Crime & Justice

County says Villanueva's rehiring of Mandoyan was illegal

County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl says only the supervisors can settle a lawsuit, not the sheriff.
County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl says only the supervisors can settle a lawsuit, not the sheriff.
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This story aired on March 4, 2019.

News emerged over the weekend that L.A. County has informed Sheriff Alex Villanueva that his controversial rehiring of Deputy Caren Carl Mandoyan is illegal. The county's Auditor-Controller, at the direction of the Board of Supervisors, has stopped paying Mandoyan and ordered him to turn in all county property, including his badge and gun. The sheriff does not appear to be backing down.