Laguna Beach logoLaguna Beach City Manager Shohreh Dupuis is pleased to announce  the appointment of Jeff Calvert to the permanent position of Police Chief of the City of Laguna  Beach, effective immediately. Calvert was appointed Interim Police Chief in May to fill a sudden vacancy. During his time as Interim Chief, Calvert has demonstrated high-level leadership,  strategic decision-making, excellent communication, and enhanced community outreach. 

“Chief Calvert is highly regarded within the Laguna Beach Police Department and over the last 25  years he has earned the trust and respect of our community,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob  Whalen. “His decades of experience have taught him not only how to lead but also how to  continue to improve the work of our Police Department. As a local resident, Chief Calvert  understands Laguna and I am confident he is going to be an extraordinary leader for the department  and our City.”  

Chief Calvert is a 25-year law enforcement veteran who began his career as a reserve Deputy with  the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department before being hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the  Orange County Sheriff’s Department. In 1996 he found his calling at the Laguna Beach Police  Department. During his tenure in Laguna Beach, Chief Calvert has worked a variety of  assignments including Patrol, Field Training Officer, Special Investigations Unit Detective,  Sergeant, and Lieutenant Shift Commander. As Captain, he also led both major divisions within  the Police Department: the Support/Investigative Services Division and the Field Services  Division. 

Chief Calvert has been instrumental in implementing numerous enforcement, education, and  community-related programs at the Laguna Beach Police Department including the new Outdoor  Warning System, Evacuation Time Study, K-9 program, Homeland Security Drug Interdiction  Maritime team, Unmanned Aerial System program (UAS), Drug Recognition Expert team, Peer  Support team, Honor Guard team, Teen Leadership Academy, and the annual Road Safety Expo. 

The City Manager is responsible for selecting and appointing the City’s Police Chief. Through  this appointment, Calvert becomes the 18th Police Chief for the City of Laguna Beach.

“Chief Calvert leads with compassion and commitment to our community and has provided stability and leadership for the Laguna Beach Police Department throughout a time of transition,”  said Laguna Beach City Manager Shohreh Dupuis. “Under his leadership, our Police Department will continue to make our neighborhoods and City safer and continue to build a relationship  through trust and communication between the community and police.” 

“I grew up in this exceptional law enforcement organization and over the last 25 years I have been  proud to serve and protect this incredible and diverse community who’s support and love for their  police officers has never wavered,” Calvert said. “I’m humbled for this opportunity and energized  to lead the outstanding members of this department into the future to ensure we deliver  unparalleled service to our community through engagement and partnerships, cutting-edge  technology, and data-driven policing while providing a safe and healthy environment for them to  work in.”  

Chief Calvert was born and raised in Southern California. He possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree  in Criminal Justice from Chapman University and a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership from  the University of Southern California (USC) Price School of Public Policy. He is also a graduate  of the prestigious FBI National Academy and is an active member of the FBI National Academy  Associates, California Police Chief’s Association, and International Association of Chiefs of  Police. 

Chief Calvert and his wife Amy proudly live in Laguna Beach with their daughter