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Costa Mesa Police Department
Wednesday June 7th, 2023 :: 04:18 p.m. PDT


CMPD sees largest promotion of personnel in the department’s recent history

COSTA MESA, Calif. (June 7, 2023) – The Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) and Chief Ronald A. Lawrence announced today its largest promotion of Department personnel in its recent history.
“I am proud to announce these well-deserved promotions,” said Chief Lawrence. “With so many qualified candidates, I had a difficult decision to make on these three levels. Leadership requires someone to constantly drive themselves to develop their leadership skills, maintain a humble confidence, remain calm and poised in the face of adversity, hold themselves and others accountable to high standards, and lift others up by inspiring people around them to be the best versions of themselves. All of these candidates possess these qualities, and I am excited to see how they will assist me in ushering in a new legacy at this Department.”
CMPD is promoting two captains, two lieutenants and two sergeants, all to fill vacancies created by recent retirements and a backfill due to the promotion of Deputy Chief LaPointe.
Those being promoted include:
  • Bryan Wadkins, a 27-year veteran of CMPD, promoted to Police Captain
  • Jason Chamness, a 20-year veteran of CMPD, promoted to Police Captain
  • Carlos Diaz, a 27-year veteran of CMPD, promoted to Police Lieutenant
  • Michelle Bradbury, a 20-year veteran of CMPD, promoted to Police Lieutenant
  • Jake Jacobi, a 10-year veteran of CMPD, promoted to Police Sergeant
  • Nick Wilson, a 7-year veteran of CMPD, promoted to Police Sergeant
The promotion of those six leaders follows earlier promotions from this year including:
  • Joyce LaPointe, a 26-year veteran of CMPD, promoted to Deputy Chief of Police
  • Scott Stafford, a 21-year veteran of CMPD, promoted to Police Lieutenant
  • David Sevilla, a 23-year veteran of CMPD, promoted to Police Sergeant
  • Hans-Walter Guenther, an 18-year veteran of CMPD, promoted to Police Sergeant

That brings the total to 10 significant promotions in five months. The named personnel have the expertise, specialized professional training and bachelor’s degrees to succeed in their new assignment, with Captain Chamness and Lt. Diaz currently working on a master’s degree.
Mayor John Stephens hailed the promotions as great news for Costa Mesa.
“This is an exciting era for the Costa Mesa Police Department.” Mayor Stephens said. “I congratulate all the personnel promoted on their merits and trust that they will continue to perform at the highest level. I’m always impressed by our PD’s professionalism and commitment to service. We have a great police department with a bright future.”
City Manager Lori Ann Farrell Harrison congratulated Chief Lawrence and all those newly promoted.
“I am so proud of the stellar leaders being promoted in our Police Department,” said City Manager Farrell Harrison. “I know how hard they work and how dedicated they all are to serving the community. This cadre of new leaders will ensure strong succession planning for the Department and promote innovation and fresh ideas under the skilled leadership of Chief Lawrence.”
The vision of CMPD is to strengthen community safety through innovative policing while inspiring a culture of collaboration and well-being. It is that vision that carries the Department into the future after seven decades of dedicated service to the great City of Costa Mesa.
Media Contact:
Roxi Fyad, Public Affairs Manager
Costa Mesa Police Department
[email protected]

Costa Mesa Police Department
99 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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