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3 high-ranking LAPD officers are finalists to become next chief

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The Los Angeles Police Commission has recommended a trio of finalists to replace Police Chief Bill Bratton. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa must now choose between three high-ranking LAPD officers.

Michel Moore, Charlie Beck, and Jim McDonnell have all given decades of service to the L.A. Police Department. The civilian police commission and L.A.’s mayor agree that says a lot about Bill Bratton’s ability to groom strong leaders. Commission President John Mack said the finalist stage also signals it’s time to look forward.

"We know Bill Bratton is unique," said Mack. "There’s only one Bill Bratton, so we were not looking for another Bill Bratton."

The commission interviewed 13 candidates. Mack said the candidate pool included women, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Latinos. He said the commission convened five public hearings on the selection of the new chief.

"Frankly, many of the people of color were there advocating on behalf of white candidates," said Mack.

Mack said that indicates how much progress Los Angeles has made during the last decade and a half.