The Bear Valley CSD Board of Directors unanimously approved Dan Suttles as the new Chief of the Bear Valley Police Department and Director of Public Safety.
Suttles is a Marine Corps veteran who has spent his 18-year law enforcement career in Glendale,California. During that time, he has served as a Patrol Officer, SWAT Operator, and Investigator. As Sergeant, he worked in Patrol, Investigations, Internal Affairs, and as an Adjutant to the Chief of Police. As Lieutenant, he has most recently served as Watch Commander overseeing 26 Patrol Officers.
Suttles says he was using job postings as a tool to outline career pathing when he came across the BVPD Chief recruitment brochure, but was not looking to change jobs. Our desire to preserve our values and traditions stood out in a sea of departments looking for change. His curiosity was piqued by the novelty of a community that was happy with who and what they were. He began learning more about us by contacting the BVSA, the Veterans’ Association, the Wildlife Coalition, and other groups to hear from them what they loved about Bear Valley Springs. When he learned that our community values reflected his own beliefs, he felt this was an opportunity he could not ignore.
"I am honored to have been invited to be part of the Bear Valley CSD team. I’m incredibly excited to get to know the men and women who operate the front gate and work at the PD. I’m also looking forward to knowing the community members that make Bear ValleySprings such a great place." says Suttles.
Suttles intends to relocate to Bear Valley Springs. He will take over from Interim Chief Jeff Kermode on February 28, 2022.