The Los Angeles Police Commission says Police Chief William Bratton’s work “exceeds standards” and is giving the maximum possible pay raise possible, 5 percent, says the Los Angeles Times. The decision bodes well for him getting another five-year term next year. The raise boosts Bratton’s salary by $13,991 to $293,825 annually, keeping him as one of the highest paid city officials. Bratton, 59, was hired as chief in 2002. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said, “I believe Bill Bratton is the finest police chief in America, and the results prove it. While crime is up across the nation, it continues to drop in Los Angeles.”
If Bratton gets a second five-year term, he would be the first to be retained since the 1992 redrafting of the City Charter, which gives the commission power to reappoint or reject a second term. The commission gave Bratton high marks despite recent controversies, including three videotaped incidents in which officers were alleged to have used excessive force, and a lawsuit by a sergeant alleging that Bratton’s handpicked ex-head of internal affairs gave preferential treatment – and helped secure promotions – for subordinate female officers with whom he had sex.