Long Beach Police Chief Tests Positive for COVID-19 – NBC Los Angeles

Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and is self-isolating at home, city police said Tuesday.

Luna, who is stepping down from her post on January 1, is “in a good mood and hopes that he will be better in the coming days,” said police.

“Chief Luna believes his symptoms would have been much worse without a vaccination,” Long Beach police tweeted Tuesday night.

Luna announced his resignation in September after 35 years in the department. He began his career with the LBPD in 1985 as a reserve officer. He has been a member of the LBPD’s management team since 2001 and was sworn in as the 26th department head in November 2014.

Deputy Police Chief Wally Hebeish will succeed Luna on January 1, city officials said last week.

Hebeish, 52, is a 27-year-old law enforcement veteran who has served with the Long Beach Police Department since 1995 and served as deputy chief since 2019.

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