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Police Commission begins interviews today for next LAPD chief

October 21, 2009 |  8:06 am

The Los Angeles Police Commission is meeting today to begin interviewing candidates vying to become the next chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Four department insiders are considered the front-runners, according to those monitoring the confidential selection process. The top candidates are said to be assistant chiefs Jim McDonnell, Earl Paysinger and Sharon Papa, and Deputy Chief Charlie Beck.

They are seeking to replace outgoing Chief William J. Bratton, who is leaving to take a civilian job.

LAPD-watchers cautioned that the competition is far from over and that much rests with the candidates' interviews with the commission and later with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has the final say.

Read the complete story on the search for a new L.A. police chief.

-- Joel Rubin

Photos: Jim McDonnell, Earl Paysinger, Sharon Papa and Charlie Beck. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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