The LAist Interview: Sister City's Chief William Parker
William H. Parker joined the LAPD on August 8, 1927. After serving 15 years with the Department, Captain Parker took a leave of absence to serve his country in Word War II. After the war, Captain Parker returned to the Department where he rapidly ascended through the ranks. He was appointed Chief of Police on August 9, 1950, and served as such until July 16, 1966, when he died as a result of a heart attack. Chief Parker is credited with bringing the LAPD to the forefront as a world renowned law enforcement agency.
His apparition, apparently, is now blogging at Mayor Sam's Sister City along with the very dead former mayor Sam Yorty.
Our former editor (and not at all dead), Tom Berman, came out of LAist retirement to conduct this interview with the expired police chief.
How did you get your start as a dead former police chief/blogger?
Initially it began writing letters to all my officers that worked vice, but that got cumbersome so I created a newsletter. Which was unusual for police chiefs back then, but I had to start communicating since I was in constant demand with almost every police chief looking into how I ran my department. The blog was the brainchild of Mayor Sam, he invited me to participate which I was more than honored to do.
Do you have to take great pains to maintain your anonymity?
Well there are those whose life mission is to out everyone of us, I don't think anyone can actually prove who is reall behind any of these blogs. It will always be a he said, she said type of allegation.
How much time do you and the other Sister City bloggers spend managing the blog's lively comments section?
One of the 3 main bloggers are always online about 16 hours of the day. Midnight to 7am we are asleep like many Angelinos.
One City Hall insider I know scoffs at the idea that your blog is influential - I quote: "It's just a bunch of CD14ers slinging crap at each other and no one in City Hall takes it seriously." How do you respond?
CNN just reported on our blog on Monday – has this unnamed City Hall observer even been on CNN? I think not.