Recognizing Great Public Servants

Two public servants who served Los Angeles and the Valley with distinction have recently retired from the City, and it is important to recognize their individual accomplishments.



Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger (left) served in the LAPD for 41 years!  He oversaw the daily activities of over 7,000 sworn members of the Department assigned to patrol, detective, traffic and specialized enforcement functions.  He pulled himself up through the ranks, and that’s a testament to the character and determination he showed helping to lead the LAPD.  He was particularly instrumental in the success of the LAPD cadet program.  He did extensive outreach to ensure cadets and new officers were more reflective of our communities – by increasing the number of young women and minorities that joined the LAPD.

Deputy Chief Daryl Arbuthnott (right) served 34 years in the LAFD.  At his retirement he was serving as the commander of the Valley Bureau.  He served through his years as Fire Inspector, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief.  He was responsible for development and implementation of the department’s administrative re-organization into four bureaus.  It was the most significant change in LAFD in more than 125 years!  He was dedicated to serving Valley residents with distinction.

LAPD and LAFD are better organizations for the service of Chief Paysinger and Chief Arbuthnott, respectfully.  I wish them both well in their retirement!