Ted J. Mertens, Mayor

Ted J. Mertens, Mayor

Elected 2012, Re-Elected 2016, Current Term of Office 2020


Mayor Ted Mertens, a dedicated city government public servant for over 40 years, was elected to the Indian Wells City Council November 2012 and 2016.  He is currently in his second term.  He served as Indian Wells’ Mayor in 2013-2014 and is now Mayor for 2018-2019.

Throughout his terms as an elected official, Mayor Mertens’ focus is to continue to provide our city the best in public safety (police, fire and paramedic services).  As a member of the City’s Finance Committee, Mayor Mertens brings our residents transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility concerning all aspects of city government.  He encourages resident engagement through involvement and participation in their city government.

Mayor Mertens, a California native from Palo Alto, retired from a career spanning 33 years in law enforcement with 20 of those years holding the title of Chief of Police.  During 14 of those years, he served as Chief of Police of Manhattan Beach, California. On many occasions while serving as President of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association, he led a delegation of Police Chiefs to Washington, D.C.  The delegation met with senior White House officials, cabinet members, leading senators and congressional leaders.  He successfully obtained grant funding and support imperative to California law enforcement initiatives.  Mayor Mertens was instrumental in creating several regional task forces which served as models for national standards and resource sharing throughout the United States (LA Impact; LA Clearing House).

Mayor Mertens earned a Master of Public Administration degree from University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, San Jose.

Since 2000, Ted and his wife of 45 years, JL, have made Indian Wells their home.  Having visited more than 100 countries, they both have a passion for exploring exotic parts of the world, they love fly-fishing, real estate property development, and Ted loves golfing.

Mayor Mertens is the father of four beautiful daughters who have blessed him with seven energetic grandchildren.  Four of these blessings were born in the last seven years!  They keep their “Opa” young and provide chaos, love, and laughter to their family.