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Tangney Appointed Long Beach Police Commissioner

City Council to hold confirmation vote Saturday.


The Long Beach City Council will vote on the appointment of Michael Tangney to commissioner of the Long Beach Police Department at a special meeting Saturday, following an induction ceremony held Friday afternoon at City Hall.  

Wearing his uniform and surrounded by family and friends, Tangney was sworn in by City Court Judge Roy Tepper, and was joined on the podium by City Manager Jack Schnirman, Council President Fran Adelson and Councilman Mike Fagen, the only council members in attendance.

"I think I am the first to be sworn in wearing my uniform,” said Tangney, a 34-year member of the LBPD, when talking about his fellow officers. “I want to represent them, I want to show my gratitude toward them, I want to show my appreciation for them and I want to show that I emulate every single cop."

According to city charter, the city manager appoints the police commissioner and the city council must approve the candidate. The vote must be announced to the public 12 hours before it is cast. The council will vote on Tangney’s appointment at 12 p.m. Saturday at City Hall, according to an email to Patch from City Clerk Dave Fraser.

Adelson said the induction ceremony was held Friday in order to accommodate members of Tangney’s family. "This is a ceremonial swearing in because his daughter is leaving for Spain tomorrow and we didn't want her to miss this,” she said.

After the Democrats won back the majority on the City Council last November, , and Schnirman in early January appointed Tangney to acting commissioner. Later that month, Schnirman announced that the city had formed a six-member search committee to find a permanent police commissioner that included City Councilman Scott Mandel, former City Manager Glen Spiritis, and Williams Owens, a former director of security at Long Beach Medical Center.

Fagan said that 13 candidates applied for the position and that the committee met twice with the final candidates. "There were two meetings including the last one where the three finalists came in to make their pitch,” Fagen said. "There were 13 candidates, three finalists and Tangney was the winner."

A lifelong Long Beach resident, Tangney is a former Long Beach Board of Education trustee and the husband of Darlene Tangney, a sitting school board trustee who ran as a Democrat for the 4th Legislative District seat but lost to Republican incumbent Denise Ford last November.

Asked if there was political favoritism involved in selecting Tagney to commissioner, a charge leveled by critics of the Democrat administration, Fagen dismissed the charge. "This is not a political ploy in anyway,” he said.

"I fully supported his consideration from day one,” he added. “I'm pleased that the voting process confirmed it."

LBLover March 11, 2012 at 08:44 PM
LB CItizen you TELL THE TRUTH, NO MORE LIES, APOLIGIZE.. is our new public works head qualified? an engineer? Is the new controller an a accountant? I am TIRED of both parties! We the citizens of LB need qualified people not friends! Stop the nonsense and find people who can do the job!
inplainsight March 11, 2012 at 09:42 PM
tangney brings over 30 years of varying police and long beach experience in. go to the city website and look at the search committee and go talk trash to them if you are upset with their choice. if the admin made it alone, you would hang them, so what now when for the first time we have a legit search team. As for CM qualifications, harold porr was 100% qualified as were Bruce Nyman and Spiritis - Theofan was not the best candidate for the job.
Leonard Bauman March 11, 2012 at 11:49 PM
If you remember about the qualifications of Nyman and Spiritis, Nyman quit after short order due to the position being too overwhelming, and Spiritis rule of Long Beach with an iron hand proved to be overbearing for CSEA members who ensured a Democrat win and a kick to Spiritis bucket to the curb sometime about 10 years ago. Neither Nyman or Spiritis would rank in the top 5 of Long Beach City Managers/Mayors during the years 1922-2012. These two would rank near the bottom of the list, unfortunately.
chris March 11, 2012 at 11:50 PM
I cannot believe the hypocracy. Before the election, all over town there were Tangney, Torres, Adelson, Mandel Democrat campaign signs. These Democrats pledged no friends and families. Now Torres, Adelson and Mandel are going to vote for Tangney's husband to get what I believe to be the highest paying job in Long Beach. Even if Tangney was the most qualified person (From these potings I believe he is not) If the elected Officials had any integrity they would not put him into this position simply because of the conflict with their campaign promises.
Leonard Bauman March 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
What is very troublesome about the Michael Tangney appointment to Police Commissioner is this, and Michael Tangney is reading this post at this very minute so I will be direct for his benefit, there were over 100 qualified candidates from all over the United States from police forces in Nassau County, Suffolk County, City of New York, and places far and near to Long Beach. A supposedly objective committee was chosen by the Demoncrats to oversee the selection of Long Beach Police Commissioner. The committee was composed of Harvey Weisenberg (D) a former Long Beach officer in the old 1970 days as well as other Democrat hacks for lack of a better word. The committee was supposed to choose the best candidate, period. It appears the committee was nothing more than window dressing to make it appear it made an objective review of the candidates and that all candidates were inferior and incompetent except for Officer Michael Tangney. Obviously, it boggles the mind the most qualified person was literally right under the committee's pug nose all the time, Michael Tangney. The Nassau County District Attorney and NYS Attorney General should investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of this felonious fraud and violation of NYS Officers law.

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