Capt. Davis Norris, whose career at the San Mateo Police Department spans nearly three decades, will become the chief of Menlo Park Police Department on March 22. (Photo courtesy of San Mateo Police Department)

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San Mateo Police Department veteran Capt. David Norris has been selected as the next police chief of Menlo Park, with his duties expected to start on March 22, Menlo Park City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson announced.

Norris had been a member of the San Mateo department since 1993, first as a police service aide and working his way up to police officer, police sergeant, police lieutenant and, for the past six years, police captain, serving as acting/interim police chief for periods from 2019-20.

Jerome-Robinson called Norris “a well-respected and experienced law enforcement executive and who will be a strong partner on our Menlo Park team. He brings an open mind, valuable insights and the necessary skills to help mentor and lead our police department.”

“I am proud to work in a county where police departments prioritize our connection with our community and our ability to work collaboratively with our communities and each other,” Norris said in a statement. “It was incredibly important to me to take on a responsibility like police chief locally. I’m excited to get to know the people who live, work and play here in Menlo Park and the dedicated professionals who serve this community.”

His San Mateo police colleagues lauded Norris’s achievements.

“Among Dave’s significant accomplishments are his foundational work in SMPD’s highly regarded Community and Media Relations program, bringing the San Mateo community into a much more informed two-way relationship with the police, his procurement and implementation of body worn cameras for SMPD personnel, and his service in conjunction with other city departments in both community traffic safety strategies and crime prevention through environmental design,” the department said in a news release.