Former Los Angeles Police Commission inspector general André Birotte Jr. was sworn in Thursday as the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, which includes Los Angeles. He was deputized in a private ceremony in L.A.
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Birotte wil be in charge of the second-largest U.S. Attorney's office -- only Washington, D.C.'s is bigger -- with jurisdiction over 18 million residents in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. About 275 attorneys will be under his supervision.
"It is my great pleasure to be leading what is widely considered to be one of the nation's premier public law firms," Birotte stated. "This United States Attorney's Office has a long tradition of handling some of the most significant cases in the nation, and my goal is to further enhance that tradition."
Meanwhile the Police Commission on Thursday chose assistant inspector general Django Sibley to serve as acting inspector general until a permanent replacement for Birotte can be found.
"Mr. Sibley is a very talented professional with excellent judgment and integrity," stated commission president John Mack. "He will serve the City well through this transition period in the office of the inspector general."