Several Top Officials Will Be Removed Once Alex Villanueva Is Sworn in as L.A. County Sheriff in Sudden Purge

Sheriff-elect Alex Villanueva is seen in an undated photo. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Sheriff-elect Alex Villanueva is seen in an undated photo. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Numerous Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials, including high-ranking executives at the level of chief and above, will be removed from their jobs once Sheriff-elect Alex Villanueva is sworn in Monday, his spokesman said.

Those being relieved of duty include the undersheriff, the four assistant sheriffs, eight chiefs, a communications director and a community outreach director, said Danny Leserman, a spokesman for Villanueva. He said the department’s two constitutional policing advisors are being transferred to new jobs with Los Angeles County and will be replaced.

Villanueva previously said he would eliminate the constitutional policing advisor positions.

Leserman said Villanueva is elevating some existing department members and bringing back retired commanders for his team. Retired Cmdr. Ray Leyva will be named undersheriff, and retired Cmdr. Robert Olmsted will serve as an assistant sheriff, he said. Industry station Capt. Tim Murakami and Lt. LaJuana Haselrig, who is assigned to fiscal administration, will also become assistant sheriffs.

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