Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe announced Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell as his appointee to the “Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence.” The Commission was established by the Board of Supervisors to investigate use of force by Sheriff’s deputies in the County jail system and report back with recommendations for a corrective action plan.
“Chief McDonnell has had a distinguished career in law enforcement and is a respected leader in policing issues,” said Knabe. “His experience serving in Los Angeles County’s two biggest cities will be vital to formulating new ideas on how to deal with the issues in our jails. Chief McDonnell’s knowledge as a user of jail systems and his understanding of the incredibly difficult job our deputies face will bring a unique perspective to the Commission. I appreciate his willingness to serve.”
Chief McDonnell was a 28-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, before taking over as Chief of the Long Beach Police Department in 2010. Chief McDonnell served as one of former LAPD Police Chief William J. Bratton’s top assistants, and was a leader in instituting reforms to the department. While with the LAPD, he was awarded the department’s highest award for bravery, the Medal of Valor.