Replacement for LAPD Chief Bratton Underway
CNS--The Police Commission started interviewing candidates to replace police Chief William Bratton on Wednesday.
Out of 24 applicants, the city's Personnel Department chose about a dozen to be interviewed by the commission. The interviews will continue Thursday. Under the city charter, the Police Commission must recommend three candidates to the mayor.
The interviews with all five members of the Police Commission--president John Mack, vice president Andrea Ordin and members Robert Saltzman, Alan Skobin and Debra Wong Yang--will done at the City Club on Bunker Hill, starting about 8 a.m.
The commission will try to narrow the candidates to three finalists by Nov. 16--more than two weeks after Bratton departs to take a new job in New York City--but an interim chief is not expected to be named.
"We wouldn't need it because we have a strong command staff," Mack has said. "We don't expect the place to fall apart in two weeks."
Bratton has suggested that a member of his command staff be named his successor, saying "now is the time for an insider," though he has not publicly endorsed anyone.
Bratton, 62, is going to work for the Falls Church, Va.-based global security firm Altegrity, which specializes in bringing "professional, modern criminal justice systems" to post-conflict nations like Afghanistan and Iraq.
His nearly seven-year tenure in the LAPD has been praised for driving crime rates to historic lows. Among other achievements, he increased the department's ranks to 10,000 police officers and helped it achieve compliance with the consent decree imposed after the 1998 Rampart scandal.