Long Beach Police commander hired on ...

Long Beach Police commander hired on as chief of Newport Beach Police

There are 46 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Jun 21, 2010, titled Long Beach Police commander hired on as chief of Newport Beach Police. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

Long Beach Police Commander Jay Johnson will trade his Long Beach blues for Newport Blues as the Orange County City's new Chief of Police.

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Since: May 09

Long Beach

#2 Jun 21, 2010
Way to go, Jay!!
Jackie4LB

Paramount, CA

#3 Jun 21, 2010
Why is it that other cities in our surrounding area find the qualifications of Long Beach Police Officers to be worthy of making them Chief of Police in for their cities, yet Long Beach shunned their own officers by going outside of Long Beach to hire their Chief of Police?

Why does Long Beach spend millions of dollars training police chiefs for other cities rather than spending the money training their own police chief?

Why did the Mayor and Council choose Long Beach's police chief from outside the city, but didn't have the intestinal fortitude to look their own police command staff in the eye and tell them they didn't get the job?

What is Mayor Foster going to do now to bolster any credibility with the police department? Does this mean Foster will be seeking another raise for the cops in attempts to buy his way out of another problem he created? Why not? It works for everything else.
WAX

Whittier, CA

#4 Jun 21, 2010
First I would say that the current chief is very qualified to be chief in the city. He has alot of experience and is a great asset to LBPD. However, in just a few months we lost three commanders to other cities, after they were chosen to be chief's of police. These three commanders were extremly qualified to be chief of police for LBPD. They were well rounded indivisuals and had common sense. They will be missed.

I don't see any of the current commanders qualified to ever be chief of police for LBPD. Most of them have big egos and are two-faced.
uhyea

Fullerton, CA

#5 Jun 21, 2010
WAX wrote:
First I would say that the current chief is very qualified to be chief in the city. He has alot of experience and is a great asset to LBPD. However, in just a few months we lost three commanders to other cities, after they were chosen to be chief's of police. These three commanders were extremly qualified to be chief of police for LBPD. They were well rounded indivisuals and had common sense. They will be missed.
I don't see any of the current commanders qualified to ever be chief of police for LBPD. Most of them have big egos and are two-faced.
Many of the commanders being selected for other cities as chiefs applied way before the selection of the Long Beach Chief. They applied because they did not want to work for that liar Luna. Luna walked around with a skip in his pathetic little step confident he was the next chief. Blair also thought he was the next chief but Luna was playing the race card. Luckily they went outside. Jay is an outstanding choice for any department.
TRUTH

Long Beach, CA

#6 Jun 21, 2010
Because it is oftentimes advantageous to have some one from the outside with a fresh look and different ideas to help keep a department from stagnating and get them out of the "but that's the way we have always done it" attitude.
Jackie4LB wrote:
Why is it that other cities in our surrounding area find the qualifications of Long Beach Police Officers to be worthy of making them Chief of Police in for their cities, yet Long Beach shunned their own officers by going outside of Long Beach to hire their Chief of Police?
Why does Long Beach spend millions of dollars training police chiefs for other cities rather than spending the money training their own police chief?
Why did the Mayor and Council choose Long Beach's police chief from outside the city, but didn't have the intestinal fortitude to look their own police command staff in the eye and tell them they didn't get the job?
What is Mayor Foster going to do now to bolster any credibility with the police department? Does this mean Foster will be seeking another raise for the cops in attempts to buy his way out of another problem he created? Why not? It works for everything else.
RW Crum

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Jun 21, 2010
Jackie4LB wrote:
Why is it that other cities in our surrounding area find the qualifications of Long Beach Police Officers to be worthy of making them Chief of Police in for their cities, yet Long Beach shunned their own officers by going outside of Long Beach to hire their Chief of Police?
Why does Long Beach spend millions of dollars training police chiefs for other cities rather than spending the money training their own police chief?
Why did the Mayor and Council choose Long Beach's police chief from outside the city, but didn't have the intestinal fortitude to look their own police command staff in the eye and tell them they didn't get the job?
What is Mayor Foster going to do now to bolster any credibility with the police department? Does this mean Foster will be seeking another raise for the cops in attempts to buy his way out of another problem he created? Why not? It works for everything else.
Why? Why? Why? Sheeshh....

Long Beach picked the best available candidate when they got McDonnell. He's young enough that he'll be around another 10-15 years if he wants. The other in house candidates effectively had their career paths blunted with his selection. However, that's the way of the world. Rather than whine and make baseless accusations,you could be happy that Long Beach produces people other cities want.
LBRes65

Long Beach, CA

#8 Jun 21, 2010
Neither Blair or Luna is qualified to be Chief...and with dingleberries like Quach, Renaud, Farinela and Meyer as Commanders, all the good candidates left the department...Mc Donnell is very qualified but i think he has his hands full with the mayor and the left over Command staff.. Good Luck Jimmy
simple really

Chapel Hill, NC

#12 Jun 21, 2010
To Jay .... CONGRATULATIONS!!! you'll do a great job!

To the others who are whining about LBPD/city of LB not chosing from within...what type of cheese would you like with your whine! I do agree with "TRUTH"...sometimes it is adventageous to find someone from outside!
Johnny Utah

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Jun 21, 2010
From the LBC to Newport. That is rolling country club style! This guy has it made in the shade now! Good for him!
Glenn Matsuki

Glendale, CA

#16 Jun 21, 2010
We will miss you Commander Johnson.
Thank you for your tireless efforts in our behalf.
Rob Marroche

Victorville, CA

#17 Jun 21, 2010
Having known Jay for years, I can tell you that the City of Newport Beach has just become a safer City and it's police officer's are very lucky to have Jay leading them into the futre. He will be missed in Long Beach, but the citizens of Newport Beach are very lucky to have such an honest person, who really cares about making a difference!
Retired LBPD

Mankato, MN

#18 Jun 21, 2010
Long Beach's loss is Newport Beach's gain. Congrats to Jay and all the others who are now the leaders of neighboring cities. Godspeed and stay safe Enjoy the path your careers take you.
Not Crazy Horse

Long Beach, CA

#19 Jun 21, 2010
Crazy Horse wrote:
Johnson will be good for a little department like Newport Beach. I never thought he could run a large department.
Your name says it all "CRAZY"......get a life! You don't know what you're talking about, the department has lost a great man.
Talk Talk Talk

Los Angeles, CA

#21 Jun 21, 2010
uhyea wrote:
<quoted text>Blair also thought he was the next chief but Luna was playing the race card. Luckily they went outside. Jay is an outstanding choice for any department.
Tonia Reyes Uranga played the race card, not Luna! Her vocal support posioned any chance Luna may have had for the Chief position.
Wow

United States

#22 Jun 21, 2010
Looks like more City of LB management jumping ship for greener pastures and a few more will probably bail before the dust finally settles. Looks like Foster and West are really great to work for.....not!
lb res

United States

#23 Jun 21, 2010
Talk Talk Talk wrote:
<quoted text>
Tonia Reyes Uranga played the race card, not Luna! Her vocal support posioned any chance Luna may have had for the Chief position.
And here I thought it was the rocks in his head that kept him from the job.
Talk Talk Talk

Los Angeles, CA

#24 Jun 21, 2010
Jackie4LB wrote:
Why is it that other cities in our surrounding area find the qualifications of Long Beach Police Officers to be worthy of making them Chief of Police in for their cities, yet Long Beach shunned their own officers by going outside of Long Beach to hire their Chief of Police?

*REALITY CHECK*

Carlsbad PD has 115 sworn officers
Huntington Park has 73 sworn officers
Newport Beach has 149 sworn officers
Long Beach PD has over 900 sworn officers

These guys left a major agency to become Chief in small departments. They supervised more people in their LBPD divisions than they'll manage as Chief in small towns, and they won't face the torture of a fractured, dysfunctional Council of 9 districts, or the burden of rebuilding the morale of a workforce scarred by years of Phony Tony!

Long Beach had to go outside for a seasoned veteran who was worthy of taking on the POA.
Talk Talk Talk

Los Angeles, CA

#25 Jun 21, 2010
lb res wrote:
<quoted text> And here I thought it was the rocks in his head that kept him from the job.
Gotta admit... that's HILARIOUS!!!!
lb res

United States

#27 Jun 21, 2010
Talk Talk Talk wrote:
<quoted text>
*REALITY CHECK*
Carlsbad PD has 115 sworn officers
Huntington Park has 73 sworn officers
Newport Beach has 149 sworn officers
Long Beach PD has over 900 sworn officers
These guys left a major agency to become Chief in small departments. They supervised more people in their LBPD divisions than they'll manage as Chief in small towns, and they won't face the torture of a fractured, dysfunctional Council of 9 districts, or the burden of rebuilding the morale of a workforce scarred by years of Phony Tony!
Long Beach had to go outside for a seasoned veteran who was worthy of taking on the POA.
Well your close. Johnson could have run LBPD very well. He is smart enough and the cops would have followed him, but bottom line is his resume (or anyone else's in the process) just didnt match up to the new Chief (who is still trying to get up to speed). He will do a great job in Newport and they will love him, LBPD and the new Chief will miss him. As far as size of the LBPD Foster and West have downsized the PD to about 860 and dropping. I am willing to bet we see 800 to high 700's in the next year or so. The big plus for Johnson is he wont have to deal with the likes of Foster or West anymore.
As far as taking on the POA, the new Chief isnt going to do that either. Why would he, that fight has been played out years ago by another LB Chief from LA and it ended him. History wont repeat itself, Mcdonall is alot smarter than that (thus his stellar resume).
Jamuca

Boron, CA

#28 Jun 21, 2010
Long Beach got the best chief with McDonald. Yes, some of the non-loyal staff will leave. The place needs to be shaken up big time and return to honesty. Getting the old boy command staff gone is a big step toward improving the department. Nice that batts found another lesser job to go to and the same with all the others. The more that leave the better. Things have to change and this is the way to do it. The department needs to pick deputy chiefs, commanders and LTs from the outside!Look all over the country with flyers and get the best management at all levels. Just because you were hired at Long Beach does not mean that you have a silver spoon in your mouthand should be promoted. Go outside at all levels. This way the stick together and not tell the truth will stop. HaHA they don't trust outsiders.

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