LAPD Chief Bill Bratton's "I am Leaving LA Tour" Continues as Selection of Replacement Narrows to Three
The Daily News reports that the Police Commission will today submit a list of three finalists from the field of 13 applicants (11 from within LAPD and two outsiders), to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his final consideration.
Mayor Villaraigosa for his part, with help from an blue-ribbon panel headed by former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who also headed the efforts to reform LAPD after the Rodney King beating and the riot of 1992, will announce his choice on Monday.
The three finalists will be interview on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday respectively. One can expect that this final interview process, combine with Monday's announcement, will be stage crafted by the likes of Matt Szabo, to maximize the political benefits for Mayor Villaraigosa.
As Daily News longtime City Hall beat writer Rick Orlov reported in his "Tipoff" column yesterday, "the new executive team for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been busy figuring out what it can do to regain lost momentum to help him in his final three years in office. A number of staff changes are expected in the coming weeks.
Most of the attention is on staff accountability, but it goes beyond his own office.
Meetings have been held with general managers to look at the services the city now performs and figure out which ones can be jettisoned to get back to the core services the city can afford.
As for Villaraigosa, the selection of the next police chief is seen as giving him a chance to continue his emphasis on law and order issues".
And who are some of the candidates worth noting as the Police Commission nears its decision on the finalists?
Dennis Romero in the LA Weekly, pens former LAPD Deputy Chief and current San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon as one of the two outsiders under consideration.
LA Times scribe Joel Rubin highlights Deputy Chief Sandy Jo MacAuthur as someone who could sway an interview panel if given the chance.
Longtime political observer and blogger Joe Scott, has it being a three way competition between Jim McDonnell, First Assistant Chief and Chief of Staff; Earl Pasinger, Assistant Chief in charge of operations; and Charlie Beck, Deputy Chief and Chief of Detectives.
Celeste Fremon at Witness LA sees Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz as a "dark horse" candidate.
Meanwhile, as the speculation builds regarding the selection of Los Angeles next Top Cop, the current one continues on in stating his opinion on the issues of the day.
Chief Bratton has a Op-ed in todays LA Times "The LAPD fights crime, not illegal immigration" . Simply stated, Bratton calls upon his successor to continue upholding the principles of Special Order 40, as this passage illustrates.
As I leave my position as leader of the LAPD, I will encourage my successor to adopt the same rigid attitude toward keeping Special Order 40 and keeping the mission of the men and women of the department focused on community cooperation instead of community alienation.
Maybe someone should read this to the family of Jamiel Shaw Jr., as illegal alien gangbanger/killer Pedro Espinosa awaits his day of judgment, and pen their opinion of Chief Bratton comments.
** Was one of the candidates for chief, responsible for this fiasco as highlighted by the officer known as "Jack Dunphy"?
** Daily News scribe Tony Castro, "Next LAPD chief could be historic selection"