Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced Monday she has been diagnosed with cancer, but plans to remain on the job.
Hutchens, a Dana Point resident, will remain on active duty, said department spokesman Jim Amormino.
“She is expected to make a full recovery and will seek re-election in 2013,” Amormino said. “However, when appropriate, her colleagues will step in for her if needed.”
Last week, Hutchens sent out a memo to Orange County employees informing them she has a serious medical condition.
Hutchens will undergo treatment for six to eight months, said Amormino.
Hutchens was appointed to the position on June 10, 2008, replacing acting sheriff Jack Anderson. Anderson had led the department since the January 14, 2008, resignation of former sheriff Mike Carona, who is currently imprisoned for tampering with a witness during a corruption probe.
Before her appointment, she retired from the position of division chief within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In June 2010, she was elected to her first full term as sheriff.
Hutchens was raised in Long Beach, where she graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. Shortly after that, she was hired as a secretary for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. She graduated from the Academy in 1978.
She is also a graduate of the University of La Verne, with a degree in public administration, and the FBI Academy.
Hutchens’ husband, Larry, is a retired assistant police chief for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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