New Carlsbad police chief appointed

Gary W. Morrison, a 23-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department, will assume the post of Carlsbad police chief on June 1, city officials announced Friday.

Morrison will succeed Chief Tom Zoll, who is retiring following six years as head of the northern San Diego County police department and 30 years in law enforcement.

“Gary Morrison is a proven leader with high standards and a commitment to public service that make him a great fit for the … Carlsbad Police Department and the Carlsbad community,” City Manager Lisa Hildabrand said.

Morrison, who was selected following a nine-month nationwide search, is a commander with the Los Angeles-area police agency’s Field Support Division, a position in which he supervises more than 200 sworn and civilian personnel.

His experience includes service in patrol, traffic, training, investigations, disaster preparedness, youth programs, multi-jurisdictional operations, special weapons and tactics, and community-oriented public safety, Carlsbad city spokeswoman Kristina Ray said. He also has 11 years of law enforcement management and supervisory experience.

Morrison, a graduate of California State University Long Beach, the West Point Leadership-LAPD Academy, the FBI Academy and the Sherman Block Leadership Institute, said he was “really looking forward to becoming a part of the (Carlsbad) community and working with local residents and businesses.”

“The city of Carlsbad Police Department has an outstanding reputation … for both providing excellent public safety and working in partnership with the community,” he added.

Zoll announced his retirement last summer.

Ray declined to provide Morrison’s and Zoll’s ages, citing city policy.

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