Release Date/Time: 12/28/2015 1:05 PM
Incident: Retirement of Deputy Chief Terry Gerhardstein
Date: Wednesday, 12/30/2015
Time: 7:30 AM
Location: City Hall Rotunda @ 200 Lincoln Ave.
The Salinas Police Department would like to announce the retirement of Deputy Chief Terry Gerhardstein. His final briefing will be Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. in the Rotunda at City Hall.
Terry was born and raised in Mason, Michigan. He joined the United States Army Military Police Corps and served 5 ½ years in Berlin, Germany and Ft Ord, California as a Military Police Officer and Military Police Investigator. In June of 1985, he was honorably discharged from the military at the rank of Sergeant and two weeks later was hired by the Salinas Police Department. He graduated from the Rio Hondo Police Academy in Whittier, California in November of 1985 and has been with the Salinas Police Department for the past 30 ½ years.
During his time as a patrol officer, Terry worked a number of assignments to include: Field Training Officer (FTO), Violence Suppression Unit (VSU), Narcotics, and SWAT.
Terry was promoted to the rank of Corporal in July of 1999, where he worked assignments as a Field Training Officer, Regional Training Officer at the Gavilan College Police Academy, and Detective.
In November of 2000, Terry was promoted to Sergeant and worked the following assignments: Patrol Sergeant, FTO Sergeant, VSU, Internal Affairs, Special Operations, and Deputy Platoon Commander of the Mobile Field Force.
Terry was promoted to Acting Commander in November of 2009 and permanently promoted to Commander in August of 2010. He has served as the North Area Commander, Watch Commander, Investigations Commander, and Tactical Commander.
Terry was promoted to Deputy Chief in September of 2012 and has supervised the Patrol, Administration and Investigations Divisions.
Terry was an instructor in several areas to include chemical weapons, defensive tactics, and racial profiling. He holds an Associate's Degree in Administration of Justice from Hartnell College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from St Mary's College, where he graduated with honors. Terry received the Salinas Police Activities League's (PAL) 'Volunteer of the Year” award in 1995, the Monterey County Peace Officers Association 'Officer of the Year” award in 1990, and the Monterey County Peace Officers Association 'Distinguished Service Award” in 1990.
Terry has donated many hours of community service to organizations such as Salinas PAL, Little League Baseball, 4H, San Francisco Giants Junior Giants Baseball League, Salinas Air Show and the Veterans Day Parade.
Release Authorized by: Sgt. K. Robinson