Crime & Justice

How is LA's new sheriff doing after nearly 4 months on the job?

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva at the graduation ceremony for the Sheriff's Academy class at East Los Angeles College on Jan. 4, 2019.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva at the graduation ceremony for the Sheriff's Academy class at East Los Angeles College on Jan. 4, 2019.
Kyle Grillot for LAist

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We examine how L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva  - now in his fourth month on the job – is doing as head of the nation's largest sheriff's department. He's in a legal battle with the Board of Supervisors over his re-hiring of a deputy terminated over domestic violence allegations and lying. And he's fighting with the civilian commission that oversees his department over the issue of violent deputy cliques.