Executive Director of the Los Angeles Police Commission
In his position as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Police Commission, Richard Tefank plans, organizes and directs the administrative work of the Police Commission and oversees a staff of 79 sworn and civilian personnel. Mr. Tefank has an extensive law enforcement background and before becoming the Executive Director, was an Assistant Inspector General in the Office of the Inspector General for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Mr. Tefank holds an Associate of Science Degree in Police Science from Chaffey College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Science and Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. He also is a graduate of the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College, Class Five.
In 1968, he began his law enforcement career with the Montclair Police Department as a Police Officer. He laterally moved to the Pomona Police Department in 1972 where he rose through the ranks of that Department all the way to Chief of Police in 1986. He led that organization for three and one half years as Chief.
In 1989, Mr. Tefank became the Chief of Police of Buena Park. During his tenure as Chief, the crime rate dropped to its lowest rate since the 1960’s and the Department functioned with a policing philosophy that focused on problem solving, proactive response and the elimination of the opportunity for crime to occur.
After retiring from Buena Park in 2001, Mr. Tefank then became the Law Enforcement Liaison for the California Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement, to the Chiefs of Police, Sheriff and District Attorney in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura from 2001 to 2003. He also served as the Liaison to the Board of Directors of the League of California Cities on behalf of the Attorney General.
In 2003, Mr. Tefank joined the Office of the Inspector General for the Los Angeles Police Department. There he was responsible for the oversight of all Categorical Use of Force Investigations and Reviews as well as the Audit responsibility of the Inspector General in ensuring compliance with the Consent Decree between the City of Los Angeles and the United States Department of Justice.
Mr. Tefank’s professional affiliations include membership in the California Police Chief’s Association having served on the Board of Directors from 1992 – 2001, serving as President in 1999; Orange County Chiefs’ and Sheriffs’ Association, serving as President in 1995; International Association of Chiefs of Police; and the California Peace Officers’ Association. Mr. Tefank is also an active participant in many community organizations.