The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) is the largest sheriff's department in the world, servicing approximately 4,084 square miles worth of land and 10 million citizens.
Needless to say, the leader of the agency has a lot on their plate, and deciding who should hold the position can be a tough decision for voters. Sheriff Jim McDonnell currently holds the seat, but retired sheriff's lieutenant Alex Villanueva is looking to challenge McDonnell in the upcoming election.
Both McDonnell and Villanueva are running on platforms advocating for reform within the department. The scandals and legal battles surrounding ex-sheriff Lee Baca diminished public trust in the agency, and Villanueva argues that not only has McDonnell failed to adequately clean it up, but that policies regarding department accountability have virtually remained status quo.
Villanueva joins AirTalk to talk about his thirty year experience in law enforcement, and why he thinks he's suited to lead L.A.'s Sheriff's Department. Call us at 866-893-5722 with your questions or comment below.
Tune in tomorrow, October 23, to hear our interview with incumbent Sheriff Jim McDonnell.
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Alex Villanueva, candidate for L.A. County Sheriff; he is a former lieutenant with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, where he has served for 32 years