L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, who faced a tough battle for reelection amid scandals in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, plans to annouce his retirement, law enforcement sources told The Los Angeles Times.
The 71-year-old has served as Sheriff since 1998 and was up for re-election later this year, according to Fox News.
His decision to retire comes weeks after Andre Birotte Jr., the U.S. Attorney for California’s Central District, announced charges against 18 current and former deputies assigned to the Los Angeles County jails in connection with “a wide scope of illegal conduct,” including allegations of unjustified beating of inmates, unjustified detentions and a conspiracy to obstruct a federal investigation, according to NBC News.
There were also reports that the department had hired dozens of officers with histories of misconduct, according to KTLA News.
Baca, a Republican, used to pal around with our own disgraced ex-Sheriff, Mike Carona, back in the day. His sudden retirement is good news for the people of Los Angeles County. A new term limit initiative is now collecting signatures, as we reported yesterday. It will affect longtime Sheriffs like Baca. We hope it passes.