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."

Candygram for Mongo March 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Lala - what video is Paul referring to (i.e. of what event?). People need answers
LB TAXPAYA March 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Yeah, of those 100 resumes, who put more time/effort/community service into LB? No one! that's who!
Candygram for Mongo March 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM
What happened there?
LMB March 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM
They all will its in their contract...wake up
Who cares March 11, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Who cares if JH apologizes. He is not important. If you haven't realized it he is not making decisions NOW. Forget him. It's about the bad decisions taking place NOW
Martha March 11, 2012 at 02:24 PM
The current administration, which i voted for made promises (as all politicians do) are out for revenge seems to me and im a nobody. As a voter and a taxpayer, they are putting there relatives, family and letting members of the democratic party (that were not elected by the people) tell them what to do. Long Beach Citizens should not take it. im up for a mutiny at this point. Love this city but not its politics and incest and revenge!!!
Candygram for Mongo March 11, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Substantiate please
Misty March 11, 2012 at 02:32 PM
It's clear that our elected officals, all locals, were not the best we could have gotten, but what were our choices? At this point, they should all be taken out of city hall in handcuffs. They are negligent in their decisions as well as being liars. Maybe the county should take over or the state. I don't have the answers. Something needs to happen - and fast! I still don't believe that Tangney was the best for the job. I think an outsider with no local affiliations would have shaken things up and done a great job.
CP March 11, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Why should we believe that Mike Tangney is the most qualified person for this job, when all the other positions they have filled with friends and family have been with people who are unqualified for the position? They hired a controller for more money, who has less experience, and will now have to hire another person to help prepare the budget. You would think that a City controller should know how to prepare a budget. They hired a new commissioner of public works with someone who is not a engineer so when we need a engineer for projects like the boardwalk, we can hire a engineer to help him do his job too. We have millions of people still unemployed in this country, and all we can find are the bottom of the Brookhaven barrel or local friends and family. Think about it.... These jobs if posted correctly should have thousands of applicants.
John Zozzaro March 11, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Everybody seems to be upset with the hirings of local friends and relatives. Yes i am a friend of Comm. Tangney. But isn't everyone jumping the gun here. Comm. Tangney already has saved the taxpayers some money. Comm Tangney was hired in 1978 and has held many positions within the dept. Who is more qualified in understanding the problems that exist. Someone from the outside not familar with the community or type of policing that is warranted here. It would take sometime for an outsider to come and develop a plan that would be cost effective. Comm Tangney has already instituted some programs that will save money. Why not take the politics out of it and give some time.
Wallace Daily March 11, 2012 at 03:09 PM
It is great to see that a consensus is building to close the West End bars at 1am, after last call at 12am. That, along with moving the Irish Parade to the middle of the boardwalk on the last Sunday in September will save the City hundreds of thousands in overtime.
LBLover March 11, 2012 at 03:18 PM
CP you have a point!
kim k March 11, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Any one who believes there has been corrupt politics -and who doesn't- should send and email to Kathleen Rice and the Attorney General of NY and ask for an investigation.
chris d March 11, 2012 at 04:17 PM
hey jay yes or no do you think fagen is guilty?
chris d March 11, 2012 at 04:20 PM
where is this consensus coming from sounds interesting I dont think west end store owners will be for this at all. And im sure the people who live near the middle of the boardwalk would fight this idea.
chris d March 11, 2012 at 04:21 PM
that is a great idea Larry
chris d March 11, 2012 at 04:22 PM
could anyone post tagneys qualifcations besides head of traffic.
chris d March 11, 2012 at 04:25 PM
you are so right CP why didnt we hear about anyone else who applied
chris d March 11, 2012 at 04:26 PM
wallace did you know that the city is not giving permits to the volleyball league this year which takes place in the middle of the boardwalk on weekday evenings and brings in large fees to the city never mind the revenue to local stores. So a parade on the boardwalk in that area will not happen this council doesnt care what goes one in the west end
CP March 11, 2012 at 04:37 PM
And we are not talking about low paying positions without any benefits. ONE MORE QUESTION: Do you think that Mike Tangney would be most qualified for the job if he did not support the new counsel during the election? I am willing to give all the new city employees a chance to prove themselves, but when you claim the sky is falling and we are in a crisis and you replace qualified people with people who are not qualified for more money, and then have to hire people to help them do there job and spend more money. It leads me to believe that the entire counsel thinks we are all stupid.
kim k March 11, 2012 at 05:00 PM
He doesn't have any.
CP March 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Does anyone know ANYONE that has applied for ANY new position up at city hall since the new admin came into office? I would love to know what the experience and qualifications that an applicant had when applying for ANY job. The new admin is stating they are filling these positions with the best qualified people for the job so you would think that at least a few dozen unemployed locals would be applying for a great job in town, with great benefits and pay. I have to laugh when a new business goes up in front of the counsel they always ask if you will be employing locals, but almost all of the new employee's are from Brookhaven or not from LB.
Lloyd March 11, 2012 at 05:25 PM
What's the big deal about moving the Irish Day Parade and Festival? Leave it where its always been and worry more about the bigger problems in town. And what's the story with the Volleyball leagues? They are being shut out? What a shame. I love watching those young girls in skimpy two piece bathing suits jumping up and down at the net. Only an unmanly, limp wristed politician would want to curtail that.
LBLover March 11, 2012 at 05:29 PM
LOL best qualified people. Both parties only hire friends! Neither party looks for people beyond the clubhouse. It's so ridiculous!
Leonard Bauman March 11, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Charles Theofan, love him or dislike him, was from an objective standpoint the most qualified City Manager Long Beach has had since City Manager Vogel's time in 1964. Mr. Theofan is an attorney who worked in the 1970s and 1980s as an Assistant Long Beach Corporation Counsel at Long Beach City Hall. Yes, Theofan chose to live in Fabulous Freeport instead of Lovely Long Beach, but he was 108% qualified to be appointed City Manager. The Democrats like to beat up on Theofan, like the Democrats like to beat up on George W. Bush. But the proof is in the pudding..Long Beach did very well under Theofan's leadership...zero tax increases plus Theofan reopened the City Animal Shelter to help abandoned cats and dogs find homes. Theofan will go down in Long Beach history as one of the top 5 City Managers/Mayors of the City of Long Beach 1922-2012
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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