Costa Mesa Police Chief Chris Shawkey hails from Arizona, where he was a Phoenix-area cop for years. After taking over the Costa Mesa department in 2007, he's had to lead through some challenging times — including tough budget cuts — and some high-profile investigations. But his future with CMPD is in question. City Manager Allan Roeder put him on administrative leave for undisclosed reasons in November.
Steve Lewis, who retired in March as the Newport Beach Fire Department chief, for more than three years oversaw the department's wide-ranging duties, which include basic fire response, lifeguards on the city's beaches and Corona del Mar State Beach, and collaborating with the Orange County Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol.
Lewis is an annual participant in the junior lifeguards' Monster Mile race.
At the helm of the Costa Mesa Fire Department for about three years, during which he had to live with a shrinking budget, Mike Morgan retired in October. It wasn't long though before he was back in the news, this time taking over as interim fire chief for Newport Beach. Morgan is contracted to stay with the city for six months as City Manager Dave Kiff conducts a second search for a permanent chief.
When Kori Johnson became Costa Mesa High School cheer coach, she made the team so popular that ABC featured the team on "Nightline." The squad has been grabbing all kinds of titles and is nationally recognized for its talent. Johnson has her team follow rules that include how to be role models through volunteering and serving their community at large.
Newport Harbor High School football Coach Jeff Brinkley is one of eight coaches in Orange County to have won 200 games. Brinkley, who just wrapped up his 25th season at Newport Harbor, boasts a 208-88-3 record at the school. In November, he led the Sailors to the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs, the program's 19th postseason appearance under Brinkley. He has won championships in 1994, 1995 and 2005.