Chief Jack Van Etten of the Burlingame Police Department retired following a 36 year career in the Law Enforcement Profession with BPD. He grew up in Half Moon Bay, attended Serra High School in San Mateo, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s Degree from Golden Gate University, as well as a California Lifetime Teaching Credential. In retirement Jack continues to maintain active membership in several Professional Law Enforcement Associations and is "Life" Member of the California Peace Officers Association and the Peninsula Police Officers Association.
Jack has been a member of the 100 Club of San Mateo County Board for the past 10 years, having served as Secretary, Vice President and President in 2009. In retirement, Jack is active in the 100 Club, USF and in Lions Clubs International, the largest service organization in the world, where he currently serves as the 2014 - 2015 District Governor for 42 Lions Clubs in District 4-C4, serving San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Jack has created and teaches Disaster Preparedness and Relief training to other Lions Districts throughout the state and will chair a statewide board to standardize all of California Lions Clubs responses to local state disasters.
Jack resides in Burlingame with the love of his life, his wife of 38 years Lynn, their adult daughter Kristi, and one of the friendliest and most loyal German Shepherd Dogs you’ll ever meet, Rex. In his spare time, Jack and his family enjoy trips to North Lake Tahoe and are "die hard" season ticket holders for all USF Men's Basketball games!