LOS ANGELES- Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass announced two appointments to the Board of Police Commissioners Tuesday, along with a deputy mayor of public safety.
Brian K. Williams, currently the executive director of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Oversight Commission, will serve as deputy mayor of public safety, overseeing agencies that include the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department.
Karren Lane, who was previously appointed deputy mayor of community engagement, was announced Tuesday as deputy mayor of community safety.
Bass named Dr. Erroll G. Southers and Rasha Gerges Shields to the police commission, a five-member panel made up of appointees by the mayor that oversees the LAPD. The current members were all appointed by former Mayor Eric Garcetti. It was not immediately clear which two members Southers and Shields will replace.
Bass’ appointments to the police commission come after the unanimous reappointment of LAPD Chief Michael Moore to a second term.
Southers, a former FBI agent, currently serves as associate senior vice president of safety and risk assurance at USC. He has also been assistant chief of homeland security and intelligence at the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department. He was tapped to become the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) under the Obama Administration until he withdrew his name once it became public knowledge he had ordered criminal background checks on the boyfriend of his estranged wife.
He is also against defunding the police.
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Shields, who serves as co-chair of the police commission’s advisory committee on building trust and equity, has previously worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a federal criminal prosecutor as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
“My number one job as mayor is to keep Angelenos safe,” Bass said in a statement. “The only way to do that is to hold people who commit crimes accountable and to take real steps to prevent crime from happening in the first place. The appointments I’m making today represent a major step toward transparency, accountability and a comprehensive approach to public safety that includes a police department that protects the community and leaves community members feeling safe no matter where they are living in Los Angeles.”
2UrbanGirls contributed to this report.