Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday he has appointed a former state lawmaker and Ventura County prosecutor to advise him on the city’s fire, police and other public safety issues.

Jeff Gorrell, former state Assemblyman. Image via Wikimedia Commons

Jeff Gorell, who served in the state Assembly in 2010-2014, will take over as Garcetti’s deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety, replacing Eileen Decker, who was confirmed this week as the U.S. attorney in Southern California.

Gorell — who starts July 6 — also has served as a deputy district attorney and a Navy intelligence officer, Garcetti said.

Garcetti said Gorell’s experience makes him “the right person to lead” an office that helps guide policies affecting the police, fire and emergency management departments and also works with “other regional, state, and federal agencies to ensure Los Angeles is safe and fully prepared for any emergency.”

Gorell said he is “deeply honored” to join Garcetti’s administration “in this important role.”

“The mayor has made protecting the public the highest priority, and part of his ‘Back to Basics’ approach to governance includes common sense ideas to help improve public safety by reducing response times, expanding relationship-based policing, broadening early intervention programs, and creating greater collaboration among public safety partners,” Gorell said.

Gorell lives in Camarillo. He was part of the Ventura County District Attorney’s Major Narcotics and Serious and Violent Felony units, and as a Navy Reserve officer, he was deployed to Afghanistan twice, in 2001-2002 and 2011- 2012.

— City News Service

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