Department History

2007 - 2009

John Klein was the Chief of Police from July 1, 2007 to July 10, 2009. Prior to his appointment as Chief, he served for 27 years with the Department, working in every division, including spending 18 years on the SWAT Team, five of which he was in command of that unit. Prior to his promotion to Chief, he served as Captain of the Patrol/Traffic Division, which is the largest Division within the Department and encompasses the uniformed personnel who provide direct law enforcement services to the City.

Chief Klein earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State – Long Beach in Occupational Studies/Emergency Management and was in the proces of pursuing a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Administration from Cal State – Long Beach during his tenure.

Chief Klein served as the Vice Chair of the Integrated Law and Justice Agency for Orange County, and was the Chairperson for the Airborne Law Enforcement Joint Powers Authority overseeing the helicopter operations for the cities of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Regional Narcotics Suppression Program.

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