Bayan Lewis

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Bayan Lewis
Born (1942-02-25) February 25, 1942 (age 72)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Awards Police Meritorious Unit Citation
Police Meritorious Service Medal
1984 Summer Olympics Ribbon
1987 Papal Visit Ribbon
Police career
Department Los Angeles Police Department
Country United States
Years of service 1963 - 1997
Rank Sworn in as an Officer - 1963
US-O10 insignia.svg - Chief of Police - 1997

Bayan Lewis (born February 25, 1942) was interim Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in 1997.


Education[edit]

Graduate of Pepperdine University[1] in public administration, with postgraduate work at USC; also graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.

Career[edit]

After retirement, Lewis became chief of the Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety.[2] Lewis again retired in 2005 and was replaced by former LAPD deputy chief Margaret York.

Lewis joined the LAPD in April 1963. Reaching the rank of captain, he headed the anti-terrorist division for the Rampart and West Valley areas, and the west traffic division. As assistant chief, he served as director of the Office of Operations, responsible for 85% of the department's resources. He served in the 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized) of the California National Guard for 23 years, retiring as lieutenant colonel.

He served as director of the Office of Operations and was responsible for the department's largest command. Lewis was instrumental in creating the department's mobile field force.[1]

Police chief[edit]

He was appointed by the LAPD commission on March 31, 1997. Prior to this, he had served in the department for 34 years. Lewis said he was uninterested in the permanent position. He served as director of the Office of Operations and was responsible for the department's largest command.[1] Lewis was instrumental in creating the department's mobile field force.[1]

Lewis took the position May 18, 1997, two months before the July 6 date Willie L. Williams was supposed to step down.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Lait, Matt (1997-05-03). "Interim Chief Plans to Keep Firm Hand on Department Reins During Transition". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
  2. ^ Meyer, Josh (1998-01-04). "Former Chief Turns Focus to New Force". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
Police appointments
Preceded by
Willie L. Williams
Chief of Los Angeles Police Department
1997
Succeeded by
Bernard C. Parks