We all know Laguna Beach to be a special community here in south OC. As such we have been fortunate to have a police department that understands the nature of Laguna and its citizens. We have been lucky to have a chief who has served this community for decades coming up through the ranks to become chief and now close to his retirement, I think we are all thankful for his service and more importantly, his understanding of the special nature of policing a small and very unique community such as ours.
The city council and the city manager have been tasked with finding his replacement and I am sure they have done their due diligence in finding an appropriate individual to fill the role.
What I am finding hard to understand is why they have reached out beyond our department and are in the process of hiring someone from a large metropolitan PD as the new chief. There are so many qualified individuals that have served our community for decades and who have a deep and clear understanding of the very special nature of Laguna Beach and the type of policing that is required. To overlook these qualified individuals seems counter intuitive and difficult to understand.
I have no clue what has gone on behind closed doors and never will although I must say that some citizen input is not a bad thing especially from people who have made Laguna a long time home.
I hope that before the ink is dry on the contract that the city manager and the city council take another look at some of the fine individuals within LBPD. If we let them stagnate, we will lose them altogether and that in my opinion would be a great loss for our community. The future of policing our community should be built by those who understand Laguna Beach and it’s special nature. Who better to do that than those who have served our community for decades from within.
Jorg Dubin, Laguna Beach