Command Staff and Leadership Team

Chief Jeff Calvert 

Chief Calvert is a 25-year law enforcement veteran who began his career as a reserve Deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department before being hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Orange County Sheriff's Department. In 1996 he found his calling at the Laguna Beach Police Department. During his tenure in Laguna Beach, Chief Calvert has worked a variety of assignments including Patrol, Field Training Officer, Special Investigations Unit Detective, Sergeant, and Lieutenant Shift Commander.  As Captain, he also led both major divisions within the Police Department: the Support/Investigative Services Division and the Field Services Division.

Chief Calvert has been instrumental in implementing numerous enforcement, education, and community-related programs at the Laguna Beach Police Department including the new Outdoor Warning System, Evacuation Time Study, K-9 program, Homeland Security Drug Interdiction Maritime team, Unmanned Aerial System program (UAS), Drug Recognition Expert team, Peer Support team, Honor Guard team, Teen Leadership Academy, and the annual Road Safety Expo. 

The City Manager is responsible for selecting and appointing the City’s Police Chief.  Through this appointment, Calvert becomes the 18th Police Chief for the City of Laguna Beach.

Chief Calvert was born and raised in Southern California. He possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Chapman University and a Master's Degree in Executive Leadership from the University of Southern California (USC) Price School of Public Policy. He is also a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy and is an active member of the FBI National Academy Associates, California Police Chief's Association, and International Association of Chiefs of Police. 

Chief Calvert and his wife Amy proudly live in Laguna Beach with their daughter. 

Captain Rachel Johnson

Captain Rachel Johnson is a United States Marine Corps Veteran. She served in the military from 1997 – 2001 where she attained the rank of Sergeant. During her time of service, she was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, CA as an Air Control Electronics Operator. In 2001, Captain Johnson began her career in law enforcement at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department before transferring to the Newport Beach Police Department. Captain Johnson is a 19-year law enforcement veteran. During her tenure in Newport Beach, Captain Johnson worked a variety of assignments which have included; DARE Officer, Field Training Officer, Honor Guard Member, Volunteer and Reserve Coordinator, and Crisis Negotiation Team Member. She was promoted to Sergeant in 2012 where she became a Field Supervisor. She would later supervise the Traffic Division, Special Events and the Major Accident Investigation Team. In 2014 she was awarded the Lifesaving Medal. In 2017, she promoted to Lieutenant where she oversaw Jail operations, the Mounted Unit and the Explorer program.

Captain Johnson began her career with the Laguna Beach Police Department in January, 2020. As one of two Police Captains within the organization, Captain Johnson leads the Support and Investigative Services Division.

Captain Johnson was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She earned her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Santa Ana College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix and Master’s Degree in the Administration of Justice and Security from University of Phoenix. In addition, she is a graduate of Sherman Block Leadership Institute Class 370 and a Graduate of IACP’s Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI).

Professionally, she is involved in the First Battalion, First Marines Foundation and Leadership Tomorrow, Orange County. Captain Johnson is an avid baseball fan, runs half marathons and enjoys backpacking.

Jim Beres, Civilian Services Administrator

Jim Beres started his law enforcement career with the Orange Police Department as a Police Cadet in 1987, and promoted to Police Services Officer from 1989 to 1990.  From 1990 to 1994 Jim worked for the City of Stanton as a Parking Enforcement Officer, also assisting with code enforcement.  Jim started working for the City of El Monte in 1994 as a Code Enforcement Officer, and promoted to Senior Code Enforcement Officer, Code Enforcement Supervisor, and Neighborhood Services Manager with the El Monte Police Department.  

As the Neighborhood Services Manager he was responsible for managing code enforcement, parking enforcement, animal control, police permits, taxicab regulation and inspections, CPTED projects, and working with the problem oriented policing team to reduce crime and public nuisances.  In 2010 Jim joined the Laguna Beach Police Department as the Civilian Services Administrator.  Jim is responsible for managing the Civilian Services Division which includes parking enforcement, animal control, the animal shelter, beach patrol, the police traffic control aides and police cadets, and the police volunteer program.  Jim also assists with various special projects and events that occur throughout the year, and is the Police Department’s staff liaison for the Parking, Traffic, and Circulation Committee.  Jim was honored to be chosen by his fellow employees as the Civilian Employee of the Year in 2012.