Budget Crunch = No Raise For LAPD Chief Beck

Police commission decides against 5 percent increase

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck will not get a raise as the city continues to struggle economically, according to a report Wednesday.

The Police Commission decided in a closed session Tuesday that it would be wrong to offer Beck an expected 5 percent increase given the city’s budget crisis, the Daily News reported.

“Even if we had decided to approve the salary for him, he would decline,” Commission President John Mack told the newspaper. “It’s very clear that we have a leader who leads by example, one who recognizes the importance of shared sacrifice…in this extremely, extremely difficult time.”

The city’s charter entitles Beck to a 5 percent pay increase. In July, when city employee salaries were frozen, he volunteered to take a 10 percent pay cut. His annual salary is $307,290, according to a posting on the city controller’s website.

Beck’s performance reviews were reportedly positive. At a briefing in November, Beck reported that homicides had fallen more than 10 percent for the year and gang crimes were down 11.8 percent.

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