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Villaraigosa prepares to interview 3 finalists for LAPD police chief

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – and everyone else – could learn the names of the L.A. Police Commission’s three finalists for the next police chief as early as tomorrow. The Mayor's Office has released a tentative schedule for what happens once the L.A. Police Commission releases the names of its top three picks.

On Wednesday at Getty House, his official residence, Mayor Villaraigosa plans to meet first with members of an advisory committee he's called on for help with his decision. That group includes former Secretary of State Warren Christopher and civil rights attorney Connie Rice.

Then, the first of the three finalists will show up for an interview with the mayor. Also on Wednesday, the police commission’s expected to name a temporary replacement for outgoing police chief Bill Bratton.

On Thursday and Friday, Mayor Villaraigosa plans to interview the second and third finalists. The mayor’s deputy chief of staff says the schedule’s been cleared to allow the mayor to spend as much time as necessary with each candidate. During the weekend, the advisory group will head back to Getty House for another meeting.

By Monday, Villaraigosa could announce his nominee – unless he rejects the three finalists. Then, the police commission would have to send him the next three on its list.