LAPD Deputy Chief Becomes Long Beach's Chief of Police

jim-mcdonnell-long-beach-police.jpg He lost the bid to become the top LAPD cop, but he won out in L.A. County's second largest city. LAPD Deputy Chief Jim McDonnell will become Chief of Police for Long Beach, it was announced today. McDonnell, 50, is a 29-year veteran of the LAPD and served as the second-in-command under former Chief William Bratton. “I’m honored to be chosen for this position, and I will do everything in my power to make Long Beach the safest large city in the United States,” he said, putting him in competition with Mayor Antonio Villaragosa, who shares the same goal (but who doesn't, really?). Last October, Long Beach's Chief, Anthony Batts, resigned to be the Chief of Police in Oakland.