The Long Beach Police Department conducted a ceremony in the city’s Council Chambers on Feb. 11 during which 17 employees were promoted. The employees and their new ranks are as follows:
Deputy Chief: Commander David Hendricks
Lieutenant William Paul LeBaron
Lieutenant Elizabeth Griffin
Lieutenant Donald Wood
Sergeant Wally Hebeish
Sergeant Steven Lauricella
Sergeant Joseph Gaynor
Sergeant Dina Zapalski
Officer Louis Perez
Officer Michael Solomita
Officer Timothy Olson
Officer Carlos Nava
Officer Kiaran Crawford
Administrative Analyst III:
Asst. Admin. Analyst Eileen Hunter
Special Services Ofc. IV:
SSO III David Prentice
SSO III Steve Covarubias
Senior Records Clerk:
Clerk Cynthia Lua
Deputy Chief David Hendricks
Deputy Chief David Hendricks was hired by the City of Long Beach in 1992 as a part-time dispatcher for the Marine Patrol, while completing his studies in criminal justice at California State University Long Beach.
He graduated from CSULB in December of 1993 and was hired shortly thereafter as a police officer for the City of Long Beach. As a Long Beach police officer, he worked assignments in patrol, community policing, field training, support bureau, gang-enforcement section and as chief of staff. His prior commands include Youth Services, North Patrol Division, and Internal Affairs.
Hendricks is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the California Peace Officers Association, and he is currently the chair of the Board of the Long Beach Police Historical Society. He is a past president of the Long Beach Police Command Officers Association. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice from California State University Long Beach and a master’s in public administration from Andrew Jackson University, and he is a graduate of the 229th session of the FBI’s National Academy.
Hendricks currently oversees the LBPD Investigations Bureau.
Commander Paul LeBaron
Commander Paul LeBaron is a 20-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department. As a patrol officer, supervisor, and watch commander, he has worked on all watches and in each of the department’s geographical patrol divisions. His previous assignments include working as a bicycle officer, a field training officer, Internal Affairs, and vice investigations. As a supervisor, he was assigned to the field training officer program, media relations, and drug investigations.
LeBaron holds an associate’s in arts degree from Santa Ana College and a bachelor’s of arts degree in communication studies at California State University, Long Beach. LeBaron is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI), Class #177. He is also an instructor for DARE International, PTA organizations within the Long Beach Unified School District and the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance.
LeBaron is currently assigned to the Patrol Bureau’s East Division.
Commander Elizabeth Griffin
Commander Elizabeth Griffin is a 20-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department. During her career, she has been assigned to all four patrol divisions and has worked special assignments that include the North Division bike detail, field training officer program, Police Athletic League, and as a detective in the violent crimes detail. Supervisory assignments have included patrol, patrol bureau administration, Internal Affairs, and the field support division. She most recently served as the administrative lieutenant under the direction of the patrol bureau deputy chief.
Griffin holds a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice from California State University Fullerton and a master’s degree in Emergency Management Services from CSULB. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Sherman Block Supervisor Leadership Institute, USC’s Delinquency Control Institute and LAPD’s West Point Leadership Program.
Griffin is currently assigned to the Emergency Operations Division.
Commander Donald Wood
Commander Donald Wood is an 18-year law-enforcement veteran who was hired into the LBPD as a lateral officer from the Maywood Police Department in 2000. His patrol assignments have included east and west patrol and the field training officer program. He was also a detective assigned to the Investigations Bureau and worked auto theft, burglary and domestic violence details. His supervisory assignments have included patrol and Internal Affairs, and most recently he served as a lieutenant in the West Patrol Division. Wood also served as the acting commander of the West Division during the recent consolidation of the South and West Patrol Divisions.
Wood is currently working towards his bachelor’s degree and is currently assigned to the Investigation Bureau’s Gangs and Violent Crimes Division.