Newport Beach will have a new police chief soon.
City officials announced Monday that, after a nationwide search, they have picked Long Beach Police Commander Jay R. Johnson to lead the Newport force. The 23-year Long Beach veteran will take over from Robert Luman, who has served as interim chief since last summer.
Luman had come out of retirement to oversee the police department during the city's recruitment of a new chief, after Police Chief John Klein's departure. Luman was a former police chief in Long Beach.
Johnson, who turns 45 today, will start in his new job July 3 — the Saturday of the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend. He was one of two finalists for the job, edging out retired Los Angeles Police Department Asst. Chief Michael Bostic, according to a Daily Pilot report from last week. City Manager Dave Kiff would not confirm Bostic's finalist status for confidentiality reasons.