Costa Mesa's newly announced police chief began his flirtation with law enforcement as a Newport Beach police explorer in the early 1970s.
A 27-year veteran of NBPD, most recently as a captain, Tom Gazsi was named Costa Mesa's top cop earlier today.
Gazsi replaces Steve Staveley, who was interim chief for a couple months before resigning via a scathing letter. See Chasen Marshall's:
- Costa Mesa Police Chief Resigns with a Letter, Calling City Council “Incompetent” and the City's Fiscal Crisis a Lie
Staveley replaced Christopher Shawkey, who resigned in March. He'd been on paid administrative leave since November, when allegations about his time spent at police headquarters and misuse of a gasoline card surfaced.
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