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Seal Beach Taps Veteran Long Beach Cop as New Police Chief

Commander Joe Stilinovich is a 17-year member of the Long Beach Police Department and will take the place of interim Chief Keith Kilmer.

Seal Beach has a new top cop.

Commander Joe Stilinovich, a 17-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department, will head the Seal Beach Police Department, officials announced Wednesday.

Interim SBPD Chief Keith Kilmer will retire when Stilinovich takes the reigns. City staff said no date is set for Stilinovich to take office, but expect it happen sometime in the next two months.

For the past five years, Stilinovich has been a LBPD commander and currently serves as the Gang and Violent Crimes Divison Commander.  His assignments have also included Patrol South Division Commander and Training Division Commander. 

“I believe that we have found in Commander Stilinovich, a chief of police that not only has the professional qualifications, but the personal attributes, demeanor, interests, and community spirit that will make him an excellent fit for this very important position in Seal Beach,” said Mayor Michael Levitt in a written statement.

According to Seal Beach staff, Stilinovich has a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in emergency service administration, both from California State University, Long Beach. 

A graduate of the FBI National Academy, the West Point Leadership Program, and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, and Stilinovich has also received the California Peace Officers Association Professional Achievement Award.

"I am very honored and humbled to have been selected by City Manager Ingram to serve as the chief of police for the Seal Beach Police Department,” Stilinovich said in a written statement. “Policing is a people business and Seal Beach is known for being a close-knit, supportive community. I am excited to work with the community and entire City family.

“The Seal Beach Police Department is a strong, well respected organization. My goal is to keep the Department moving forward while ensuring we are responsive, approachable and transparent to the community we serve.”

John B. Greet October 31, 2012 at 10:38 PM
This is excellent news and a well-deserved appointment. Congrats, Commander Stilinovich!
Mike Ruehle November 01, 2012 at 09:43 AM
Commander Stilinovich admitted paying a future murderer as a medpot collectives informant who broke the law by joining multiple collectives for the Long Beach Police Department. Not only that, Long Beach police withheld this information from a mother whose son was murdered by the Long Beach police informant. http://www.lbpost.com/life/2000001076-mother-wonders-why-police-were-working-with-her-son-s-eventual-murderer
Deborah Bohnlein November 01, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Very twisted. Commander Stilinovich and the PD did not break any laws. Blame lays with the murderer.
Deborah Bohnlein November 01, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Congratulations to a truly deserving man!
The Beast ! November 01, 2012 at 12:21 PM
A JOKE !
Dr. Zillman November 01, 2012 at 02:57 PM
He'll be going from an active combat duty assignment to managing crime in paradise. Huge change in environment.
John B. Greet November 01, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Rarely, if ever, a good thing to say about LBPD or anyone who works or worked there, ay Ruehle? Well, at least you're consistent. BTW, the article you have linked does not state what you claim. Cmdr. Stilinovich had not "admitted to paying a future murderer..." The article states that "Windom says" that "[Stilinovich] admitted that (LBPD) used (Walker)..." Stilinovich paid no one. LBPD paid Walker as an informant, not as a "future murderer." Can you explain how you believe LBPD was supposed to know that Walker would commit a murder on some future date? You really should try to mature a bit as a commenter and out-grow this unfortunate habit of yours of false, fraudulent, and otherwise misleading commentary. Your intent, here, seems clear...to impugn one of LBPD's most excellent and professional employees in an article that describes his appointment as a local area Chief of Police. Really, really sad.
Johnny Utah November 01, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Wow...leaving LB he might be bored, poor guy...
Mike Ruehle November 01, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Why not ask the mother whose son was murdered by a Long Beach police department employee overseen by Commander Stilinovic to hear her opinon of where the blame lies?
John B. Greet November 01, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Thanks, Ruehle. Based upon what Ms. Windom told LBPost, she is very distraught and upset and, I think, with very good reason. As I stated in comments there: "I think Ms. Windom does deserve answers to any question she may choose to ask LBPD." I'll try this again since you conveniently chose to ignore it the first time: "(T)he article you have linked does not state what you claim. Cmdr. Stilinovich had not "admitted to paying a future murderer..." The article states that "Windom says" that "[Stilinovich] admitted that (LBPD) used (Walker)..." Stilinovich paid no one. LBPD paid Walker as an informant, not as a "future murderer." Can you explain how you believe LBPD was supposed to know that Walker would commit a murder on some future date?" Are you interested in responding directly to *those* challenges to your comments, Ruehle? Or are you just going to continue to ignore them as usual when you have no reasonable response to offer?
Mike Ruehle November 01, 2012 at 07:34 PM
For those who don't know, John Bradely Greet is a recently retired Long Beach police officer. He prefers people don't know why he is biased.
John B. Greet November 01, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Thanks, Ruehle. I have never denied my status as a retired member of LBPD. How is that pertinent to wishing someone well and congratulating him when he receives a significant and well-deserved appointment? How is that pertinent to seeking to call you on your falsehoods, on any topic, each time they come to my attention? Is your past history as a convicted criminal pertinent to your own bias? I'll try this yet again since you conveniently chose to ignore it the first *and second* time: "(T)he article you have linked does not state what you claim. Cmdr. Stilinovich had not "admitted to paying a future murderer..." The article states that "Windom says" that "[Stilinovich] admitted that (LBPD) used (Walker)..." Stilinovich paid no one. LBPD paid Walker as an informant, not as a "future murderer." Can you explain how you believe LBPD was supposed to know that Walker would commit a murder on some future date?" Are you interested in responding directly to *those* challenges to your comments, Ruehle? Or are you just going to continue to deflect and ignore them as usual when you have no reasonable response to offer?
bill November 01, 2012 at 10:25 PM
i pay alot of people for their services, will it be my fault if one of them commit a crime at a later date ?
Nancy Wride (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I guess I thought it was fairly common--not saying right or wrong as don't know this case--that informants are informing to win reduced sentences for their own criminal behavior? Maybe I've watched too many crime procedurals.
Mike Ruehle November 02, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Bill, do you pay people to commit crimes like the LBPD paid their informant to illegally register with multiple medpot collectives?
Mike Ruehle November 02, 2012 at 01:25 AM
So why was he paid to inform? Why did the police attempt to hide from the mother of the murdered victim that he was a paid employee of the police department. Might a person working for the police act with impunity, thinking his employer has his back?
John B. Greet November 02, 2012 at 01:49 AM
"...like the LBPD paid their informant to illegally register with multiple medpot collectives?" On what proof do you base your accusation that LBPD paid their informant to commit crimes, Ruehle?
John B. Greet November 02, 2012 at 02:30 PM
"Why did the police attempt to hide from the mother of the murdered victim that he was a paid employee of the police department." Ruehle, on what facts do you base this accusation? The article you, yourself, have linked here clearly states that Ms. Windom composed a letter to Chief McDonnell and that "within days she received a call from Commander Joe Stilinovich, who confirmed that Walker had indeed been working for the LBPD." What part of that information -that *you* linked to- can reasonably be interpreted in the manner in which you have here?
bill November 02, 2012 at 09:05 PM
how can a person get apples and oranges mixed up ?

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