Dan DeSmidt Named Belmont's Top Cop

The 25-year veteran police officer attended Belmont schools and has risen through the ranks of the department to become chief.


Starting July 1, Belmont will have a new Chief of Police.

On Wednesday, Belmont City Manager Greg Scoles announced the appointment of Captain Daniel J. DeSmidt as  Belmont's newest chief. DeSmidt will replace Don Mattei who has served as chief since 2004.

DeSmidt is a 25 year veteran of the and has served as second in command of the department for the last few years. 

A Belmont native, DeSmidt attended , and schools. He holds a master's degree in public administration from California State University, Hayward.

"I can't think of a better person for the job," said Belmont teacher and former city councilmember .

"Dan grew up in our community, and went to our schools. He is a great facilitator and knows how to bring people together. Dan is a calming voice for the residents of Belmont and will do a great job as chief," Metropulos added.

DeSmidt has risen through the ranks of the department and served as school resource officer, patrol sergeant, press information officer, detective sergeant, and support services lieutenant until his appointment as captain. 

A graduate of the FBI National Academy, DeSmidt is also a veteran of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s SWAT team where he has served as crisis negotiator and tactical commander.

According to a police department spokesperson, DeSmidt has helped manage the department's budget during difficult fiscal times and always found ways to retain the Department’s high level of service for the community. 

DeSmidt said, “I’m humbled and honored to be chosen to lead the outstanding men and women of the Belmont Police Department. Together we will work to build upon the trust and mutual respect that has been forged with this vibrant community.”

 “Dan’s professionalism and leadership has helped shape the Belmont Police Department into one of the most responsive law enforcement agencies on the Peninsula,” said Scoles.

“I am very impressed by Dan’s enthusiasm and strong commitment to the community and I can’t imagine Belmont finding anyone with a greater combination of integrity and experience for this important position,” Scoles added.

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Eric Dentler June 20, 2012 at 09:31 PM
This is really good news for our town. Captain DeSmidt is a really great guy and strong leader. Thanks-Eric
Denny Lawhern June 21, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Could not have selected a better person for Police Chief. I have known Dan for many years and have worked with him on many projects around the City. He is the best. Denny Lawhern Belmont Historian
Belmont June 21, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Congratulations, Chief Dan DeSmidt it is reassuring to know you have been appointed as Police Chief. I have been impressed with your professionalism related to your detective work...Congrats once again...Belmont is in good hands...
Mary Morrissey Parden June 21, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Congratulations Chief! Dan there are so many reasons that Belmont will be better for having you lead the police department. All the best!
Pearl August 11, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Great news! Congratulations Chief DeSmidt! Belmont is indeed fortunate to have you at the helm.


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