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Civilian rises to rank of Division Commander

Shelley McKerren

Shelley McKerren

By Anthony F. Irwin

The Anaheim Police Department announced during a ceremony at the police department this week the appointment of its first civilian division commander and other accomplishments within the department.

On Wednesday, Shelley McKerren was appointed to Division Commander of APD’s Support Services Division, where she will manage information technology, dispatch, records and property and evidence. She is the first non-sworn employee in the department’s more than 100-year history to rise to a command-level position.

“It’ll be great for someone with such an extensive background in communications to fulfill such a crucial role,” Interim Police Chief Raul Quezada said.

McKerren grew up the daughter of a New Jersey reserve police officer and moved to Brea after graduating high school in the top 20 of her class.  She was Brea PD’s first female police cadet.

Years later, she became a police dispatcher at Hungtington Beach PD, where she met her husband, Dan.  She spent many years as a stay-at-home mother but eventually returned to Brea as a part-time police and fire dispatcher.

In July of 1995, she joined APD as Communications Manager and, in 2009, became the full time Information Technology Manager.

Also promoting were Lt. Bob Dunn, Sgts. Brian Browne, Chris Masilon, and Jeff Mundy; and Anna Vasquez as a dispatcher.  Sgt. Michael Bustamante and Officer Michael Brannigan retired after serving APD for a combined 64 years.

Earlier this year, Brannigan received the Life Saving Award after already earning Officer of the Year Award in 1999 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2005.  He and Ofc. Minh Nguyen worked together to revive a 53-year-old man having what could have been a fatal heart attack.

In his time at the department, Bustamante received the Special Recognition Award for revising the Field Training Officer Manual and Critical Task list.

Newly minted Lt. Bob Dunn most recently served as the public information officer, and has earned praise for his communications efforts during and after last summer’s unrest.

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