In this important position, he will oversee communications with the media, presentations to city commissions, community relations, disaster communication, public records requests and school resource officers.
“It’s exceptionally challenging, extremely busy, and something to stretch your capacity and understanding of the many different facets that make up the city and keep this agency one of the top departments in California, if not the nation,” Myers told the Courier, describing his new role.
Despite the weight of his responsibilities, Myers and the rest of the department believes he is up to the challenge.
During his stellar 22-year tenure in the department, Myers has worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, undercover crime suppression officer and SWAT team member. Most recently, he was the Administrative Services Lieutenant and managed recruitment, hiring, training and special projects.
Myers launched the BHPD Instagram page in 2015 and grew its following by over 40,000 users in five years.
“I think it offers a unique perspective of behind the scenes of what we do here,” said Myers. “Social media shows that we are on the ground, that we are part of the community, and the community is part of us.”
Myers originally hails from a small town in Michigan that he jokes has “more cows than people.” He began his career in the U.S. Navy and served two tours aboard an aircraft carrier during the First Gulf War.
He was in charge of weapons assembly and inventory, which required keeping track of thousands of pieces including bombs, missiles, fuses and firearms. This is where he honed some of his core competencies of attention to detail, multitasking and organization—skills that he believes will be essential to success in his new role.
After finishing his service, Myers served three years in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department before joining the BHPD in 2002.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve the residents and community of Beverly Hills,” he said. “And it’s a great story to tell people of how I got from a small town to a premiere agency.”