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Deputy Chief Joe Cartwright

Detective Division

Deputy Chief Cartwright began his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles Police Department in January 1999. In 2002, he joined the Newport Beach Police Department. He has worked in a variety of assignments, including patrol officer, accident investigator, Economic Crimes detective, Crimes Against Persons detective, and Crisis Negotiation Team member. In 2010, he promoted to the rank of sergeant and worked as a Patrol sergeant, Field Training Program sergeant, Crisis Negotiation Team supervisor, and Professional Standards Unit sergeant. In 2014, he promoted to the rank of lieutenant and served as the Area 4 commander, Area 2 commander, Jail manager, Traffic Services commander, and executive officer to the chief of police.

Deputy Chief Cartwright holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Deputy Chief Cartwright is a graduate of several advanced law enforcement training courses, including the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the Force Science Institute Certification Course, the Executive Development Courses for both California POST and the California Police Chiefs Association, and the California Police Chiefs Executive Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University's Drucker School of Management.

Deputy Chief Cartwright is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and currently serves as the chairman of the board of directors for the Newport Beach 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) which provides support and relief for U.S. Marines and their family members who are injured, ill, distressed, or otherwise in need of financial or other assistance.  He is also a board member for Leadership Tomorrow, a non-profit organization of citizens and leaders who work together to make a positive impact in their communities.

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Deputy Chief Steve Rasmussen

Patrol and Traffic Divisions

DC RasmussenDeputy Chief Rasmussen began his law enforcement career at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 2000 where he was assigned as a deputy sheriff at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. He was hired by the Newport Beach Police Department as a police officer in 2001. During his law enforcement career in Newport Beach, Deputy Chief Rasmussen has held a variety of positions, including patrol officer, accident investigator, detective, Patrol sergeant, Detective sergeant, Patrol lieutenant, Detective lieutenant, and Support Services lieutenant.


Deputy Chief Rasmussen is a graduate of both California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Command College and Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. He is a certified crime & intelligence analyst through the California Department of Justice. He obtained his undergraduate degrees in Criminology, Law & Society, and Environmental Analysis & Design from the University of California, Irvine in 1994 as well as his Juris Doctor from Chapman University School of Law in 1999.

Deputy Chief Rasmussen is active in the Newport Beach community as a board member of both Speak Up Newport and Leadership Tomorrow.

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Deputy Director Jonathan Stafford

Support Services Division

Deputy Director Stafford

Deputy Director Stafford has over 29 years of experience in support roles for government agencies, serving in the United States Coast Guard, the Long Beach Police Department, the Port of Long Beach, and the Newport Beach Police Department.

Mr. Stafford was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved to Long Beach in September 1991 while on active duty in the United States Coast Guard. After assignments in San Francisco and San Pedro, he was honorably discharged in March 1995 and he was hired by the Long Beach Police Department as a communications dispatcher. He worked as a dispatcher, trainer, and assistant supervisor in the Communications Division for a total of seven years before transferring to the Port of Long Beach as an assistant administrative analyst in February 2003. He returned to the Long Beach Police Department upon his appointment as records administrator in November 2004.

In January 2008, Mr. Stafford assumed command of a new Records and Technology Division that was created by combining the Records Division with the Information Technology Division. He retained his records administrator duties and gained responsibility for information technology, fleet, crime statistics, and the Department Operations Center.

Mr. Stafford joined the Newport Beach Police Department in February 2012 and serves as the deputy director of the Support Services Division.

Mr. Stafford has served on boards of directors for several community service organizations and for the Long Beach Management Association.  He was also the chief's liaison to the Long Beach Police Department Chaplain's Advisory Group. He graduated summa cum laude from California State University Dominguez Hills in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Public Administration and is a graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Point Leadership Program. In July 2019, he attended the Senior Executives in State & Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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