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AirTalk midterm elections interview: Sheriff Jim McDonnell for Los Angeles County Sheriff




LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell addressing recruits at the Biscailuz Training Academy in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell addressing recruits at the Biscailuz Training Academy in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
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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.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell has been running it for the last four years, and he's looking to continue the job.

McDonnell was elected into the position after the former Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted of corruption and other charges. Since he took office McDonnell has attempted to clean the department of problematic deputies through various means, including tightening the department's honesty policy and giving himself more leeway in firing officers.

The incumbent sheriff is running against Alex Villanueva, a thirty year department veteran looking to instill reform in the agency.

McDonnell joins AirTalk to discuss his platform and campaign, and where he'd like to take the department in future years. Call us at 866-893-5722 with your questions or comment below.

To listen to our interview with challenger Alex Villanueva, click here.  

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Guest:

Jim McDonnell, Sheriff of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; he tweets @LACoSheriff