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Press Release: Tony Psaila Named Chief of Police
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 31, 2019
CONTACT: HANH TRAN- (650) 595-7404
Tony Psaila NAMED CITY’S TOP COP
Belmont, California — Belmont City Manager, Greg Scoles this morning announced the appointment of Captain Tony Psaila as Belmont’s newest Police Chief, effective July 14, 2019. He will replace retiring Police Chief, Dan DeSmidt who has served as Chief since 2012.
Psaila is a 30-year veteran of the Belmont Police Department and has served as one of the seconds in command of the Department for the past six years. He is a product of the Burlingame school system, where he graduated from Burlingame High, and later earned a bachelor’s degree from Union University. In addition, Psaila is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Psaila advanced through the ranks and served as Narcotics Special Agent, Motorcycle Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, SWAT Team Leader and Operations Captain.
Psaila has managed the Police Department’s recruitment and retention efforts and is credited with keeping staffing levels and moral high. Psaila said, “I’m humbled and honored to be chosen to lead the Belmont Police Department.”
Psaila now lives in Belmont with his wife Traci and two daughters, both of whom attended Belmont schools. “Tony’s close relationship with this community, coupled with his strong qualifications and connections within the law enforcement community make him a great fit to be Belmont’s next Chief of Police,” said Scoles.