Chief Jay R. Johnson was the ninth Chief of Police in the Department's history, serving from July 3, 2010 to March 22, 2016. He is a Southern California native, born and raised in Long Beach. He attended California State University, Long Beach where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA). He is a graduate of several advanced law enforcement training courses including the Federal Bureau of Investigationís National Academy for law enforcement executives as well as the Sherman Block Leadership Institute. Chief Johnson holds a POST Executive Certification.
Chief Johnson began his law enforcement career in April 1987 when he was hired as a Police Officer by the Long Beach Police Department. He worked for the Long Beach Police Department for over 23 years, rising to the rank of Commander. Over the course of his career, Chief Johnson worked in a variety of assignments, including Patrol, Field Training Officer, Gangs, Narcotics Enforcement Team, Special Enforcement Section, and the Community Policing Team. Additionally, Chief Johnson served 12 years on the SWAT Team, holding every rank on the SWAT team up to SWAT Commander.
As Commander, Chief Johnsonís array of assignments included managing divisions within the Patrol Bureau, Investigations Bureau, and the Support Bureau. Chief Johnson has received numerous awards, including several Unit Citations, the SWAT Teamís Commitment to Excellence Award, and a Meritorious Class ďAĒ Award for heroism.
Chief Johnson was very involved in the Newport Beach community as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Commodoreís Club and Amigos Viejo (old friends) Club, as well as having associations with the Rotary Club, Exchange Club, and Noble Viking Charities of Orange County. He was a member of the California Police Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The Chief also served on several professional boards and committees: The Regional Narcotic Suppression Program (RNSP) Executive Board, Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (OCRCFL) Local Executive Board, Proposition 69 (DNA) Committee , and was the chairman of the Airborne Law Enforcement(ABLE) Joint Powers Authority.