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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Breaking News!! Deputy Chiefs Beck, McDonnell and Moore are Three Finalists to replace Chief Bratton

Who will be Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's choice to replace Chief Bratton?
The final three choices to replace Chief Bill Bratton have been selected by the Police Commission.
They are Asst. Chief Jim McDonnell, Deputy Chief Charlie Beck and Deputy Chief Michael Moore.
Already, via KNX 1070 AM, comments are being made about the racial makeup of the candidates (all the candidates are white). Second, Deputy Chief Charles Beck is the favorite. Third, why no consideration to candidates outside the department? And lastly, out-going Chief Bill Bratton surely was influential in this selection process.
Each candidate will now be subjected to an interview with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during the remain days of this work week. Mayor Villaraigosa in the just concluded photo op/press conference, stated that he would be deliberate and inclusive in his decision making process.
** Deputy Chief Michael Downing will serve as the "interm chief" until Bratton's replacement is sworn in to office.
** LA Times story with background on the three finalists.
** LAPPL President Paul Weber "Next chief needs to be people person"
Your thoughts............................

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

You have 1st Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell's name spelled wrong. McDonnell is #1 favorite wtih rank and file and McDonnell is better known citywide. Deputy Chief Moore not liked by rank and file only few in Valley. Done good with gangs but dark horse. He'll use he's part Latino. Beck is good from work he's done with Connie Rice but watch the Village Idiot Jeff Carr to support him which is conflict of interest. Overall when you compare experience McDonnell seems to have more then the other two

October 27, 2009 5:39 PM  

Anonymous Nina Royal said:

Thank you to the Police Commission who had a really tough job because they had such a large number of competent candidates to select from. I'm happy to see they are all members of the LAPD
and they all believe in Community Based Policing.

The fact that they did have so many competent LAPD personnel to chose from says a lot today's LAPD.

LAPD has come a long way and they are an organization we should be proud of.

October 27, 2009 6:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

KNX comments about the racial and gender make-up of the finalists are misplaced. The police commission was charged with finding the best candidates, not with just bringing in people because of skin color or gender.

They have chosen three highly qualified individuals. In a day where the President, the Attorney General and the California Speaker of the Assembly are either black, female or both, and were also chosen for their abilities and not their skin color, there is no need to make decisons based on affirmative action anymore.

But leave it to the media to try to stir things up and put a racial spin on things.

October 27, 2009 8:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Moore is a surprise. I do think Paysinger may have suffered from the fact that the last two chiefs were black and were terrible. Diaz just was too unready and the rank & file feel he only got this far this fast because he's Latino (Cuban, which isn't even that popular with Mexicans who are the city majority).

Paysinger's still young enough to get his shot next time - he did a great job with the Lakers etc. and should be kept second in command.

Moore may have been to appease the West Valley and conservatives - his division has been toughest on going after illegal immigrants who are stopped for other causes as SO40 allows.

There are rumors about his personal background and problems with being sexist to women, however, maybe just rumors. But if you can't mention them here on the blog of "rumors and innuendo," where can you?

October 27, 2009 9:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Certainly Nuch, Wet Spot, SLAP, Higby, Walter Moore, Clown Phil J and Cooley are happy all of them are white.

October 27, 2009 9:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This has to be the hardest choice for the Mayor. All 3 are really excellent, first class, and supremely qualified.
Each has his own particular qualities and it really boils down to this:
Jim: Very popular with the troops and community (Think: Obama/Reagan)
Charlie: Solid, by the book (Think: Joe Friday)
Michael: Forward thinker (Think: Steve Jobs)

I'm glad I don't have to make the choice, because each of them will make great Chiefs, but I have to admit that Jim's experience as Bratton's #2 makes him a close favorite.

Then again, Charlie Beck's a fantastic organizer and knows how to get things done - rape kit backlog, and knows how to give very clear, very easy to understand instructions. Moore's younger and more of an 'out of the box' thinker. Shit. All three are great!

One thing's for sure, whichever of these three the Mayor picks, Los Angeles wins.

October 27, 2009 9:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Daily Snooze's article says that Moore came out to them just last week claiming to be Hispanic because his father is from Spain. Really? With a name like Moore and his rep for Hispanic illegals from down south? Sure he isn't related to Walter Moore? Or is it because the two top "Latino community identifying Latinos" just didn't cut it? Did this Moore satisfy the "ethnic quotient?" No doubt he's qualified as are the others but I hope they're not twisting the ethnic card here.

October 27, 2009 9:36 PM  

Blogger Foxy LA Lady said:

Jim McDonnell is the best choice. Moore is a suprise and I don't see him landing the post. Paysinger had a few bumps in the road such as the gun that lead back to him which O.J.'s used in the slow-speed chase. We don't need anymore "blast from the past" stigma with the job of top cop.

Frankly, I think we have three good choices. McDonnell is our winner though. He appeals to the Department, City Hall as well as to the people. We can't say that about the others (that we know of).

Either way, I wish all of them good luck. COPS have a tough job, no matter what their rank is.

October 27, 2009 9:40 PM  

Anonymous Nina Royal said:

9:36 - FYI, you cannot tell a persons heritage or culture by their name. Both sides of my family hale from Sicily but no one would never guess because of my married name and very light complexion. I kept my married name because of my son, but I actually am an American of Italian heritage.

I interviewed Deputy Chief Moore several years ago and he told me he was adopted by his stepfather, whose name is Moore and he also told me his birth name which is hispanic. There was certainly no reason for him to fabricate that information for my benefit because it was not germane to my article. We were having a personal discussion before the interview.

October 28, 2009 12:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

finally a selection that has nothing to do with race. If Moore goes out and trys to use the race card it will backfire. McDonnell is who the cops want and unlike the other two actually has gone out and spoken to communities.

October 28, 2009 5:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Garcetti added that the mayor's choice will have to prove to council members that he is not only serious about fighting crime but also has developed deep ties with L.A.'s diverse communities.

Who the hell are these clowns to ask anything. They can't even do their own jobs let alone always want to question everyone else. Why isn't the media reporting who went to the Michael Jackson movie with VIP tickets from AEG? The nerve of Garcetti. I wish someone would do a job performance on these clowns about what they've done.

October 28, 2009 8:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My sources tell me that with a difficult choice in front of him, the Mayor will punt and appoint Jack Weiss.

October 28, 2009 10:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The LAPD has gone through many painful an progressive changs over the last ten years. The last thing LA needs now is someone to make changes to feed thier ego or to have buldings named after them when they are gone.

Of the three choices I believe Beck to be the best as his assignments have been more difficult and intricate than those of Moore and McDonnell. Beck is respect and loved by his subordinates while Moore rules by fear. The Valley poses much different issues the the inner city and Moore has been exiled to the Valley for a reason. His nickname on the department is police boy after all

October 28, 2009 10:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The major PROBLEM is Antonio needs a YES MAN and that's BECK. Insiders are saying its a done deal. Garcetti wants someone with cultural diversity. Ask BECK when was the last time he was on the Eastside or South LA Latino neighborhoods and the answer is NEVER.

October 28, 2009 2:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Although the Mayor may need a yes man like Beck, Beck does not have the management ability to run the department as a whole.

If that is the case, I believe with the budget issues, and some uptick in crime problems the department may do a back slide which definitly would not be in the interest of the Mayor.

McDonnell is still a better choice even if the Mayor does not have his yes man.

October 28, 2009 3:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Its too bad the Police Political League decided not to have a voice in the selection even though they represent the rank and file. How stupid is that? Cops are fuming because they want McDonnell and they pay union dues for what and no voice in one of the biggest decisions that will affect them. McDonnell has 7 years experience more then the other two as a 1st Assistant Chief and when Bratton was out of town he was the one who did the job.

October 28, 2009 5:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looking at their history, lst Ass't Chief McDonnell is the best choice.

He has already proven he can handle the job. Bratton has been out of town many times and when McDonnell acted as Chief he handled several crises and performed very well. He also has the most all around qualifications and the respect of the officers. I'm putting my money on him. He can be counted on to assure that the LAPD continues to be the top police force in the nation, while also keeping our officers safe.

October 28, 2009 11:54 PM  

Anonymous g said:


October 29, 2009 2:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Micheal Moore is a PSYCHO. He is intensely obsessive-compulsive. "Police boy" is the kindest name that can be used! Please pick anyone but him!

October 30, 2009 11:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I vote Assistant chief McDonnell.

October 30, 2009 4:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pete Malloy, where are you when we need you most?

October 30, 2009 9:27 PM  

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