Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Attorney Alan Skobin Gets New Term on Police Commission
By a MetNews Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council yesterday confirmed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s nomination of attorney Alan Skobin to a second five-year term on the city’s civilian Police Commission.
Skobin, vice president and general counsel of Galpin Motors, Inc., received a unanimous vote of approval from the council. He was appointed to the commission in 2003 by then-Mayor James K. Hahn, who had previously named him to the Board of Transportation Commissioners.
A commission spokesperson said Skobin “has been instrumental in numerous enhancements to the LAPD and the LAPD’s service to the community,” most recently an effort to provide the entire force with new radios.
Villaraigosa, in a statement, called Skobin “a dedicated, effective leader for our police department and our City,” while Chief William Bratton praised Skobin’s “experience and passion.”
Skobin is a graduate of California State University, Northridge and the University of LaVerne College of Law. He has worked for Galpin Motors since 1977 and was admitted to the State Bar in 1988.
He also worked as a judicial extern for U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew, who now holds senior status, when Lew first joined the federal bench.
Skobin’s government service includes a stint as president of the state’s New Motor Vehicle Board and membership on the county’s Institutional Inspections Commission, along with more than 20 years as a reserve deputy sheriff.
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