Scott LaChasse’s “three-year job interview” has come to an end.
Burbank’s interim police chief — brought to the helm three years ago of a department plagued by allegations of excessive force, discrimination and sexual harassment — was made permanent, effective immediately, officials announced Wednesday.
LaChasse on Wednesday said he was “delighted” with the offer, adding that the new title legitimizes the position and will allow him to continue — and finish — what he came to do.
When he started, LaChasse was charged with stabilizing the culture of the department, which according to a police-commissioned 2010 report, was beset by a “mutual disrespect and distrust” among personnel.
The department is still the subject of a years-long federal investigation into allegations of excessive use of force and misconduct among officers. In recent months, the department has continued to comply with subpoenas tied to the probe, LaChasse said.