The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) is a law enforcement agency which serves Los Angeles County, California -- an area totaling approximately 4,084 square miles with a population of almost 10 million people (2010 U.S. Census). It is the largest Sheriff's Department in the world, with approximately 18,000 employees.
LASD provides general law enforcement services to 40 contract cities, 90 unincorporated communities, 216 facilities, hospitals, and clinics located throughout the County, nine (9) community colleges, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and 47 Superior Courts. LASD also provides services such as laboratories and academy training to smaller law enforcement agencies within the County. Additionally, LASD is responsible in securing approximately 18,000 inmates daily in 7 custody facilities which includes providing food and medical treatment.
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Who We Are - Executive Leadership
|Sheriff Jim McDonnell
On December 1, 2014, Jim McDonnell took the oath of office and was sworn in as the 32nd Sheriff of Los Angeles County.
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.
Sheriff McDonnell served for 29 years at the Los Angeles Police Department, where he held every rank from Police Officer to second-in-command under Chief Bill Bratton. During his time at the LAPD, he earned that Department’s highest honor for bravery, the Medal of Valor, and led LAPD through the implementation of significant reforms. He 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.
From his first day on the job, Sheriff McDonnell has stressed the importance of treating all members of our community with respect, being transparent with and accountable to the individuals that the LASD serves, and creating an environment that recognizes and rewards character, competence and compassion. He is committed to ensuring that safe streets and neighborhoods enable all residents and businesses in L.A.’s diverse County to thrive. He is also a believer in prevention-oriented strategies and dedicated to proactively addressing the root causes of crime -- including mental illness, homelessness and the challenges facing youth at risk.
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 (appointed by both Governor Brown and Governor Schwarzenegger) of the California Commission on Peace Officers' Standards & Training (POST), and a board member of the Peace Officers' Association of Los Angeles County.
While Sheriff McDonnell never served inside the LASD, he served alongside it his entire career. He has both an outsider’s ability to assess areas that might warrant new thinking, as well as an insider’s knowledge of a Department he has admired through his decades of work in Los Angeles. From 2011 to 2012, he became familiar with challenges facing the LASD during his service as a member of the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence -- a blue ribbon group created by the County Board of Supervisors to investigate the validity and causes of allegations of excessive force within the LASD’s Custody Division. The Commission issued a detailed report, including 63 recommendations that have become a roadmap for change within the Department.
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 degree in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree 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. He and his wife Kathy live in Long Beach. He has two daughters -- Kelly who is in law school and Megan pursuing a graduate degree in film school.
|Undersheriff Jacques La Berge
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.
Undersheriff La Berge’s career with the Sheriff’s Department began in November of 1984 as a 21-year-old recruit where he graduated from the Department’s Training Academy as a member of Class #226. As a Deputy Sheriff, he held assignments at Pitchess Detention Center-East Facility (formally called “Wayside Max”) and Lennox Station, where he worked patrol and detective positions.
Undersheriff La Berge was promoted to Sergeant in 1994 and assigned to the Pitchess Detention Center-South Facility, Crescenta Valley and Altadena Stations, and the Special Enforcement Bureau, Canine Services Detail.
In July of 2000, Undersheriff La Berge was promoted to Lieutenant and held assignments at Century Station, Compton Station Operations, and Field Operations Region II Headquarters as the Chief’s Aide. He was promoted to Captain in November of 2005 and assumed command of the then newly-created Transit Services South Bureau. On January 1, 2007, he assumed command of Santa Clarita Valley Station.
In April of 2010, Undersheriff La Berge was promoted to rank of Commander and assigned to Field Operations Region I Headquarters, where he oversaw Budget and Personnel administration for Altadena, Crescenta Valley, East Los Angles, Lancaster, Malibu/Lost Hills, Palmdale, Santa Clarita Valley, and Temple Sheriff’s Stations.
In July 2012, he was appointed Chief of the North Patrol Division were he oversaw the law enforcement patrol operations for Malibu/Lost Hills, Lancaster, Palmdale, Santa Clarita Valley and West Hollywood Sheriff’s Stations, which covers approximately 2200 square miles and serves a population of over 780,000 residents.
In 2016, he was appointed as Assistant Sheriff overseeing all patrol operations of the 23 sheriff’s stations servicing 140 unincorporated communities and 42 contract cities.
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 18,000 personnel who operate and secure the Nation’s largest County Jail and Superior Court system, nine community colleges, mass transit policing and countywide patrol, investigative, and specialized law enforcement services within a $3.4 billon annual budget.
Undersheriff La Berge holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Studies from California State University, Long Beach, and holds several professional certificates. He resides in Santa Clarita with his wife Lisa. He has two daughters – Amber who is a graduate of St. John’s University in New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Television and Film Production and currently working as a Talent Development Coordinator at Nickelodeon Studios; and Elise, a junior high student and member of the National Honor Society.
|Assistant Sheriff Bobby Denham
Bobby D. Denham, is a 39-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and is the Assistant Sheriff of the Patrol Divisions of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In addition to the unincorporated areas, these stations provide law enforcement services to forty-two contract cities and the waterways from the Los Angeles County shorelines to San Clemente and Catalina Islands.
Assistant Sheriff Denham’s career with the Sheriff’s Department began in 1978. After graduating from the Sheriff’s Training Academy as a deputy sheriff, he was assigned to Wayside Honor Ranch, Mira Loma Detention Center, Lennox Station, Special Enforcement Bureau and Antelope Valley Station. Upon his promotion to sergeant in 1988, Assistant Sheriff Denham was assigned to the Altadena/Crescenta Valley, Antelope Valley and Palmdale Stations. Upon his promotion to lieutenant in 1998, Assistant Sheriff Denham was assigned to Pitchess Detention Center-East Facility, Palmdale Station and Field Operations Region I Headquarters.
Assistant Sheriff Denham promoted to captain in 2008, and assumed command of Palmdale Station. Palmdale Station covers 770 square miles in northern Los Angeles County and serves over 200,000 citizens in the city of Palmdale, and the unincorporated areas of Acton, Agua Dulce, Littlerock, Pearblossom, Juniper Hills, Wrightwood, Leona Valley, Lake Hughes, Elizabeth Lake, and Green Valley. He promoted to Commander in 2013, and was assigned to the Central, South, and North Patrol Divisions, and as Chief of Staff for Sheriff John Scott. He promoted to chief in June 2014, and was assigned to command Central Patrol Division, which is comprised of Avalon, Century, Compton, East Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey, and South Los Angeles Stations.
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. In 2006, Assistant Sheriff Denham graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and received a certificate in Leadership from the University of Virginia.
Assistant Sheriff Denham resides in Palmdale with his wife, Cynthia. He has four children: Andrea, 38, an elementary school principal; Stephanie, 35, a school teacher; and 26 year old twin stepsons; Steve, a computer engineer, and Christopher, a Deputy Sheriff. In his free time, he enjoys flying, golf, traveling and spending time with his family and grandchildren.
|Assistant Sheriff Eddie Rivero
Eddie Rivero is a 27-year veteran of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. During his career, he rose through the ranks and ultimately, in March of 2017, Sheriff McDonnell appointed him to the rank of Assistant Sheriff.
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. His 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.
After graduating from the academy, Assistant Sheriff Rivero was assigned as a deputy at Men’s Central Jail, Carson Sheriff’s Station where he was a Field Training Officer, and at the Advanced Training Bureau, where he facilitated tactical and patrol-related courses; he also instructed the law enforcement program at the Museum of Tolerance.
In 2000, Assistant Sheriff Rivero was promoted to sergeant and was assigned to Norwalk Sheriff’s Station, the Bureau of Compliance where he founded the Respect-Based Leadership Program, and also worked as a chief’s aide in Correctional Services Division.
In 2006, Assistant Sheriff Rivero was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to Court Services Division and assigned to the Criminal Courts Building (now known as the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center) where he oversaw a $25 million annual operating budget. Eddie transferred to Carson Station and worked as a watch commander, training lieutenant, and operations lieutenant.
In 2011, Assistant Sheriff Rivero was appointed as the acting captain of Carson Sheriff’s Station until his full appointment to captain in 2012. As the captain of Carson Sheriff’s Station, he was responsible for the Department’s fifth largest contract city where he served more than 120,000 residents in the city of Carson and the unincorporated areas of Torrance, Harbor City, and Rancho Dominguez. In 2014, Eddie was transferred to Operation Safe Streets Bureau (gangs) where he served as the captain.
In 2015, Assistant Sheriff Rivero was promoted to commander where he worked in South Patrol Division where he oversaw the operations of Carson Station, Norwalk Station, Lakewood Station, Lomita Station, Pico Rivera Station, and Cerritos Station. Eddie was transferred to Central Patrol Division where he oversaw the operations for Century Station, Compton Station, South Los Angeles Station, Marina Del Rey Station, and Avalon Station. Sheriff McDonnell then appointed Assistant Sheriff Rivero as the commander Public Information Officer.
In 2016, Assistant Sheriff Rivero was promoted to chief and assigned to North Patrol Division where he oversaw Lancaster Station, Palmdale Station, Santa Clarita Station, Malibu/Lost Hills Station, and West Hollywood Station. North Patrol Division was responsible for providing law enforcement services to more 750,000 residents covering more than 2,000 square miles.
Assistant Sheriff Rivero currently oversees the 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, Emergency Operations, Special Enforcement, Criminal Intelligence and Transit Services 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 explosive devices and chemical weapons may be present. Transit Services Bureau provides law enforcement on the bus and rail systems that serves the citizens who utilize public transportation in Los Angeles County.
Detective Division has seven detective bureaus specializing in the investigation of fraud and cybercrimes, homicides, human trafficking, narcotics, child abuse, auto theft, major crimes, and gangs.
Court Services Division is comprised of three separate court bureaus spanning across the Los Angeles County, including thirty-seven court facilities, as well as Civil Management Bureau and Transportation Bureau. Court Services Division utilizes the largest criminal court building in the country (Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center), and its Transportation Bureau is the largest prisoner transport system in the country, moving roughly 4,500 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 Kelly Harrington
Kelly L. Harrington’s law enforcement career began in 1985 with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. During his tenure with the 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. In March of 2016, Sheriff McDonnell appointed him to the position of Assistant Sheriff overseeing the Custody Operations of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which happens to be the largest jail system in America.
Assistant Sheriff Harrington is responsible for the daily 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 17,500. 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), intention is to 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 Degree in Criminal Justice. He has served on the Commission for Accreditation and the Standards Committee since 2014.
|Assistant Sheriff Jill Serrano
Jill Serrano served 28 years with the County of San Diego in various management and executive level positions primarily in criminal justice and public safety, including 12 years as the Chief Financial Officer for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff McDonnell appointed her to the position of Assistant Sheriff, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, in May 2017.
Assistant Sheriff Serrano oversees the Department’s Administrative and Technology Services Division, which includes more than 2,100 employees, and the development and management of the Department’s $3.2 billion budget.
Administrative and Technology Services Division is comprise of three major program areas: Technology and Support Division which includes the Data Systems Bureau, Records and Identification Bureau, Scientific Services Bureau, and Communications and Fleet Management Bureau; Administrative Services Division which includes Financial Programs, Fiscal Administration, Facilities Services and Planning, Board of Supervisors Liaison, and Contract Law Enforcement Bureau; and 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 degree in Criminal Justice Administration and received a Master's degree 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 courses.