Three Finalists For LAPD Police Chief Named

The three finalists for police chief of the Los Angeles Police Department are Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell, Deputy Chief Charlie Beck and Deputy Chief Michel Moore.

The three finalists were chosen unanimously by the police commission after a three-and-a-half hour closed-door meeting this afternoon. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to announce the names for the top job at a press conference soon.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Villaraigosa will announce his nominee Monday. His choice must be approved by the City Council in a vote tentatively planned for Nov. 10.

Deputy Chief Beck is currently in charge of the LAPD's Detectives Bureau. According to the LAPD's website, Beck was educated locally and attended California State University at Long Beach. His father was a Los Angeles Police officer who retired in 1980 at the rank of Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief Moore is a 27-year veteran of the LAPD, currently assigned as the Commanding Officer, Operations-Valley Bureau. Assistant Chief McDonnell has been a police officer with the LAPD since 1981. He is currently the second in command and serves as the Chief of Staff.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Michael Downing was named the Los Angeles Police Department's interim chief. Currently, Downing is in charge of the department's counterterrorism unit.

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