LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Sheriff Jim McDonnell was sworn in as the 32nd Sheriff of Los Angeles County on December 1, 2014. Sheriff McDonnell is a Boston native who grew up in a working class neighborhood, a stone's throw from Fenway Park. He came to Los Angeles over three decades ago with little more than a dream to be part of protecting and serving the public. He was born to immigrant parents who instilled in him the values that have served as the guideposts throughout his life: hard work, integrity, and treating all people with respect. He began his law enforcement career in 1981 as a twenty-two-year-old graduate from the Los Angeles Police Academy. In 2017 Sheriff McDonnell was elected Vice President of the Major County Sheriffs of America with his two-year term beginning January 2018. In 2020 he will assume the Presidency of the MCSA.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell served for 29 years at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), holding every rank from Police Officer to second-in-command. While at the LAPD, he earned that Department's highest honor for bravery, the Medal of Valor, and helped create the blueprint for LAPD's community-based policing efforts that have now become a model for law enforcement agencies throughout the nation.
For five years, Sheriff McDonnell served as the Chief of the Long Beach Police Department. In that role, he implemented numerous improvements that resulted in safer communities, increased morale, and enhanced community relations.
Sheriff McDonnell draws from his experience at the Los Angeles Police Department and the Long Beach Police Department to lead the largest Sheriff's Department in the world. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) provides police services for more than ten million residents throughout a geographic area of 4,751 square miles, roughly the size of Connecticut. The LASD also maintains the largest jail system in the nation, housing more than 17,000 inmates daily. The Department's Court Services Division monitors the largest court system in the nation, encompassing 37 Superior Courts. Through Sheriff McDonnell's reformative direction, the LASD is now well on its way to accomplishing a number of long-term projects and goals, including the successful completion of consent decrees and settlement agreements with the Department of Justice.
Sheriff McDonnell brings to the LASD decades of experience and strong relationships with law enforcement and government leaders. He is a proven and respected voice in local, state, and national criminal justice organizations, having served as President of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association, President of the California Peace Officers' Association, a member of the California Commission on Peace Officers' Standards & Training (POST), and a board member of the Los Angeles County Peace Officers' Association.
Sheriff McDonnell is also a believer in the importance of education, both in the classroom and on the job. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Executive Institute and has completed executive education programs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Jacques "Anthony" La Berge, a 32-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, was appointed to the rank of Undersheriff on February 3, 2016, by Sheriff Jim McDonnell. He has ascended the ranks of the Department, having received seven promotions to his current rank.
As Undersheriff, he serves as the second-in-command for the Sheriff and oversees the daily operations of the Nation's largest Sheriff's Department, which is comprised of approximately 16,000 personnel, within a $3.2 billion annual budget.
Bobby Denham is a 38 year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff McDonnell promoted him to the position of Assistant Sheriff in March 2017, and placed him in command of the Department's patrol operations. Patrol operations consists of twenty-three stations within four patrol divisions; Central, East, North, and South.
Central Patrol Division consists of Avalon, Century, Compton, East Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey, and South Los Angeles stations. East Patrol Division consists of Altadena, Crescenta Valley, Industry, San Dimas, Temple and Walnut stations. North Patrol Division consists of Malibu/Lost Hills, Lancaster, Palmdale, Santa Clarita, and West Hollywood stations. South Patrol Division consists of Carson, Cerritos, Norwalk, Lakewood, Lomita, and Pico Rivera stations. Sheriff's Stations perform four basic service functions; patrol, traffic, investigation, and jail management. Each station is responsible for the performance of the police services within its jurisdictional area. Sheriff's Stations that serve our 42 contract cities are also responsible for providing the necessary administrative, supervisorial, and clerical services. Assistant Sheriff Denham commands and is responsible for the activities that occur within patrol operations, and the specialized units/programs assigned by the Sheriff and/or Undersheriff. In the absence of the Sheriff or Undersheriff, he may be delegated to assume the duties assigned to the second-in-command of the Department.
Assistant Sheriff Denham holds an Associate of Arts degree from Antelope Valley College and a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, he graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy and received a Leadership certificate from the University of Virginia.
Eddie Rivero is the Assistant Sheriff who oversees the Sheriff's Department's Countywide Operations. He began his career with the Sheriff's Department in February 1990. With more than twenty-seven years of policing in a myriad of assignments, Assistant Sheriff Rivero brings invaluable experience from nearly every aspect of law enforcement.
Assistant Sheriff Rivero leads four divisions that make up Countywide Operations, including Special Operations, Detective, Court Services, and Countywide Services Divisions.
The Sheriff's Department's Special Operations Division consists of several Bureaus, namely Aero, Operation Safe Streets, Emergency Operations, Special Enforcement and Criminal Intelligence Bureaus. Special Enforcement Bureau, with its Arson/Explosives and HazMat Details, is one of the few tactical teams in the nation that can utilize an integrated response to a crisis situation where explosives devices and chemical weapons may be present.
Detective Division has six detective units specializing in the investigation of fraud and cybercrimes, homicides, human trafficking, narcotics, child abuse, auto theft, and serial robberies/burglaries.
Court Services Division is comprised of three separate court Bureaus spanning across Los Angeles County, including thirty-seven court facilities, as well as Civil Management and Transportation Bureaus. Court Services Division utilizes the largest criminal court building in the country (Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center), and its Transportation Bureau is one of the largest prisoner transport systems in the state, moving roughly 1,500 inmates daily.
The Countywide Services Division is comprised of four different Bureaus providing patrol operations, concentrating in community colleges, parks, county buildings, hospitals, in addition to conducting parole compliance searches.
Assistant Sheriff Rivero's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine, and a master's degree from the University of La Verne.
Kelly L. Harrington's law enforcement career began in 1985 with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. During his tenure with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, he rose through the ranks of the Department working as an officer all the way up to Director of Adult Institutions. He was appointed to the position of Assistant Sheriff in March 2016, overseeing the Custody Operations of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Assistant Sheriff Harrington is responsible for the operations of Los Angeles County's
Jail system and for the care, custody, security, and rehabilitation of all sentenced and pretrial inmates housed within the county's seven jail facilities with an average daily inmate population of approximately 17,000. This includes approximately 420 inmates currently participating in community-based alternatives to custody programs.
In addition to managing several custody division auxiliary Bureaus necessary to support the seven fully operational jail facilities, Assistant Sheriff Harrington is currently overseeing the development and expansion of two additional correctional facilities. The first is the remodeling and re-opening of the Mira Loma Facility, which is intended to be an open campus design facility that best provides gender responsive rehabilitative programs and re-entry services to our women inmate population. The Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility (CCTF), will provide full treatment centric housing for inmate-patients diagnosed with mental illness, substance abuse disorders, and those identified as medically fragile. The goal of CCTF will be to reduce recidivism through improved treatment resources and access to re-entry services.
Assistant Sheriff Harrington attended California State University, Bakersfield, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. He has served on the Commission for Accreditation and the Standards Committee since 2014.
Sheriff McDonnell appointed Jill Serrano as Assistant Sheriff, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO) in May 2017. Assistant Sheriff Serrano began her career 28 years ago as a student worker at the San Diego County Probation Department and worked her way through various management and executive level positions including 12 years as the Chief Financial Officer for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Assistant Sheriff Serrano oversees and manages the Department's $3.2 billion budget.
Assistant Sheriff Serrano leads three major program areas: Technology and Support Division which includes the Data Systems Bureau, Records and Identification Bureau, Scientific Services Bureau or Crime Lab, and Communications and Fleet management Bureau; Administrative Services Division which includes Financial Programs, Fiscal Administration, Facilities Services and Planning and Contract Law Enforcement Bureau; and the Personnel Command including Personnel Administration, Psychological Services and Bureau of Labor Relations and Compliance. Together these units manage over 7.5 million square feet of facilities divided between patrol stations, custody facilities and offices, 6,800 vehicles and motors, 26,000 radios, and contracts with 42 cities for law enforcement services. Additionally, these units manage the Department's technology needs, respond to over 12,000 crime scenes per year, and are responsible for the recruitment and hiring of both sworn and professional staff.
Assistant Sheriff Serrano attended San Diego State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and received a master's in Public Administration. She has served as a lecturer in her alma mater's School of Public Affairs, teaching both Public Administration and Criminal Justice.