Jim McDonnell Sworn in as New Sheriff of Los Angeles County

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After a decisive victory in the Nov. 4 race for Los Angeles County sheriff, Jim McDonnell is set to be sworn in Monday.

The former Long Beach police chief will be sworn in during a 2 p.m. ceremony at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration downtown. He will replace interim-Sheriff John L. Scott.

Former Sheriff Lee Baca announced his retirement in January, a month after federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against 18 current and former sheriff's deputies accused of beating jail inmates and visitors, trying to obstruct the FBI and other crimes following an investigation into corruption in the nation's largest jail system.

McDonnell, the 32nd sheriff since the office’s founding in 1850, is the first outsider in a century to helm the department.

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