Kerstein police chief

Villa Marina resident Alan B. Kerstein will leave his position as chief of police for the Los Angeles Unified School District to become police chief of Henderson, Nevada Monday, August 15th.

Henderson is a fast-growing city of 240,910 near Las Vegas.

Henderson has 273 officers and city officials say the Henderson Police Department “will likely grow to more than 500 officers in the next five years through the recently approved tax initiative.”

In selecting Kerstein, Henderson mayor James B. Gibson said:

“The council and I have every confidence that with his background and experience, Chief Kerstein will be great for Henderson and will fill that role well.

“Given the rigorous nature of the hiring process and the quality of the candidates we drew on a national level, we feel confident in the selection.”

Since June 2002, Kerstein has headed the 362 sworn officers and approximately 175 civilian and non-sworn safety officers at the school district police department.

From January 2000 to June 2002, Kerstein was chief of police in West Valley City, Utah, the state’s second largest city.

He served 31 years with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) before accepting the school district police chief position.

His last position with the LAPD was as commander of the LAPD West Bureau.

Between September 1997 and August 1998, he served as commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Community Police Station.

Among his local community activities, Kerstein served several years as commentator in the annual July 4th “Westchester on Parade.”

Kerstein’s parents and a sister live in Henderson. Kerstein said he plans to keep his Villa Marina condominium and lease it out during his stay in Henderson.