Long Beach Deputy Chief Tapped to Take Over Police Department

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Long Beach is tapping a top deputy of Jim McDonnell, newly elected to be Los Angeles County's next sheriff, to replace him as police chief, officials announced Tuesday.

Robert Luna, seen here in 2012, has been named the new police chief of the Long Beach Police Department. (Credit: Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times)
Robert Luna, seen here in 2012, has been named the new police chief of the Long Beach Police Department. (Credit: Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times)

Deputy Chief Robert Luna will officially become the city's top cop on Nov. 21.

McDonnell, who was a top assistant to former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton and a finalist to replace him, sailed to victory Nov. 4 over Paul Tanaka in the race for sheriff by a margin of 75% to 25%.

McDonnell leaves Long Beach after being its police chief for four years.

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