City of Bellevue City Administrator Dan Berlowitz has named Mark Elbert as the City’s Chief of Police. Chief Elbert has served as the City’s Interim Police Chief since June, 2012 following the resignation of former Police Chief John Stacey Jr.
Chief Elbert has been with the Bellevue Police Department since 1996 after starting his career in law enforcement as a police officer with the City of Fremont in 1994. He has a Masters Degree in Leadership Studies from Bellevue University, a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Dakota and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Before being named Interim Police Chief, Chief Elbert worked his way up the ranks of the department to the rank of Captain where he was responsible for overseeing the Uniform Patrol Division and served as the Operations Commander for the South Metro SWAT Team. Since being named Interim Chief, Chief Elbert has restructured the department to be more efficient while managing a $14 million budget. Chief Elbert has also played a key role in the design of the new Public Safety Facility on Wall Street which will be the new home of the Bellevue Police Department once completed.
City Administrator Berlowitz chose Chief Elbert for the position after conducting an extensive interview process with the final three candidates for the position as certified by the Bellevue Civil Service Commission. Retired Omaha Police Captain and Fort Dodge, Iowa Police Chief, Timothy Carmody as well as retired Omaha Deputy Chief Mark Sundermeier were the other finalists for the position. “Chief Elbert has impressed me with his leadership and initiative while serving as Interim Police Chief, said City Administrator Berlowitz. “We had some great candidates for the position but Mark has fit in very well with our management team and I look forward to him leading our great police department as the City of Bellevue continues to grow.”
Chief Elbert will take over the permanent duties of the Chief of Police effective immediately.