J.K. Mills was elected the town Marshall in 1910 with 66 votes.
Chester Palmer was listed as the town Marshall in 1911.
Arthur Marshall was paid $75.00 a month as a "Night Watchman" on April 15, 1918.
W.W. "Buck" Gipson was the City Marshall and paid $150 a month on April 18, 1922.
William A. Stiles was the City Marshall on March 20, 1923.
E.L. Messinger was listed as the City Marshall on April 19, 1926.
The population in 1926 was 6500.
Chiefs of Police:
1937 D.L. Evans
1942 Chief Evans enlists in Navy and Hollie Murray becomes Acting Chief of Police
1947 F.L. "Jack" Harlow
1957 to 1975 William H. Berlin
1975 to 1981 Claude G. Stonier
1982 to 1987 Frank Beeson
1987 to 1992 Steve Wisniewski (Public Safety Director)
1992 to 2001 Valentine Straser
2001 to 2006 Michael Lavin
2006 to 2012 Greg Savelli
The police department is currently authorized 39 sworn personnel. Our department has a Chief of Police, one Captain, two Lieutenants, eight Sergeants, and twenty-seven officers. The department has assignments in detectives, traffic, patrol, backgrounds and training, internal affairs, Community Lead Program and Narcotics K-9. We have volunteer programs, which include a Chaplain, Crisis Response Team, and Volunteers in Policing.
The City of Hermosa Beach has a mile and a half of beach which brings thousands to our city to enjoy the dining and entertainment areas downtown. Officers are assigned to events that include beach volleyball, concerts on the beach, surf festival, Hermosa Arts Fair, and the Hermosa Triathlon. The two biggest events are on the 4th of July and New Years. The entire department is deployed on these days.
Medal of Valor recipients:
William Cavenaugh 1979
James Chizmar 1982
Mark Wright 1986
Thomas Eckert 1986
John Kearin 1986
Timothy Turek 1995
Kurt Michel 1995
Dana M. Reinhardt 1995
Distinguished Service Award recipient:
Thomas Thompson 2005
Dean Garkow 2013
Josh Droz 2013