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Report: Airport police head steps down

September 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The head of police and security operations at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is stepping down.The Los Angeles Times reports James Butts will resign after three years in the position. He is credited with greatly improving training and discipline within LAWA, which operates Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

There is no word on why he is resigning, but in a memo he says his position will not be filled. It will reportedly be absorbed by LAWA's chief of police.

Butts had previously served as Santa Monica's police chief for 15 years.

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