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Bell names new temporary police chief following scandal

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The Los Angeles County city of Bell has named a new acting police chief as part of its continuing effort to reform local government after eight former officials were indicted on corruption charges.

The city said in a statement Monday that patrol operations Capt. Tony Miranda will be acting police chief until a permanent replacement is appointed.

"[Miranda] is a person of great integrity. I greatly look forward to working with him as we move forward," said Bell City Manager Doug Willmore in the statement.

Miranda is a 22-year veteran of the department and is noted for his work with community outreach programs, including a parent patrol group for schools, the county's largest Explorer program and neighborhood watch groups.

Former chief Randy Adams was forced out two years ago after revelations that he was earning nearly $500,000 a year. He is now suing the city for severance pay and draws one of the state's highest public pensions: $22,000 a month.

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