Gay man makes short list for LAPD chief

BY Advocate.com Editors

August 30 2002 12:00 AM ET

The Los Angeles police commission has narrowed its list of candidates for police chief down to 13, including openly gay LAPD deputy chief David Kalish, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kalish, who served as spokesman for the police department under former police chief Bernard Parks, told the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this week, "I am convinced that inside the department they don't care about my orientation. They want a leader who respects them and listens to them and who they can respect and who knows who he works for in this city." Also among the list of 13 is Portland, Ore., police chief Mark Kroeker, who has attracted negative attention from gay activists for antigay remarks he has made in the past.

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