Deputy Los Angeles Police Chief William Rathburn, who earlier this month emerged as one of nine finalists to head the 2,400-officer Dallas Police Department, will be staying in Los Angeles.
Dallas officials Tuesday selected Mack M. Vines, the police chief in Cape Coral, Fla., to head their department, and it came as a relief to Rathburn’s colleagues.
“He’s one of the great leaders on this department and, even though we wished him well and knew he was highly qualified to accept that post, we are happy he’s not going,” department spokesman Lt. Fred Nixon said.
Rathburn was on vacation and unavailable for comment. Rathburn, 47, was the top security official for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. In March, Rathburn was named the new commanding officer of the city’s South Bureau, the city’s hotbed of gang activity.