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Police Chief Clears Up Mysteries From an Earlier Era

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Chief Abe Johnson, the town’s first police chief, in 1927.

Chief Abe Johnson, the town’s first police chief, in 1927.

 The 17-man sworn force in 1958.

The 17-man sworn force in 1958.

Retiring police Chief Paul Workman will crack open the case files on his department’s early days in a Laguna Beach Historical Society presentation at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at City Hall.

The presentation will include stories about the department’s first leader, Chief Abe Johnson, as well as a later second Chief Johnson, the police station, a “mystery officer” from the 1920s, the shooting death of Officer Gordon French and a recent find in the department’s storage.

An early era motor officer in an image from the department’s archives.

An early era motor officer in an image from the department’s archives.

Workman, who was appointed chief in May 2009, was hired by the department in 1975. He has a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton and attended the Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College. He also attended the FBI National Academy.

Pictorial: From a 1940 pictorial map of the city.

Pictorial: From a 1940 pictorial map of the city.

 

Police Chief Paul Workman’s career with the department began in 1975.

Police Chief Paul Workman’s career with the department began in 1975.

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