NEWPORT BEACH – Tom Gazsi won't be making much of a move next month when he takes over as Costa Mesa's new police chief.
The 51-year-old law enforcement veteran will become the top cop in his hometown, yet he's worn the uniform of a police officer for neighboring Newport Beach for the past 32 years.
Gazsi has deep roots in Costa Mesa. He grew up on Paloma Drive, near the intersection of 20th Street and Irvine Avenue, and has lived his entire life in the Newport-Mesa area.
He began his career in law enforcement by working as a front desk clerk at the Newport Beach Police Department. Gazsi said he found his passion as a policeman early on, and has never lost it.
"I went down a path for having a heart for law enforcement," Gazsi said during an interview in his captain's office at NBPD headquarters near Fashion Island.