Two Los Angeles County supervisors joined with several members of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission in calling on Sheriff Alex Villanueva to resign, citing his tense relationship with the Board of Supervisors and his resistance to oversight of the department.
The move marks perhaps a nadir in dealings between the sheriff and his overseers, who have complained about his department’s lack of transparency and clashed over policing reform measures.
“It is with great reluctance that I call on Sheriff Villanueva to resign,” said Commissioner Robert Bonner during the commission’s public meeting Thursday. “The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deserves better and so do the people of Los Angeles County.”
The sheriff is independently elected and has only limited oversight from the commission and the Board of Supervisors. A spokesman said Villanueva plans to continue to serve in his job.
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