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Deputy Chief Javier Aguilar

Patrol and Traffic Divisions

DC Aguilar Deputy Chief Aguilar began his law enforcement career with the Vernon Police Department in 1996 and transferred to the Pasadena Police Department in 1999. As an officer, he worked a variety of assignments, including Field Training Officer and positions with a gang enforcement unit, a street-level narcotics unit, a taskforce with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and SWAT. In 2008, he was promoted to Police Corporal, coordinating the Field Training Program and supervising the Special Investigation Section. In 2013, he was promoted to Police Sergeant and supervised units responsible for gang enforcement, street-level narcotics, and SWAT. In 2017, he was promoted to Police Lieutenant, working as a Watch Commander and overseeing work in the narcotics unit, gang unit, SWAT team, and Community Relations Section. In May 2022, he was promoted to Police Commander and oversaw the Criminal Investigations Division until February 2023, when he was transferred to the Field Operation Division. In April 2024, Deputy Chief Aguilar joined the Newport Beach Police Department and is currently assigned as the division commander of the Patrol and Traffic Divisions.


Deputy Chief Aguilar holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Union Institute & University and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. He has attended the Executive Leadership Institute, Executive Development Course, and Command College course through California POST.

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Deputy Chief Dave Miner

Detective Division

DC Rasmussen Deputy Chief Miner began his law enforcement career with the Newport Beach Police Department in 2002. He worked a variety of assignments, including patrol officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT Team member, Property Crimes detective, and Crimes Against Persons detective. In 2011, he promoted to the rank of sergeant, and worked as a patrol sergeant, Field Training Program supervisor, SWAT Team supervisor, firearms instructor, Crime Suppression Unit sergeant, and Professional Standards Unit sergeant. In 2018, he promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and worked as a Patrol Watch Commander, Crisis Response Unit Commander, Support Services Division lieutenant, and Detective Division lieutenant. In 2023 he promoted to the rank of deputy chief, and is currently assigned as the division commander of the Detective Division.


Deputy Chief Miner is a graduate of several advanced law enforcement training courses, including the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the Force Science Institute Certification Course, and the California Police Chiefs Executive Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University's Drucker School of Management. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University. Deputy Chief Miner is 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. He is also a member of the Newport Beach Police Department’s Baker to Vegas running team, and has competed in the annual event since 2004. 

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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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