Long Beach Police Commander Jay R. Johnson was named Monday morning as the next police chief of Newport Beach. He will begin his duties on July 3.
Johnson, who turns 45 on Tuesday, is replacing interim Police Chief Robert Luman who returned from retirement to serve the city while a new chief was being recruited.
Johnson underwent an extensive recruitment process though the city and a panel interview conducted by a cross-section of Newport Beach residents, City Mangager David Kiff said Monday.
“The police department here in Newport is a little unlike other police departments in that it is very community oriented. The community is used to getting to know their police chief and having him accessible though e-mail or over the phone,” Kiff said. “The purpose of the community panels was as much for the incoming chief as it was for the community. If he didn’t run away screaming, we knew that we could consider it a successful recruitment.”