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Michael Tangney Appointed LBPD Acting Commissioner

City Manager Jack Schnirman announced Friday that Tangney will act as commissioner until a permanent candidate is found.

City Manager Jack Schnirman announced Friday afternoon that Lt. Michael Tangney will be the Acting Commissioner of the Long Beach Police Department.

According to Schnirman, the appointment will be in effect until a "thorough and thoughtful search and selection process can be completed for a permanent commissioner."

A search and selection committee, consisting of what Schnirman referred to as "subject area experts," will be in charge of finding a permanent commissioner.

"I thank Acting Commissioner Tangney for his shared commitment to providing cost-effective, accountable community-oriented policing to the City of Long Beach," Schnirman said in a statement Friday. "... It is my hope and expectation that the search and selection process shall not exceed 60 days."

Acting Commissioner Tangney told Patch Friday afternoon that he plans on applying for the permanent position.

“I guess I’ll be judged on my performance over the next month," he said.

He said his immediate task is to get control of the department's overtime budget.

"My plans do include reducing the overall costs to the police department while putting more men on the street with any loss of services. So it's a pretty bold agenda," he said, noting that he will add about five or six officers to the patrol force.

Commissioner Thomas Sofield Sr. retired last November and Inspector Lt. Jack Radin served in his position during the interim. Tangney was among five in-house lieutenants who applied for the acting commissioner position. 

"When the new administration came in, they wanted so more active direction and someone to really steward the police department forward," Tangney said.

He said that a search committee is expected to be formed Monday and that the city manager would like the committee to hire a candidate with 45 to 60 days.

A lifelong Long Beach resident, Tangney is a former Long Beach Board of Education trustee and the husband of Darlene Tangney, a sitting board of education trustee who recently ran for the 4th Legislative District seat. February will mark 34 years on the police force for Tangney.

Updated at 6:12 p.m. on 1/6/12.

Mata Hari LB January 12, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Ruth? haha I believe her name is titled as RUTH. Think again asshole! whoever you are! I'm new at this and YOU PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTING!
Mata Hari LB January 12, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Really, I could care less. I just wanted to see what all the hype was about on this site. I see now it is just a bunch of "adults" acting like high school students. Lol calling people names and such (Hag). Everyone really should grow up a little and give things a chance. It's sad how cruel politics are. I just wish I didn't come on here and see horrible things written about good people. And obviously it did make sense considering you addressed me properly and not as "Ruth", who I am not..
delete me January 12, 2012 at 04:59 PM
The urban dictionary would translate the word hag as "An unattractive, middle-aged (or slightly older) woman. The term is commonly used to describe hysterical or ugly women in positions of power" and the Merriam Webster's definition is "a female demon". Slinging derogatory words is a form of emotional abuse. To call Ruth a "whiny HAG" while being simultaneously thrilled to hear the domestic violence unit remains intact is contradictory and perplexes me.
Mata Hari LB January 12, 2012 at 05:00 PM
and aww, i guess someone got offended by my comment so they flagged it? so many other comments on here should be taken off. like i said, disgusting!
delete me January 12, 2012 at 05:10 PM
as was yours
John Zozzaro January 12, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Isn't it funny how people get so righteous about language but yet will bare false witness against thy neighbor. Just saying
Mata Hari LB January 12, 2012 at 05:19 PM
lol i am complete opposite of a Hag if that's the definition. I am not Ruth. I am a young adult that has lived in Long Beach my entire life and was interested in reading some of the things people in my lovely town have to say. Seems that the people aren't that lovely. And i assume only behind closed doors such as a site like this. I wouldn't reveal who i really am only to get harassed by "my fellow neighbors".
Candygram for Mongo January 12, 2012 at 05:24 PM
sorry - i am banning all of you from this site - had no choice
John Zozzaro January 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Lala retired only came on this site when people were degrading a friend.Loyalty and people can say what they want. I also came on this blog when another friend was attacked. Thats me and i will be out front when i say something. Attack me if you want.....
Candygram for Mongo January 12, 2012 at 06:29 PM
i know you are but what am i
Billy Boy January 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I saw in a past article that the PD has 77 members and only 40 are out on patrol. I believe that is a problem- why should the LB taxpayers have to foot the bill for Inspectors pay when they have done it with Lts for years, a Marine Bureau - in addition to Nassau and Town of Hemp and the Coast Guard, the life guards, fire department. Anti Crime- when Nassau already has that available for the city. Detectives that are already supplied by Nassau as well as a Domestic Unit.
Karen Adamo January 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Awesome, your comment at11:59 today- RIGHT ON! Very perceptive. Thanks!
Eddie January 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM
This is simply mismanagement, and tops the list of why this Department needs reorganization or absorption by Nassau County. It is obvious that ZERO consideration is given to economical operations.
John Zozzaro January 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Im sure this thread will be done now that the city has hired a new comptrooler. Hopefully this gentlemen will be given a chance.
Eddie January 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I suppose we see this is so personal to you. It's not about what's good for the People, is it?
shameful January 13, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Stuart, The problem with the last administration was the friends and family, or at least that is what the campaign slogan that your wife and the candidates ran with. Based on this ...I'm guessing that we will not be seeing Ruth working in any capacity at City Hall? I guess it is too late to say that about others in your family. Is that what you really stood for...Get them out so the Banshicks can get jobs in City Hall? The king is dead....long live the king
Margaret January 13, 2012 at 04:13 AM
You mean the guy that worked for Enron?? That new comptroller?
Margaret January 13, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Happy Daze, my point exactly as the dems screamed all election season about "No friends and family"-- I openly would say time and time again that someone is always friends or family with someone else in a small town and they argued against that and said "In NO way will we hire friends and family"-- Were they just lying knowing that wasnt possible or do you think they actually thought Zapson would allow them to not hire any friends/family??
Margaret January 13, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Shameful, are you saying that friend of the democratic party, ruth banschick is going to be hired to work at city hall? HA!
Katy Berens January 14, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Ruth - KUDOS to your son and I am sure he does deserve the chance to make a change - BUT - it but it may be helpful to him if you and your husband stop the hateful blogging. Give him a chance to succeed without making him a target. Free speech is one of the principles this Country was predicated on, however, it is much more persuasive when it is not spewed with such bias and anger. For the record, I am a Democrat who voted for the new Council and have been a Long Beach resident for 18 years.
Katy Berens January 14, 2012 at 07:57 PM
The new comptroller is bright and has a huge mess to clean up.....Good luck. Everyone in Long Beach is counting on you.
BOOGIE WOOGIE January 25, 2012 at 06:20 PM
everybody's working for the weekend!
Margaret January 26, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Democrat Friends and family (f&f) hirings updated today... Mike Tagney new police commissioner...........................f&f................ check New city manager secretary, Zapsons friend..................f&f................ check Karrie Mollet new asst city manager, Zapsons friend.... f&f...............check Jeff Nogid new comptroller... friend................................f&f..................check Larry Benowitz hired in City Hall......dem friend..............f&f..................check Mike Robinson dem friend who falsified education........f&f..................check Bobby Piazza new parks & rec commish...friend ..........f&f...................check ---- Do we still have to ignore the campaign promise of NO friends and family?!?
Margaret January 26, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Democrat Friends and family hired (f&f is friends and family) Mike Tagney new police commissioner...........................f&f................ check New city manager secretary, Zapsons friend..................f&f................ check Karrie Mollet new asst city manager, Zapsons friend.... f&f...............check Jeff Nogid new comptroller... friend................................f&f..................check Larry Benowitz hired in City Hall......dem friend..............f&f..................check Mike Robinson dem friend who falsified education........f&f..................check Bobby Piazza new parks & rec commish...friend ..........f&f...................check --Do we still have to ignore the campaign promise of NO friends and family?!?
LBLover March 11, 2012 at 05:40 PM
If he was an accountant then I would be more excited. If he didn't come from Nassua County Gov. then I would be more excited!
laocoon March 11, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Only a spoiled, rotten sour boar would would publicly trash the man who gave them life - who changed their dirty diapers. You, girl, are a miserable ingrate. God help your spawn.
paul.d.spellman March 11, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Uncles, fathers, sisters twice removed. Am I the only non relative in this town? Who the heck will be my friend or family?
Lloyd March 11, 2012 at 07:43 PM
laocoon... you're back, as tough and biting as ever. I thought a short hiatus might have mellowed you out. I guess you dont care for Tangney. I cant comment since I dont know the guy. But the concensus here is that he is very unqualified for the job. What info do you have on him?
laocoon March 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Tangney is a good cop and a good man. I don't know if he's the best for the job, as the Democrat thieves have kept the selection process secret, so they can appoint Tangney to repay his past favors to the party. It's sad that Mike is tangled up with this gang of dishonorable liars. He's a better man than all of them and has done more for this city and its residents than all the politicians put together. No friends or family appointments. Remember that? Remember it on election day, after the tax and rent increases and vote this band of thugs out.
laocoon March 12, 2012 at 01:00 PM
You are describing three-quarters of Long Beach, Lala.

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