LAPD Chief Michel Moore seeks reappointment

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore requested a second five-year term, writing in a letter to the Board of Police Commissioners that there remains “more work to be done” and he has a “strong desire” to continue leading the department.

Moore, a 40-year veteran of the department, has served as chief since 2018 when he was appointed by former Mayor Eric Garcetti. His current term ends in June 2023.

Police chiefs can serve a maximum of two five-year terms. The mayor appoints the chief, although that is ultimately subject to the City Council’s wishes.

In a statement, Commission President William Briggs said he was pleased that Moore was seeking reappointment.

“Chief Moore is an outstanding law enforcement executive who is recognized nationally for his expertise,” Briggs said.

Briggs added that Moore has guided the department through “unprecedented times.” Moore, in his letter submitted to the commission on Monday, cited the challenges of a “historic pandemic, severe staffing reductions, a resurgence of homicides and gun-related crimes, and civil unrest.”

Mayor Karen Bass, who took office a few weeks ago, has the power to appoint the chief.

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“There’s no desire on my part to remove the current police chief,” Bass said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” last month. But Bass added that she would revisit Moore’s possible reappointment along with “many other general managers.”

In his letter, Moore cited a desire to address “significant departures of senior staff members” and to improve diversity in senior leadership positions. He also sought to restore “depleted staffing levels” as Los Angeles prepares to host the World Cup and Olympics in the coming years.

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