Joseph Stilinovich

Chief of Police

Telephone: 562.799.4100 Ext. 1123


Chief Stilinovich brings over 17 years of experience in public service to the Seal Beach Police Department. Prior to working in Seal Beach, Chief Stilinovich had spent his entire career with the Long Beach Police Department. His assignments included Patrol South Division Commander, Training Division Commander, and Gang and Violent Crime Commander. 

Chief Stilinovich has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Emergency Service Administration both from California State University, Long Beach. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, West Point Leadership Program, Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, and 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. 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.”