Department History

1993 - 2007

Bob McDonell was Chief of Police of the City of Newport Beach from August of 1993 to June of 2007. Chief McDonell graduated with honors from Golden Gate University in San Francisco with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration of Justice. He also holds a State of California Limited Service Teaching Credential as well as other related professional certificates.

Chief McDonell had represented California Police Chiefs on two State-level groups, the California Safety Belt Task Force, and for three terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the California Police Chiefs’ Association (which represents 336 Municipal Police Chiefs on a variety of legislative, policy and funding issues). He had served for a total of five years on the Association’s Executive Committee as an Officer of the Association along with completing a term as President of that Association and as its Immediate Past President.Bob also served as President of the Orange County Chiefs of Police and Sheriff’s Association, and was elected to represent the Orange County Police Chiefs as a member of the Random Access Network (RAN) Board of Directors, which governs the use and operation of all Countywide automated fingerprint equipment. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Narcotics Suppression Program (RNSP), a task force of Municipal, State and Federal Law Enforcement Officers that targets major narcotics offenders/operations. Chief McDonell also was one of two Chiefs representing the Orange County Chiefs on the County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, and he chaired the Countywide Integrated Law & Justice Project Steering Committee, representing all participants of the Criminal Justice System, as well as the City Managers Association and the County Executive’s Office. The task is a multi-million dollar effort to improve the efficiency and information sharing of all those who are served by the Criminal Justice System.

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