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Bell Trial: Ex-Police Chief Surprised City Could ‘Afford to Hire Me’

When the city of Bell approached Randy Adams to be its police chief, he doubted the small, working-class town could afford him.

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Former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams attends the Maywood Police Department’s last inspection before the department disbanded in 2010. (Credit: LA Times)

Adams, who had recently retired as Glendale’s police chief, wanted a salary in excess of $400,000. He was stunned when Bell officials said they would meet his demand.

“I was surprised that a little city like this could afford to hire me,” Adams testified Wednesday in the corruption trial of Angela Spaccia, the former city official who hired him in 2009.

In taking the stand, Adams spoke publicly for the first time about the Bell scandal, providing fresh details about the inner workings of City Hall.

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