The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners Tuesday unanimously elected Eileen Decker to serve as the board president, while Shane Murphy Goldsmith was chosen as vice president.

“Since the end of October of last year, I’ve had the great privilege of serving on this commission,” Decker said. “I’ve greatly appreciated the insights Angelenos have shared with me about what they expect … from their police department. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for this commission and the women and men of the LAPD.”

Decker served as a deputy mayor for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, overseeing public safety and homeland security issues, according to her online biography.

Goldsmith is president and CEO of the Liberty Hill Foundation, which provides funding and leadership training for community-based organizations within Los Angeles County.

“Together, we must continue to build trust with the diverse communities that we serve in order that we can provide public safety through building partnerships,” Goldsmith said. “I am eager to assist President Decker in providing the necessary leadership to build upon the past successes of both the Commission and Department to move us forward.”

The selection of Decker and Goldsmith is believed to be the first time the commission has had women serving as president and vice president.

“This is consistent with one of my goals, which is to work with the department to increase the representation of women and minorities in the police officer recruit classes,” Decker said.

The five members of the Police Commission are Decker, Goldsmith, Dale Bonner, Sandra Figueroa-Villa and Steve Soboroff.

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