Los Angeles, CA–Alex Villanueva is the new Sheriff-Elect for L.A County’s Sheriff Department. He was sworn in at a ceremony on Monday held at East Los Angeles College.
According to Villanueva, who ran on a platform of reforming law enforcement, he says that his first order of business will be replacing over a dozen sheriff personnel with his own people.
“We are going to start by cleaning house. That is part of the reform effort that we promised. And then after cleaning house, we are going to initiate reforms that we can do with the stroke of a pen. Then we are going into the issue of ICE and the county jails,” Villanueva tells Good Day L.A
Former L.A County Sheriff Lee Baca was sentenced in 2017 to three years, after it was revealed that he attempted to obstruct a FBI investigation into a jail corruption scandal.
The judge portrayed him as a man driven by his desire to protect his own reputation and maintain control over the Sheriff’s Department.
“Your actions embarrass the thousands of men and women [in the department] who put their lives on the line every day,” Anderson said to Baca. “They were a gross abuse of the trust the public placed in you,” (LA Times).