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    Baca Introduces New Chief of Jail System

    MONTEREY PARK — Sheriff Lee Baca Monday introduced the new chief who will preside over the troubled Los Angeles County jail system, the largest in the nation with more than 18,000 inmates.

    Terri McDonald, the newly named assistant sheriff of the Custody Division of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, is a former appointee of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who chose McDonald to help the state oversee county jail systems.

    The jail system she will oversee for Baca has nine custody and correctional facilities. McDonald will also head up the Education Based Incarceration Bureau, which focuses on deterring crime by investing in inmates through education and rehabilitation. There are 67 such programs operating in the jail system.

    McDonald's appointment follows the March 6 resignation announcement of Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, the department's embattled second-in-command.

    Tanaka, who has been with the department since 1982, came under fire last year in a report by the Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence, which was created to investigate allegations of abuse against inmates in the county's lockups.

    The panel's investigators found that Tanaka — as overseer of the jail system — not only failed to address concerns about violence against inmates by discouraging investigations into alleged deputy misconduct, but actually urged deputies to be aggressive against inmates.

    The investigators also faulted Baca, saying he failed to discipline Tanaka or other top managers despite acknowledging errors in judgment. Baca acknowledged that some deputies had “done some terrible things” in the jails, but took issue with the panel’s characterizations of deputies running rampant in the lockups.

    McDonald has been with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for the last 24 years, most recently as the undersecretary of operations. She has also headed up the ombudsman's office in the state incarceration system.

    McDonald has a public administration degree from the University of San Francisco and began her career with the state as a correctional officer.

    Also Monday, Baca introduced the new chief of the Homeland Security Division, Ted Sexton. The former Tuscaloosa County sheriff will oversee the operation of 1,100 sworn and civilian personnel within the Homeland Security Division, which includes the Special Enforcement, Transit Service, Reserve Forces, Emergency Operations, Aero, Community College and County Services bureaus.

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    Couple of Questions:
    1) Who will probably replace Tanaka?
    2) Correct me if I am wrong. Cavanaugh is retiring which means McDonald is replacing him as A/S. In addition, McDonald will switch positions with Rhambo as A/S in order for her to be in charge of Court Services, Custody, Leadership and Training, and Technical Services Divisions.
    3) Sexton is becoming the new Homeland Security Division Chief, so where might Grossman go?
    4) How would the process work for McDonald and Sexton to become sworn CA Peace Officers?

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    1. No word yet on who will take the undersheriff spot.
    2. Cavanaugh already retired and was replaced by Helmold. Rhambo will retain Court Services, Leadership and Trainng and Tech Services. The new A/S will be a 3rd which was actually approved several years ago but never implemented.
    3. I believe Grossman already announced his retirement. Sexton will just move into that vacant spot and some commander will be passed over.
    4. Mcdonald is already in Cali but I don't know if her position was considered sworn or not. If I recall correctly the 3rd Asst. Sheriff position was supposed to be a "civilian" position so it may be a moot point. Sexton will probably do the P.O.S.T. waiver (that's an assumption on my part).
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    Baca has also hinted that he may not appoint an undersheriff, and have the Asst. Sheriffs report directly to him. The Chief of Internal Investigations will report directly to Baca as well.

    As well as having been a local sheriff in Alabama, Sexton, the Chief of Homeland Security, has previous experience with DHS.
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    "To that end, he said, following the announced retirement of Undersheriff Paul Tanaka later this year, Baca will suspend the second-in-command position and instead work more closely himself with his three assistant sheriffs. He hopes to hire a fourth assistant sheriff soon, he said."

    http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_22...ty-jail-system

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    Quote Originally Posted by VICHENZO View Post
    "To that end, he said, following the announced retirement of Undersheriff Paul Tanaka later this year, Baca will suspend the second-in-command position and instead work more closely himself with his three assistant sheriffs. He hopes to hire a fourth assistant sheriff soon, he said."

    http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_22...ty-jail-system
    LASD has never had 3 Assistant Sheriff's, They have had one Undersheriff and two Assistant Sheriffs.. When I got hired many moons ago there was only one Assistant Sheriff and one Undersheriff.
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    Right now there are three assistant sheriff: Helmold, Rhambo and McDonald.
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