LAWA Airport Management

Cecil Rhambo, Chief of Airport Police

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Cecil W. Rhambo Jr. was sworn-in as Chief of Airport Police on November 6, 2019. Chief Rhambo retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 2014 at the rank of Assistant Sheriff. In his 33 years with the Sheriff’s Department, Chief Rhambo developed expertise in areas including municipal patrol, emergency management, community partnerships and employee union relations. As an Assistant Sheriff, his responsibilities included LA Metro’s rail and bus lines, experience that will serve him well as Los Angeles World Airports builds an Automated People Mover train system, which will connect to Metro’s regional rail system when completed in 2023. Chief Rhambo served as City Manager of the City of Compton from 2017 through July 2019 and Assistant City Manager of the City of Carson from 2014 to 2017. In those positions, he focused on budget discipline, relationships with internal and external stakeholders and economic development. 

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Humboldt State University and his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University.

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