After 30 months with an interim head, Burbank officials announced today their intent to hire a permanent police chief.
Scott LaChasse, a 32-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, took the reigns of a department in turmoil in January 2010. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. and FBI had recently begun civil rights investigations, and several lawsuits by former and current officers claimed widespread discrimination and retaliation by BPD brass.
[Updated 12:42 pm]City spokesman Drew Sugars noted LaChasse was originally hired on a six month contract.
"Because of the situation and his skills he ended up staying two and a half years," he said. "He was making so much progress it made sense to keep him there. It has nothing to do with his skill level or performance – he’s performed admirably for the city."
Sugars said he did not know if LaChasse has expressed interest in the permanent job, or whether he planned to apply, but said he was welcome to do so.