Gazsi Named Costa Mesa Police Chief!
Newport Beach police Captain Tom Gazsi, shown here with Captain Les Gogerty at the recent wake for the ABLE helicopter program, was named as Costa Mesa's new Police Chief at a brief ceremony at the Emergency Operations Center at the Costa Mesa Police Department Headquarters.
HATCH INTRODUCES HIM...
City Chief Executive Officer Tom Hatch introduced Gazsi, resident of Costa Mesa and a 32 year veteran of the Newport Beach Police Department, and looked to him to bring much needed leadership to the Costa Mesa Police Department. Gazsi, in his acceptance speech, told the assembled group that he was looking forward to the challenges ahead.
LIKE HIS STYLE AND OPTIMISM
I've met Tom Gazsi several times in recent months. He's attended most public meetings and certainly has a feel for the atmosphere in our city at this time. I've been impressed with his style and demeanor. I don't know how to measure his leadership yet, but we'll find out about that very soon.
HE KNOWS THE TERRAIN
He, among all the finalists for this job, has a clear idea of what lays ahead for the Chief of Police in Costa Mesa. He'll be faced with a meddling city council majority, who have forced a staffing level on Hatch that has not been seen since the middle 1980s, and a rank and file demoralized by the events of the past year. It will take a very special leader to take the helm of this ship and provide the direction and leadership necessary to keep the CMPD functioning at the highest levels.
In a press release provided during the introduction, HERE, Gazsi's command and leadership experience became evident. His knowledge of the community and leadership experience should be just what this city needs at this time.
HE'LL START SOON...
Gazsi will start his new job within the next few weeks following the completion of a background check and a physical exam.