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VALLEY COMMANDER ON CHIEF LIST 29-YEAR LAPD VETERAN COVETS CAREER GOAL.

Byline: Mariel Garza Staff Writer

Deputy Chief Ron Bergmann, commander of operations at the Los Angeles Police Department's San Fernando Valley Bureau and a 29-year veteran of the department, said Wednesday that he has applied for the job of police chief.

Bergmann is the 13th candidate to become publicly identified. The Police Commission, which will interview the top candidates later this month, has not released the names of the 50 applicants.

Police Commissioners expect to whittle the list of candidates down to three finalists by September. Commission officials plan to announce the names of the three finalists when they hand over the short list to Mayor James Hahn, who will make a final selection.

Bergmann has been the Valley's top cop for the last 1 1/2 years. A Valley resident since 1973, he has served as commanding officer of the West Valley patrol division and the area commander of the Foothill Division Community Police Station.

Bergmann said that it's been his goal throughout his career to be LAPD's police chief. He expects competition will be tough because of the number of qualified candidates for the job.

``I certainly have some ideas about how the department can move into the 21st century,'' he said, saying it would be inappropriate to discuss them publicly at this time.

Other known candidates are Santa Ana Chief Paul Walters; Salt Lake City Chief Rick Dinse, a former LAPD deputy chief; and William Bratton, former New York City police commissioner and Boston police chief. LAPD Deputy Chiefs David Kalish, Margaret York and David Gascon are also candidates, as are LAPD Cmdrs. George Gascon (no relation to David Gascon), Jim McDonnell, Sharon Papa and Betty Kelepecz.

Former Deputy Chiefs Art Lopez and Mark Kroeker, who are now chiefs in Oxnard and Portland, Ore., respectively, are also vying for the job.

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