Assistant Chief Wally Hebeish

Assistant Police Chief Wally Hebeish

Deputy Chief Wally Hebeish has been promoted assistant chief of the Long Beach Police Department, it was announced Thursday afternoon.

As assistant chief, Hebeish will be second in command to Chief Robert Luna. As part of the LBPD executive management team, he served as Luna's chief of staff for a time; he currently is in charge of the Patrol Bureau.

Hebeish has been with the LBPD for 25 years. He has served in most positions, including commander of the Internal Affairs Division.

City Manager Pat West made the appointment, and announced the promotion.

“I am very proud of Assistant Chief Hebeish and the contributions that he has made to our department and look forward to his continued leadership as we plan and prepare for the future," Chief Luna said in the release. "His management style, innovation and communication skills are well regarded at all levels of our department and I know he will continue to positively impact our police organization and our community in his new leadership role.”

Hebeish has a master's degree in communication from Southern New Hampshire University and a bachelor's from Long Beach State University in criminal justice. He steps into his new role immediately.

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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