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David J. Kalish
(1963 - living) U.S.A.

David Kalish



Deputy Police Chief, a 28-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department; he is among the youngest commanders to hold the rank of deputy chief; he supervises about 2,000 sworn and civilian police employees, overseeing the Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Wilshire, and Pacific area stations; currently on paid leave pending an LAPD investigation into several men's allegations that he abused them in the late 1970s

Kalish is in a long-term relationship with a Thai man, and he dotes on his 3 1/2-year-old son, born to a lesbian friend through artificial insemination. He enjoys a close relationship with his partner, a Buddhist, and with the boy's mother, a Latina, and her lesbian partner.

During his 27 years as an officer Kalish, who is now a deputy chief of the deeply troubled, scandal-weary department, has gained a reputation not so much as an openly gay cop - many members of the force do not even know of his orientation - but as a highly able commander and a consummate coalition builder, as comfortable in the City Council chambers as he is in the police locker room.

He also seems to be one of the few among the dozens of candidates for the job who appears to be not only well-liked both inside and outside the department, but to have made no major enemies along the way.

But in 2003 Kalish, who was a leading candidate for department's top job last year, was placed on suspension while district attorney's office decides whether to file criminal charges of accusation that he sexually molested youth in late 1970's; criminal investigation was undertaken following civil complaint filed in October.

The Police Department said that Kalish had been placed on paid leave pending a decision by the district attorney's office on whether to file charges.


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