BRENTWOOD – Capt. Tim Herbert, a longtime Brentwood police officer, will be the city’s new police chief, replacing Tom Hansen, who is retiring next week.
Herbert was promoted after an internal recruitment and interviews by Brentwood city officials and City Manager Tim Ogden. He will become chief on Sept. 28.
A Brentwood resident, Herbert has 31 years of law enforcement experience. In December, he was tapped to serve as acting captain for a month while Hansen temporarily worked as assistant city manager when staffing was low. Capt. Doug Silva also served as acting chief the month prior.
“I thought what a great opportunity for the captains to get a little taste of the seat,” Hansen said at the time. “This has been a great succession planning exercise.”
Herbert has worked for the Brentwood Police Department since 2002, having served as support services captain since 2019, as well as in a variety of leadership positions as lieutenant and sergeant overseeing budgeting, training, recruiting, internal affairs and the patrol division since 2010.
He has a master’s degree in criminal justice, and a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior. He is a member of the California Police Chief Association and has completed POST management and development courses.
As the next police chief, Herbert also will serve as a member of the Brentwood
executive team reporting to Ogden and participating in citywide management efforts.
“I am excited at the opportunity to lead the men and women of the Brentwood Police Department and serve the citizens of Brentwood,” Herbert said. “I’m eager to get started on this exciting journey as the next police chief.”
The city manager praised Herbert for his service.
“He will continue to bring integrity and passion to the city and will serve all of the community well,” Ogden said.
Hansen, who has worked with Herbert for more than 20 years, added that the incoming chief “is committed to this community” and has overwhelming support from the police department and city staff.
“As far as him becoming a police chief, it’s obvious he’s been preparing for 31 years, during his whole career,” Hansen said in an interview. “He’s an upstanding person. He’s smart. He cares about the community, and he’s gonna do fantastic as the new police chief.”
Chief since 2017, Hansen will retire after 35 years in law enforcement, including 27 years in Brentwood.
The city will host the transfer-of-command ceremony on Wednesday. Hansen will make his final log-off call to dispatch, and Herbert will be sworn in as the new chief. The ceremony will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.