CARLSBAD — Gary W. Morrison has been named to the position of Carlsbad police chief and will assume his new role June 1. Community members are invited to attend a swearing in ceremony and reception to meet their new police chief from 3 to 5 p.m. June 1 at the city’s Faraday Center, 1635 Faraday Ave.
According to Carlsbad City Manager Lisa Hildabrand, with 22 years in law enforcement, Morrison has built a reputation as a strong leader and team builder with hands on experience in a wide array of police work, including patrol, investigations, traffic, youth programs, training, disaster preparedness, SWAT team, multi-jurisdictional operations and community-oriented public safety. He has 11 years of management and supervisory experience.
“Gary Morrison is a proven leader with high standards and a commitment to public service that make him a great fit for the City of Carlsbad Police Department and the Carlsbad community,” Hildabrand said. “His collaborative style and direct experience in virtually every aspect of law enforcement make him a tremendous asset to our organization.”
Morrison built his career in law enforcement at the Long Beach Police Department, which he joined in 1987. He most recently served as a commander, overseeing more than 200 sworn and civilian personnel handling traffic, special events, air support and several specialized tactical support teams including SWAT, the K-9 unit and the critical incident management team.
Other experience includes working in the Long Beach Police Department’s youth services division and gang enforcement section. Morrison also served as a watch commander managing 50 square miles with more than 200 officers. As part of the department’s community-oriented public safety program, Morrison hosted monthly meetings for residents to address issues of concern.
Morrison was selected after an extensive nationwide recruitment. He succeeds Police Chief Tom Zoll, who is retiring from the city of Carlsbad after six years as police chief and a 30-year career in law enforcement. Zoll will stay on at the city to work with Morrison through June 30 for a smooth transition of duties.
“The city of Carlsbad Police Department has an outstanding reputation, and for both providing excellent public safety and working in partnership with the community,” Morrison said. “I am really looking forward to becoming a part of the community and working with local residents and businesses.”
Morrison holds a Master of Arts degree in organizational leadership from Chapman University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from Cal State Long Beach. He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership — LAPD Academy, the FBI National Academy and the Sherman Block Leadership Institute.