By Jorge Casuso
November 9 – Long Beach Deputy Police Chief Timothy
Jackman -- who advocates a holistic, open and collaborative approach
to policing -- has been selected as Santa Monica’s new chief
by City Manager Lamont Ewell. He will take over the post on December
Jackman, who has a strong background in finance and budget management,
is known for having made innovative strides in tackling Long Beach’s
youth crime and homeless problems, Ewell said.
He worked with the city’s School District to pilot new
initiatives, including a program that provides an artistic alternative
to athletics, and developed a program to train officers on alternatives
to cope with homeless and mentally ill persons.
“I can’t believe we found one person with such a broad
breath of experience in a multitude of areas,” Ewell said.
“I think he is an incredibly intelligent and forward-looking
individual. He’s a great guy.”
Jackman has extensive experience in both field operations and
administration and has held a wide array of posts, including community
relations, internal affairs, information technology and terrorism
prevention, Ewell said.
A 23-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department and deputy
chief for the past four years, Jackman says he believes in including
all the “stakeholders” when it comes to public safety.
“There are a lot of different people that must help out,”
said Jackman, who was chosen after a two-month, nationwide search
to permanently replace Chief James T. Butts, Jr. “Santa
Monica obviously doesn’t have much of a problem getting
“You must have collaborative problem solving with all of
the stakeholders, including residents, businesses and government
and civic institutions,” Jackman said. “You have to
“Police have to go out and build relationships with the
people they work with. It’s not all police down. Sometimes
people want to drive their own solutions. They don’t want
to be dictated to.”
In addition to encouraging community input to help address public
safety issues, Jackman has been involved in civic efforts in Long
Beach – where he serves on several community boards, including
the Corporation for the Arts and the Conservation Corps, Ewell
The City Manager said he was “impressed” with Jackman’s
“strong commitment to working with and including the community
in decision making.
“He has a demonstrated practice of collaboration and being
a strong contributor to citywide team efforts,” Ewell said.
Jackman has a strong track record in dealing with two of Santa
Monica’s top public safety priorities – preventing
violence among at-risk youth and addressing the homeless problem,
In 2004, Jackman developed a program to train officers on alternatives
to cope with homeless and mentally ill persons and worked closely
with mental health professionals to train more than 100 officers,
according to the City Manager.
Both youth violence and homelessness, Jackman said, must be addressed
“on a regional basis.
“If you try to solve it from a single city perspective,
it’s very difficult to do,” Jackman said. “You’ve
got to have collaboration with other law enforcement agencies
and with the community.”
Jackman was one of the top seven finalists interviewed by a panel
of residents, businesses representatives, clergy and school officials
last month, Ewell said.
“This was one of the most difficult selections I’ve
had to make because of the outstanding qualifications and talent
of our internal candidates,” said Ewell. “I know Mr.
Jackman will be as successful here as he has been in Long Beach.”
Jackman will leave a department of 1,500 employees and $173 million
budget for the Santa Monica Police Department, which has 468 employees
and a budget of nearly $60 million.
“I am thrilled to be coming to Santa Monica,” said
Jackman, who has a B.S. from the University of the State of New
York and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Irvine.
“It’s an honor, and I’m looking forward to it.”