Irvine Police Chief David L. Maggard Jr. Photo courtesy of the city of Irvine
Irvine Police Chief David L. Maggard Jr. Photo courtesy of the city of Irvine

An assistant police chief for Los Angeles World Airports will become the agency’s top public safety official, officials announced Thursday.

David L. Maggard Jr., will take over as Airport Police chief on Sept. 1 from Patrick Gannon, who is staying on as the LAWA deputy executive director of homeland security.

Maggard joined the Airport Police force in 2015 as the assistant chief for operations. He previously served as the police chief in Irvine, and started his law enforcement career in 1987 as a police officer in Berkeley.

As chief of LAWA’s airport police division, Maggard will lead about 1,100 officers, security officers and civilian staff who work at Los Angeles International, LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys airports.

Maggard was selected by LAWA CEO Deborah Flint from a pool of more than two dozen candidates in a nationwide search.

“After careful, objective and thoughtful deliberation, it became clear that Assistant Chief Maggard, with his experience, leadership qualities and innovative approach to policing, was the best candidate,” Flint said.

Maggard said he was “honored” to be given the position.

“I am eager to further strengthen my relationships with the men and women of the Airport Police force, and work closely with them to ensure our airports, passengers, visitors and employees are safe and secure,” Maggard said.

–City News Service 

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