Deputy Chiefs

Terry Gerhardstein

Deputy Chief Terry GerhardsteinTerry was born and raised in Mason, Michigan and began his law enforcement career in 1979 as a Military Police Officer. He served over five years in the United States Army in Berlin, Germany and Ft Ord, California. Terry was hired by the Salinas Police Department in 1985 and worked a variety of assignments to include Patrol, Field Training Officer, Violence Suppression Unit, Vice & Narcotics, and SWAT. He was promoted to Corporal in 1999 and served as a Field Training Officer, Regional Training Officer, and Detective. In 2000 he was promoted to Sergeant and served as a Patrol Sergeant, Internal Affairs Sergeant, Violence Suppression Unit and SWAT Team Sergeant and the Special  Operations Sergeant. In 2010, Terry was promoted to Commander and served as the North Area Commander, Watch Commander, and later as the Investigations Commander. In 2012, Terry was promoted to Deputy Chief and currently serves as the Chief of the Investigations/Administration Division.

Terry has an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Hartnell College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from St. Mary’s College. In 1990 he received the Monterey County Peace Officers’ Association’s Officer of the Year Award and in 1995 he received the Salinas Police Activities League Volunteer of the Year Award.

In his spare time, Terry enjoys playing softball, outdoor activities, and traveling with his wife. Terry and his wife have been married for 27 years and have two adult daughters.


Dan Perez

Deputy Chief Perez began his law enforcement career in 1985 with the Monterey Co. Sheriff’s Dept. He joined the Salinas Police Department in 1992. As an officer he worked patrol, was a field training officer and SWAT team member. He was promoted to Police Corporal in 1993 and Sergeant in 1995. He was the sergeant of the Violence Suppression Unit, Personnel and Training, and Traffic Unit.

He promoted to Lieutenant in 2001 and Police Commander in 2005. He managed units in all three divisions of the department: Patrol, Investigations, and Administration. He served as Area Commander for North, East and South Salinas. He was a Tactical and Incident Commander for many critical incidents and planned events. He promoted to Deputy Chief in 2013, and is currently the Operations Division Chief.

Dan grew up in Salinas and is an Alisal High graduate. He has a Criminal Justice degree from Hartnell College, a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco, and a Master’s degree in Human Resources from Chapman University. He's a graduate of the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute and Command College. He was the Alisal Betterment Association's Officer of the Year in 2002, and received the Police Department's Outstanding Service Award in 2011. He is a two time recipient of the Monterey Co. Peace Officers Association's Award of Merit. He served on the board of directors for three local non-profit agencies.

Photography is one of Dan’s greatest passions. He often volunteers his photo skills at local sports events. Dan is married and the proud father of three great kids.

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