COSTA MESA (CBS/AP) — Costa Mesa’s new police chief will be a 32-year veteran from neighboring Newport Beach’s police department.

Newport Beach police Captain Tom Gazsi will replace former chief Christopher Shawkey, who resigned in March amid reports that he’d filed expense claims for personal trips, according to Costa Mesa Chief Executive Tom Hatch.

The department has had a series of interim chiefs since, including Steven Staveley, who resigned last month after protesting city council cuts to the police budget.

Gaszi, 51, has worked for the Newport Beach Police Department for more than three decades.

The Costa Mesa native will take the post in about a month and will earn a salary of $206,700.

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Comments (5)
  1. Charlie says:

    $ 206,700.00 per year ??? I thouught Costa Mesa was broke, and planning to lay off all City employees, including police officers !

  2. HollywoodSaint says:

    what a joke! 206 thousand…I think he should throw himself off the roof of city hall!

  3. upyours says:

    Thirty two year veteran and no doubt he worked his way up through the ranks. Yeah, real dangerous jobs being overpaid incompetent morons.

  4. cal says:

    What a joke!!! CM is broke???

  5. cal says:

    CM is broke??? The CM city council members are liars!

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