Alex Villanueva will be sworn in as the 33rd Sheriff of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Monday, December 3, 2018, at noon, at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park.
At 5:08 this Monday evening Sheriff Jim McDonnell put out his official statement conceding that, with all the votes finally counted, and with Villanueva 125,878 votes ahead, the historic race is finally over.
“Today, I contacted Alex Villanueva to offer my best wishes for his administration as the 33rd elected Sheriff of Los Angeles County,” McDonnell wrote. ” We are in the process of arranging an orderly transition and a series of briefings to assist the new administration and it is my hope that the Sheriff-elect will come to his new position with an open-mind.”
McDonnell also talked about the honor and the gravity of the responsibility “like no other” of serving as the elected leader of the largest sheriff’s department, and the second largest law enforcement agency in the nation.
The outgoing sheriff will presumably say more about his own tenure and Villanueva’s still to come at the 10:30 a.m. press conference McDonnell will hold on Tuesday morning.
The new team
With Monday’s history making victory in mind, Villanueva has been working with the main people on his new team for weeks now, some of whom hav reportedly been released of their previous duties so they could begin readying the new LASD administration.
In fact, att 9.a.m. Monday, many who will be part of Villanueva’s team met to talk about priorities.
Among those reportedly on the new leadership team are Tim Murakami, who is at the moment the captain of the department’s Industry station, Lt. LaJuana Haselrig, retired LASD commander Robert Olmsted, and retired commander Ray Leyva (although an approval is needed to bring Leyva back from a form of medical retirement).
Leyva will reportedly be the second in command of the department as the undersheriff. Murakami is reported to be Villanueva’s choice for assistant sheriff over patrol. Olmsted will reportedly step in as assistant sheriff leading the LASD’s custody division. Haselrig is also reportedly slated for a top position.
Among the new policies that Villanueva reportedly wants to institute is the plan to demonstrate increased transparency by having a monthly open house for the media, where any and all questions can be asked, a policy that former Sheriff Sherman Block was known for, but that former Sheriff Lee Baca shut down.
According to one source, there is also a strong possibility that Villanueva would like to open up certain high profile cases that were not resolved, such as the death of Mitrice Richardson.
And there is….. much, much more still to come.