Torrance police Lt. Jeremiah “Jay” Hart has been named the new Torrance police chief, City Manager Aram Chaparyan announced Wednesday.

Hart will assume his new duties on June 20, Chaparyan said. The current interim police chief, Jon Megeff, will continue to serve in that capacity until Hart is sworn in.

Hart was chosen out of 17 candidates, which included both internal and external applicants. As the 11th Torrance Police Chief, he will be responsible for leading the police department with a focus on community engagement, innovation, and developing the next generation of department managers, while staying at the forefront of law enforcement trends, Chaparyan said.

Hart began his career in law enforcement as a patrol officer for Pasadena in 1998. In 2001 he was hired by the Torrance Police Department and served in various assignments including patrol officer, motor officer, recruitment training officer, and patrol field supervisor. In 2008, he was promoted to sergeant. While in that role, Hart served as the former chief’s adjutant/public information officer, and a personnel sergeant, in addition to overseeing research and training.

Hart has served as a Torrance police lieutenant since 2015. His duties have included serving as watch commander, supervising the Traffic and Special Events Division, and managing the Communications/Information Technology Division. In addition, his other assignments included acting as the unmanned aircraft systems commander and as a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team.

“Jay’s experience, continued education, training and community involvement are reflective of his professional commitment to law enforcement and to the city of Torrance,” Chaparyan said. “He remains actively engaged in the law enforcement community and is focused on providing the highest standards and optimum public service. I am confident he will prove himself to be a great chief.”

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