Posted February 4
The city of Bellevue has named Mark Elbert as the new police chief. City Administrator Dan Berlowitz made the announcement on Monday afternoon. Elbert has been the interim chief since June 2012.
Elbert has been with the department since 1996 after spending two years as a police officer in Fremont.
"Chief Elbert has impressed me with his leadership and initiative while serving as interim police chief," said Berlowitz.
"For sure, I think it's a relief that if anything else the process would come to an end," said Chief Elbert in an interview with Channel 6 News. "So we don't have that looming out there and we can get down to business."
Elbert says one big move is his biggest task in the near future.
The Bellevue police department will move into their new headquarters -- a renovated office complex -- next spring.
Elbert took over the department last summer following the resignation of John Stacey Jr.
Berlowitz is in charge of coordinating final interviews and selection. The finalists are:
Timothy Carmody has been police chief in Fort Dodge, Iowa since 2010. He previously served 22 years with the Omaha Police Department and retired in 2010 as captain. He has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Mark Elbert is currently serving as interim police chief for Bellevue. He has been with BPD since 1996. He has a Masters Degree in Leadership Studies, a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Mark Sundermeier is currently director of operations for Clark International, an executive protection, security and training company. He served 25 years with the Omaha Police Department and retired in 2009 as deputy chief. He has a Bachelors Degree in English with a Sociology minor. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
The previous Bellevue police chief, John Stacey, announced his resignation in May 2012.