Jim McDonnell sworn in; 25th Chief of Police takes charge in Long Beach
2010-03-13 · By Barbara Holbrook
Mayor Bob Foster looked on as former California Governor George Deukmejian administered the oath of office to Jim McDonnell this morning at a public ceremony held in the Terrace Theater.
Although McDonnell has already spent much of the last month meeting with community leaders and getting to know the nearly 900 officers he will be leading, the ceremony makes it official—the 25th Chief of Police for the Long Beach Police Department is now in charge.
In early February, McDonnell was selected to replace Chief Anthony Batts after a four-month-long search that included six internal and three external candidate. Four separate panels interviewed the candidates before choosing McDonnell unanimously.
Previously, McDonnell served with the Los Angeles Police Department. He has trained criminal justice professionals on a variety of topics, such as leadership, ethics, community policing, handling line of duty deaths, and the recruitment and retention of valuable employees. He is recognized as an expert on policing issues and has lectured on these topics around the world.
McDonnell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
McDonnell’s wife and daughters watched from the stage as he was sworn in and shared a congratulatory group hug with the new Chief.
(Photos by Swoop)