Sheriff Lee Baca has hired noted law enforcement official Michael R. Yamaki as senior advisor to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
...Yamaki, the former Appointments' Secretary to California Governor Gray Davis, will report directly to the Sheriff as he undergoes an extensive assessment of the department's needs, concerns and issues at the local, county, state and federal levels."I am pleased to have Mike at my side as we move into the next generation of law enforcement," Sheriff Lee Baca said.
As a senior advisor to the Sheriff and the executive staff, Yamaki
will forge a stronger relationship with the Department's contract cities, the services the Department provides, the programs administered under the Sheriff's direction as well as the multi-faceted budget process of the 21st Century.Yamaki
also will be examining and assessing Department policies that may need the Sheriff's immediate attention.Yamaki was a member of Los Angeles Police Commission and was responsible for the review of all officer-involved shootings.He also was a member of the Use of Force Task Force for the Los Angeles Police Commission, which was responsible for monitoring the progress and implementation of the Christopher Commission recommendations that resulted from the civil disturbance after the Rodney King jury verdicts.Yamaki served as former legal counsel for the Japanese American Citizen League, which is the oldest Japanese American civil rights organization in the United States.Currently, he's a commissioner on the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission - known as POST, and is a director for the DEA Museum Foundation.He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Police Historical Society and also served as past-president of the Los Angeles Fire Commission.
"I am pleased to be here," Yamaki
said."There are exciting challenges facing us in law enforcement and I look forward to facing them with Sheriff Baca and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
." Yamaki was born and raised in Los Angeles, and has received numerous awards, certificates and citations from local and national organizations.He
was named "one of the 100 most influential attorneys in California
" by the Los Angeles Daily Journal