensive 5-year strategic plan. Additionally, Chief Gesell served as the interim Atascadero Police Chief throughout the majority of 2011.
Chief Gesell was selected as San Luis Obispo's Chief of Police in January of 2012 following a national recruitment. His appointment fulfilled an eight-year personal objective to return to his hometown as chief of police.
Chief Gesell holds an undergraduate degree in Justice Studies with a minor in psychology from Arizona State University as well as a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command in addition to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Drug Unit Commanders Academy.
Teaching has been a passion throughout his career. He has taught numerous courses at Arizona's largest police academy, served as an adjunct community college instructor, and most recently served as an adjunct instructor for Northwestern University teaching interpersonal and organizational communication to police managers around the country.
Chief Gesell was raised primarily in San Luis Obispo and graduated from San Luis Obispo High School. Mr. Gesell and his wife Nesa have three children; Lauren, and twins Lindsey and Nathan.
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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The ..., 8 May 2015 [cached]
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The City of San Luis Obispo has confirmed that SLO Police Chief Steve Gesell is on paid administrative leave. The reasons behind the leave are unknown.
The City has released the following statement:
The City of San Luis Obispo has received several inquiries regarding the status of San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell. The purpose of this release is to confirm that Chief Gesell is on paid administrative leave for an indeterminate period of time.
City officials told KCOY that they will not further comment on the status of Chief Gesell, but will continue to release information as they are able to do so.
The San Luis Obispo City Council is expected to make an announcement on the future of Police Chief Steve Gesell after it meets in closed session at its regularly scheduled meeting next Tuesday.
Chief Gesell has come under greater scrutiny by City Hall recently involving his travel-related expenses and his reimbursements to the city.
He's also been questioned about the police response to the now infamous "St.
"He's a good guy", another city resident said when asked about Chief Gesell.
Chief Gesell was appointed to the job in January 2012 replacing former chief Deb Linden who retired.
Before coming to San Luis Obispo, Gesell was interim Police Chief for the City of Atascadero and spent most of his law enforcement career with the City of Scottsdale in Arizona.
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