Ted Mertens was elected to the Indian Wells City Council on November 6, 2012. Prior to his election, from 2007 to 2009, he was appointed to the City’s Architecture and Landscape Committee and served as Vice-Chairman.
As a dedicated city government public servant, Council Member Mertens retired from a 33-year career in law enforcement. Twenty of those 33 years, Council Member Mertens held the title of Chief of Police.
During his fourteen years as Chief of Police of Manhattan Beach and as a vice president for the California Police Chiefs' Association and while serving as President of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association, on numerous occasions, Mertens successfully 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 to obtain grant funding and support imperative to law enforcement initiatives in California.
While serving as President of Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association, Mertens was instrumental in creating several regional task forces, which then served as models for nationwide standards for information and resource sharing throughout the United States.
In addition, since 2007, Mertens serves as President of Colony Cove Homeowners Association in Indian Wells.
Mertens earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, San Jose. He is a world traveler whose passion is fly-fishing.
He and his wife of forty years, JL, have lived in Indian Wells since 2000. He is the father of four beautiful daughters who have blessed him with six grandchildren.