Los Angeles Police Commission

July 31, 2007

CONTACT: Tami Catania

Los Angeles – In a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles Police Commission elected Anthony Pacheco to the position of President, and John W. Mack to the position of Vice President. All five Police Commissioners, Anthony Pacheco, Alan Skobin, Shelley Freeman, John W. Mack, and Andrea Sheridan Ordin, were appointed to the Police Commission by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in July, 2005. John W. Mack held the President’s position for the last two years.

"I am honored to hold this position and look forward to continued service to the community," stated Police Commission President Anthony Pacheco. "The last two years on the Police Commission have given me an in-depth understanding of the important issues facing the LAPD. I am eager to accept this leadership position and use it as an opportunity to address the issues that impact all residents of Los Angeles in one way or another – issues such as gang violence, community-police relations, Consent Decree compliance, and homelessness."

"Along with my fellow Police Commissioners, we will continue to promote independent civilian oversight and reform of the Department," continued President Pacheco. "I want to thank John Mack for his leadership and vision as the Commission’s past President."

President Pacheco is a partner with the international law firm of Proskauer Rose. His practice is focused on litigation and quasi-litigation matters, including special investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, and trial practice. He is a Deputy Chair of his firm’s Corporate Defense and Investigation’s practice group. Proskauer Rose is a law firm with more than 700 lawyers that has nine offices in the United States, Paris and Sao Paulo.

For approximately five years, President Pacheco served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. He participated in all aspects of federal criminal prosecution, including federal jury trials ranging from bribery of a U.S. Consular official in Belize, to hostage takeover bank robberies, to illegal trafficking in counterfeit access devices. President Pacheco was involved in the investigation and prosecution of investor and financial institution fraud, domestic and international money laundering, and narcotics crimes. President Pacheco represented the United States in international proceedings, including the extradition of fugitives from foreign states. President Pacheco graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. degree in History, and from the University of Michigan Law School with a J.D.

Vice President Mack began his career with the Urban League in Flint, Michigan in 1964 and was appointed Executive Director in 1965. Prior to heading the Los Angeles Urban League, he served on the Urban League’s National staff for six months during the Whitney Young era in Washington, D.C. Mack was a leader in the 1960 student civil rights movement in Atlanta – and Co-Founder and Vice Chairperson of the Committee on the Appeal for Human Rights. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Sociology from North Carolina A&T State University. He holds a Master’s Degree from Clark Atlanta University. In 2006, Commissioner Mack was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Management Degree from the Claremont Graduate University School of Education.

Under his leadership, the Los Angeles Urban League has become one of the most successful non-profit community organizations in Los Angeles with an annual budget of $25 million. The Los Angeles Urban League serves over 100,000 individuals each year and operates a number of innovative, result-oriented job trainings, job placements, education, academic tutorials, youth achievements and business development programs serving African-Americans and other people of color utilizing state of the art computer technology preparing League constituents for the 21st Century. In 1997, United Way presented its Agency of the Year Award to the Los Angeles Urban League.