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July 2, 2007
Capt. John Klein will be sworn in today as the new Newport Beach police chief during a brief ceremony at 9 a.m. at the City Hall chambers on the Balboa Peninsula, officials said. Klein, 50, replaces Bob McDonell, who announced his retirement two years ago and served as police chief for nearly 14 years. Klein, a 27-year department veteran, was one of three captains in the city's police department. He has worked as a narcotics and crimes-against-persons detective, an executive assistant, and 18 years in the SWAT unit.
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By Joseph Serna | June 10, 2009
Newport Beach Police Chief John Klein will receive more than $250,000 from the city in a lump-sum payment after he retires as the department’s leader July 10, according to details of his signed agreement. Klein will be paid $250,079.22 from Newport Beach — a sum of his accrued leave time, guaranteed six months severance listed in his contract with the city, and pro-rated 58 days of work he is owed for leaving before the usual 90-day notice. City officials announced Tuesday Klein has decided to step down as chief amid a union-push to have the city investigate past promotions — including Klein’s.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | April 27, 2007
FOR THE RECORD A story Thursday, "27-year veteran is named police chief," incorrectly spelled the name of Newport Beach Police Capt. John Klein, who will become chief on July 1. . . . The city of Newport Beach announced Wednesday that Police Capt. John Klein, a 27-year veteran of the department, will replace Chief Bob McDonell this summer. Klein, who now runs the department's patrol and traffic division, will take office on July 1. For the next two months Kline will shadow his boss, learning about the role of chief — one of the few positions he has not yet filled in the department where he has spent his entire career.
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By Joseph Serna | April 19, 2010
Newport will begin interviewing candidates for police chief in a few weeks, City Manager Dave Kiff said Friday. The city has been without a permanent chief since last summer, when John Klein retired after two years in the position. Newport Beach hired Robert Luman, who has nearly 40 years’ experience in law enforcement, to lead the department through necessary changes. Luman’s one-year term will end by July. He was paid $230,000. In the first week of May, two members of the Civil Service Board and city managers from other cities who have experience in police chief recruiting will interview between eight and 12 candidates, Kiff said.
NEWS
November 2, 2004
Jeff Benson A man died at around 1 p.m. Monday after driving his red Chrysler convertible into a tree in the raised center divider on Ford Road. The car, traveling westbound from MacArthur Boulevard, was damaged on its left and front sides and caught fire after it struck the trunk of a tree nearly 2 feet wide, Newport Beach Lt. John Klein said. The man, the vehicle's only occupant, was found dead at the scene, he said. "It was a pretty significant tree -- probably one of the larger ones you'll find in center dividers," Klein said.
NEWS
October 28, 2003
Deepa Bharath Police and federal agents on Sunday arrested a 34-year-old man they suspect to be the "Give Me More Bandit," who robbed four Newport-Mesa banks over the last two months, officials said. Officials caught up with Moundir Kamil at about 10:20 p.m. Sunday at Long Beach Airport as he returned from New York, said Newport Beach Police Lt. John Klein. Kamil reportedly robbed the Wells Fargo branch in Costa Mesa on Aug. 6 and two Bank of America branches in Newport Beach on Sept.
NEWS
June 14, 2003
Deepa Bharath Police say they don't know what to make of a report that a man stopped his car in a Dover Shores neighborhood and asked a 9-year-old boy to help him look for his dog. Lt. John Klein said the incident was reported on Monday in the 1900 block of Holiday Road. "The child went back in his house and did not respond," he said. "And that was the right thing for the boy to do." Klein said the man was reportedly in his 60s, with white hair.
NEWS
February 4, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Police arrest man after stabbing Police arrested a 28-year-old Costa Mesa man early Saturday morning on suspicion of attempted murder after he reportedly stabbed another man during an argument outside Alejandro's Mexican Restaurant, officials said. Mario Remijio reportedly pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim once on the upper body after "words were exchanged" outside the restaurant at the corner of 19th Street and Placentia Avenue at about 1:45 a.m., Costa Mesa Police Detective Sgt. Jack Archer said.
NEWS
October 19, 2002
-- Deepa Bharath BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS 2 arrested in home invasion robbery Police arrested two people on Tuesday in connection with an armed home invasion robbery on the Balboa Peninsula on Saturday, officials said. Carlos Alfredo Diaz, 31, of Anaheim and Maricela Alejandre, 21, of Compton were arrested on suspicion of armed robbery. Police said they forced their way into a home in the 1900 block of East Bay Avenue, held the residents at gunpoint and took about $60,000 in cash and jewelry.
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By Jill Cowan | April 1, 2013
A retired Newport Beach police officer has filed the latest in a string of lawsuits initiated by various parties over the past few years alleging that the department had been riddled with corruption and favoritism. Robert Morton, in his lawsuit filed Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court, alleged that department leaders retaliated against him after he reported illegal promotional practices and questioned lucrative side agreements for former Police Chief Bob McDonnell, among others, that allowed them to "double dip" into public coffers.
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By Joseph Serna | April 19, 2010
Newport will begin interviewing candidates for police chief in a few weeks, City Manager Dave Kiff said Friday. The city has been without a permanent chief since last summer, when John Klein retired after two years in the position. Newport Beach hired Robert Luman, who has nearly 40 years’ experience in law enforcement, to lead the department through necessary changes. Luman’s one-year term will end by July. He was paid $230,000. In the first week of May, two members of the Civil Service Board and city managers from other cities who have experience in police chief recruiting will interview between eight and 12 candidates, Kiff said.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | February 3, 2010
On Wednesday morning, when the Newport Beach Police Department promoted three of its officers in a ceremony, the force looked to put well more than a year of litigation, investigations and morale issues behind it. Thanks to some outside consulting from Donnoe & Associates, a firm that specializes in creating promotion exams for public organizations, Newport Beach seems to have taken a leap toward restoring its officers’ faith in a system...
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | July 9, 2009
Newport Beach has a new chief of police starting today, and his name is Robert Luman, a law enforcement veteran of nearly four decades. Luman, 62, is taking over the department as interim chief for the next six months under a $110,000 contract after John Klein announced his intention to step down last month. Klein had been with the department for 30 years, the last two as chief of police. Luman started his career with Long Beach police in 1968 and rose to become chief in 1996.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 10, 2009
Newport Beach Police Chief John Klein will receive more than $250,000 from the city in a lump-sum payment after he retires as the department’s leader July 10, according to details of his signed agreement. Klein will be paid $250,079.22 from Newport Beach — a sum of his accrued leave time, guaranteed six months severance listed in his contract with the city, and pro-rated 58 days of work he is owed for leaving before the usual 90-day notice. City officials announced Tuesday Klein has decided to step down as chief amid a union-push to have the city investigate past promotions — including Klein’s.
NEWS
By Paul Anderson and Brianna Bailey | June 9, 2009
Embattled Newport Beach Police Chief John Klein has announced that he would step down, officials said Tuesday. The surprising announcement about Klein, who has been assailed by union leaders in recent weeks for the way he was promoted, was made at a City Council meeting. He will leave the top post later this month. The city’s Civil Service Board is investigating the way the city promotes its officers after it has come to light that City Manager Home Bludau did not follow the correct procedure when promoting him to top cop two years ago. Bludau has said he thought he followed the right protocol and wanted to promote from within because he felt that was best for morale.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | March 17, 2009
Newport Beach police Chief John Klein’s appointment to the position in 2007 could be invalidated pending an investigation by the Civil Service Board, officials familiar with city code suggested. City Ordinance No. 866 requires the chief to be selected from a list of candidates. That list is compiled through an “open” recruitment, meaning a recruitment “not restricted to city employees,” according to the ordinance. In the March 2 Civil Service Board staff report, and confirmed by a city official, Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau recruited Klein from a closed recruitment, meaning it was limited to city employees.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | July 2, 2008
Tuesday marked one year to the day that Newport Beach Police Chief John Klein was sworn into office. In his first days as chief, the department was preparing for the Fourth of July, and officers were still reeling from having to shoot a man fatally in self-defense. In an interview marking the anniversary as his first day as chief, Klein spoke on issues facing the city and what’s changed. Following are excerpts from the interview.   Q. When was a time in which it was hard to find the best in something?
NEWS
July 2, 2007
Capt. John Klein will be sworn in today as the new Newport Beach police chief during a brief ceremony at 9 a.m. at the City Hall chambers on the Balboa Peninsula, officials said. Klein, 50, replaces Bob McDonell, who announced his retirement two years ago and served as police chief for nearly 14 years. Klein, a 27-year department veteran, was one of three captains in the city's police department. He has worked as a narcotics and crimes-against-persons detective, an executive assistant, and 18 years in the SWAT unit.
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