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Chief Beck shuffles top commanders; financial woes cited

October 10, 2011 | 12:17 pm

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced changes Monday to his senior command staff as he shuffled high-ranking officials to replace a retiring deputy chief.

Kirk Albanese, the current deputy chief in charge of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Bureau, will take over the department’s Detective Bureau. He replaces Deputy Chief David Doan, who is retiring after 37 years on the job.

In his new post, Albanese, a 31-year LAPD veteran, will oversee several of the agency’s high-profile operations, including vice, narcotics and the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

Commander Jorge Villegas will take over the Valley assignment from Albanese. It is familiar territory for Villegas, who was a top official in the Valley Bureau before moving a few years ago to the LAPD’s downtown headquarters for another assignment.

Putting a commander, the fourth-highest rank in the LAPD, in charge of one of the department’s sprawling area bureaus is somewhat unusual.

Beck, however, has few options. The city’s ongoing financial woes have slowed the normal pace of promotions to a near standstill.


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Photo: Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced changes to his senior staff Monday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times