Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

There’s another change coming to the Los Angeles Police Commission, the third this year for the five-member board.

Mayor Eric Garcetti says Loyola Law School professor Kathleen Kim will step down from the Commission after three years, and he nominated the president of Liberty Hill Foundation — a prominent funder of social justice causes — to fill the position.

If confirmed by the City Council, Shane Murphy Goldsmith would fill Kim’s vacancy on the five-member panel.

Goldsmith is a former staffer to Garcetti, working four years in his City Council office, before she became executive director of the affordable housing development agency PATH Ventures, then the president of Liberty Hill.

“Shane brings a strong background in building bridges between communities and institutions, experience at City Hall, a well-earned reputation for fair-mindedness and a deep sense of compassion that informs everything she does,” Garcetti said.

He added that Goldsmith is “a thoughtful leader who has worked closely with the officers who serve L.A.’s neighborhoods — and who truly understands the urgency of conversations about the future of law enforcement, how and when deadly force should be used, and strengthening trust between the LAPD and communities of color.”

“I am confident that her values and approach will be an asset to the Police Commission,” he said.

Goldsmith is also a Garcetti appointee on the Homeless Services Authority Board of Commissioners. She also co-chairs the California Executive Alliance for Boys and Men of Color So-Cal Region.

Garcetti expressed appreciation for Kim’s time on the commission, saying that she worked “to protect and improve the LAPD’s relationship with L.A.’s immigrant communities” and was instrumental in “developing the (police department’s) homelessness policy — making it one of just a handful of American law enforcement agencies to have one.”

“Kathleen brought valuable insight to the commission at an important time in its history, and her work will continue to be felt in the progress she helped to bring about,” he said.

–City News Service 

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