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New LAPD chief to be named this morning

November 3, 2009 |  6:45 am

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to appoint a new police chief today at 11 a.m. at the Getty House, the mayor's official residence.

Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Charlie Beck, Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell and Deputy Chief Michel Moore met one on one with Villaraigosa on Sunday for about an hour each. The candidates each met with Villaraigosa for several hours last week, and the mayor's request to see them again appeared to indicate that the choice was not an easy one.

Villaraigosa has said that picking the person to succeed William J. Bratton, who departed Saturday after seven years as chief, will be one of the most serious decisions he makes in office.

Beck, McDonnell and Moore each bring unique qualities and leadership styles to the table and would make very different chiefs. With the city facing a severe budget shortfall and general economic woes threatening to push crime higher, Bratton's successor will have the challenging task of continuing to make gains on crime rates -- or at least minimizing losses -- while keeping up morale among the rank and file.

-- Joel Rubin

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