The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday appointed Charlie Beck to a second five-year term as chief of the city's police department, reports the city’s Times. With Beck enjoying the strong support of Mayor Eric Garcetti, who appointed the commissioners and made clear in recent weeks that he wanted Beck to remain, the panel's 4-1 vote was widely anticipated.
Calling Beck “a man who has been a distinguished part of this department for 37 years,” commission President Steve Soboroff highlighted the city's low crime levels under the chief, including a reduction in gang crime, and his success strengthening the LAPD's ties to various communities. After the vote, Garcetti praised Beck, saying, “Today's LAPD is leap years ahead of where we were.” The decision to retain Beck, 61, for a second (and, by city law, final) term was not a rubber stamp. Some commissioners expressed concerns about his leadership style and said they expected him to make improvements quickly.