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Pension commissioner appointed to LAPD's Police Commission

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An attorney who has spent a year overseeing the pensions of police officers and firefighters was appointed today to the Board of Police Commissioners.

Rafael Bernardino’s appointment is subject to approval by the Los Angeles City Council. He would replace Debra Wong Yang.

“Rafael Bernardino has demonstrated his commitment to public safety as a member of the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners, and we’re looking forward to his continued service on the Police Commission,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. 

“That experience on the Pension Commission, plus his decades of legal experience, will be a great asset to the Police Commission.”

Bernardino is a partner at Hobson, Bernardino & Davis, LLP. He is also an adjunct professor at Westwood College.

Last month, attorney Andrea Ordin returned to the Police Commission to replace Alan Skobin, who was moved to the Board of Fire Commissioners.

The five-member Board of Police Commissioners is a civilian panel that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department. 

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