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CCDC February General Meeting: Civilian Oversight Commission for the Sheriff’s Department
February 24 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
“In follow-up to the February 24, general meeting, members may find this of interest.”
After a showdown between Sheriff Alex Villanueva and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, L.A. County Auditor-Controller John Naimo wrote to Mandoyan, “your reinstatement was unlawful” and “you are not authorized to serve as a Department employee.”
The sheriff is independently elected, although supervisors control the department’s $3.4 billion budget. After the contentious late January meeting, supervisors directed county counsel to research the L.A. County Charter and other laws to see how to proceed when there is such a conflict between the board and sheriff.
The Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission is authorized by Chapter 3.79 of the Los Angeles County Code. (PDF) The purpose of the Commission is to improve public transparency and accountability with respect to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, by providing robust opportunities for community engagement, ongoing analysis and oversight of the department’s policies, practices, procedures, and advice to the Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff’s Department and the public.
The oversight and Commission is of particular interest after the historic election of Alex Villanueva as LA County Sheriff in November.
Commendations or complaints concerning the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are handled by the Office of the Inspector General. To make such a commendation or complaint, please click on this link.