Congratulations to Korean-American Dominic Choi on becoming the first Asian American Los Angeles Police Department assistant chief.
“For the chief to have confidence in me to select me for this position, I’m honored,” he said, according to CBS Los Angeles News. “I’m excited. It’s a huge challenge, I think I’m up for it, and I’m just ready to start off running and doing the best job I can.”
The promotion from deputy chief puts Choi in the second-highest rank in the department. Choi has been serving the LAPD for more than 25 years after he quit his job as an accountant.
Choi was born in South Los Angeles after his parents immigrated from South Korea. His dad worked as a car salesman while his mother was a beauty shop owner.
“The work ethic they provided me, my brother, and my sister, I think that’s where I get it from,” he said.
His siblings also work in fields helping others. His brother is a firefighter while his sister is a nurse.
After graduating from USC with a degree in accounting he tried to do the accountant thing.
“I didn’t have the personality,” he said.
But after two years he quit his job to pursue a career in the LAPD.
“I was young and full of energy,” he said. “I was an adrenaline junkie.”
He started as a patrol officer and kept working his way up.
“When I talk to younger officers it’s important they see me as a regular human being and that anything’s achievable,” he said. “Because we put these artificial barriers in our minds that don’t exist. So I’m honored and proud to represent that.”
As for who he credits for his success, Choi credits his wife Joyce and his parents.
LAPD assistant chief Dominic Choi has three daughters with his wife.