A law professor, a former media executive and a longtime civic leader were among the Angelenos appointed to the Board of Police Commissioners Wednesday by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Garcetti is replacing four of the five commissioners who had served under the Antonio Villaraigosa Administration. Robert Saltzman, a law professor at USC, was the only commissioner to remain on the board.
If they are approved by the Los Angeles City Council, the new commissioners would be:
- Sandra Figueroa-Villa, executive director, El Centro del Pueblo
- Kathleen Kim, law professor, Loyola Law School
- Paula Madison, majority owner, Los Angeles Sparks
- Steve Soboroff, chairman, Weingart Foundation
"We're going to keep up the momentum on crime to make every L.A. neighborhood safer and more prosperous," Garcetti said. "Job creation is one of my top priorities, but a strong L.A. economy isn't possible without public safety. When our streets are safe, businesses grow, tourists visit, and our communities and families thrive."
Soboroff is a longtime civic leader who served as president of the Board of Recreation and Parks from 1995 to 2000. He ran for mayor in 2001, and has lobbied the city to increase spending on community parks.
Madison is the former general manager of KNBC-4 and chief diversity officer for NBCUniversal. She and her husband are the majority owners of Los Angeles' WNBA team.
Kim is a law professor who has focused on human trafficking and the exploitation of undocumented workers. Figueroa-Villa has overseen El Centro del Pueblo, a nonprofit serving the Echo Park area.
Police commissioners are responsible for overseeing the Los Angeles Police Department's policies and operations.