Okay, we did our best to give you helpful hints, without actually revealing the names of the three finalists for the job of leading the Los Angeles Police Department after Chief Charlie Beck retires on June 27.
We held off because we knew San Francisco Police Chief William (Bill) Scott was trying to avoid having his name confirmed because of his existing employment.
But now that the metaphorical cat is irretrievably out of the bag, and the names have become public, we can discuss the trio of choices the police commission has given Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The trio of contenders are:
First Assistant Chief Mike Moore, the guy who is the second in command at the department, right under Chief Beck, and the person to whom Charlie Beck hands the keys to the agency when out of town.
Deputy Chief Robert Arcos, the head of the department’s highly varied but often headache-producing Central Bureau, which includes downtown Los Angeles—AKA the heart of the city’s homelessness crisis.
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott, the former Deputy Chief of the city’s vibrant but complicated South Bureau until he drove north to take over SFPD in January 2017, as that agency was reeling with an impressive string of scandals.
Let the handicapping begin!