People will be able to weigh in on selection of new LAPD chief

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Angelenos will be able to weigh in on the choice of a new L.A. police chief. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall says the civilian Police Commission plans a series of public meetings next week.

Starting next Wednesday, the commission’s scheduled four evening meetings near Griffith Park, in South Los Angeles, on L.A.’s Westside and in the San Fernando Valley. Police Commission president John Mack said it’s extremely important that he and his colleagues hear from people throughout the city about what’s important to them in the selection process.

People who won’t be able to attend the meetings may use a survey to be posted on the city’s Web site to list the characteristics they’d like to see in Los Angeles’ next police chief. The current chief, William Bratton, plans to leave the department at the end of October for a job with a global security company.

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has said he hopes to name a replacement for Bratton before he departs, but the Police Commission and the city’s personnel manager have expressed doubts they can move that fast. To bridge the gap, the mayor may appoint an interim chief.