Today, we announced that Robert G. Luna will be the next Chief of Police for the City of Long Beach. Currently serving as Deputy Chief of Police, Chief Luna has 29 years of experience with the Long Beach Police, and has shown outstanding integrity, skill, and professionalism throughout his career. He is a great choice, and has my complete confidence.
Chief Luna’s service includes 13 years in executive management, including overseeing the Patrol Bureau and serving as second in command to Chief Jim McDonnell, the newly elected Sheriff of LA County. Chief Luna has led numerous innovative efforts at the department aimed at building positive relationships between the Police and the Long Beach community, managing reductions driven by budget cuts, and ultimately decreasing crime in the City.
Chief Luna holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Science from California State University Long Beach. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program and the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California. He takes charge of the Long Beach Police Department on November 22.
I’m proud that this appointment not only gives us an exemplary Police Chief, and represents the diversity that makes Long Beach great, but also that we will be able to have a seamless transition in leadership, without any need for an interim appointment. Our City Manager has done an excellent job of making a great appointment in a timely fashion.
I have 100% confidence that Chief Luna will lead our department with integrity, strength, and a commitment to community policing. He will ensure that we build a department for the 21st century.
Go Long Beach!