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LAPD Chief Bratton departs the force

October 28, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
L.A. says goodbye to outgoing chief Bratton as the successor selection is under way.It could be as soon as Monday when Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will recommend as the next chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.

It's down to three finalists. All are top commanders within the department: Deputy Chief Charles Beck, First Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell and Deputy Chief Michel Moore.

The mayor interviewed Beck Wednesday, and will interview McDonnell on Thursday and Moore Friday. He will then make a recommendation to the L.A. City Council for final approval.

Current Police Chief William Bratton's last day is Saturday. He's moving back to New York to work for an international security firm.

The LAPD began saying goodbye to Bratton Wednesday with a tribute at police headquarters. Bratton was honored by the city council, then held his final news conference.

He was joined by the three finalists to replace him.