LOS ANGELES (AP) - City officials were beginning
the search for an interim police chief following the
resignation of Bernard Parks, who was denied a second
term after a tumultuous five years in office.
The Police Commission on Tuesday was scheduled to
begin compiling a list of candidates to serve as
The list will consist of individuals within the
department who are not necessarily interested in the
permanent position, said Rick Caruso, president of the
Parks, who resigned Monday after a 37-year career,
said he will not sue the city over the commission's
refusal to reappoint him.
"Although I've been advised by my attorney that I
have a strong legal case and would likely prevail, I
have no intention of suing the city of Los Angeles, as
I do not want the citizens of this great city to incur
any economic loss," Parks said.
Earlier this month, Parks, 58, left open the
possibility of legal action against the city. He
claimed he was the victim of a political conspiracy
and a flawed review process that was supposed to be
Parks' departure follows an ugly rift with Mayor
James Hahn, who was sharply criticized by members of
the black community for refusing to support another
term for the chief, who is black. Hahn relied heavily
on African-American support in last year's mayoral
On April 9, the Police Commission voted 4-1 against
granting Parks a second term. All but one of the
commissioners were appointed by Hahn. Last week, the
City Council rejected Parks' request to reconsider the
"I know we're all going to be working on a smooth
transition to a new police chief," Hahn said
Hahn has said he wants a police chief more willing
to implement police reforms and community policing
City and police union officials have criticized
Parks for his inflexibility on those issues and on
police discipline. They also blamed him for a recent
rise in violent crime.
Parks has said crime remains lower now than when he
first stepped in as chief. He also said discipline
improved and more minorities were promoted to top
Parks said his last day would be sometime next
week. His term officially ends in August.
"He left with dignity," said Councilman Nate
Holden, a Parks supporter.
In Portland, Ore., Police Chief Mark Kroeker
immediately declared himself a candidate to replace
Parks. Kroeker spent 32 years in the Los Angeles
Police Department and was popular with rank-and-file
officers and with citizens in the secession-minded San
Fernando Valley, where he was valley bureau
"I see now that there's a need for leadership in
the Los Angeles Police Department," said Kroeker, who
was one of three finalists when Parks was chosen.
"There's a deep sense of turmoil that exists there
with a wide range of problems to confront."