Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Beatriz Valenzuela, Press-Telegram,
Greg Yee, Press-Telegram and Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze
Posted: 01/07/14, 8:05 PM PST |

Those who decide to run to be head of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department will face a series of issues that will test their leadership.

That includes the fallout from 18 current and former deputies being indicted in December for an array of crimes, a Justice Department investigation in 2013 that found deputies made unconstitutional stops and used excessive force against minorities in the Antelope Valley and hiring practices that saw deputies with criminal records being hired.

Baca’s announcement Tuesday that he would not seek re-election has provided an opening for several candidates to join an already crowded field planning to run in the June 3 primary election.

Candidates who have already declared include Patrick Gomez, retired sheriff’s lieutenant; Bob Olmsted, retired sheriff’s commander; Paul Tanaka, former undersheriff; and Lou Vince, a Los Angeles Police Department detective supervisor and sheriff’s reserve deputy. At Tuesday’s news conference at Sheriff’s Department headquarters in Monterey Park, Baca said assistant sheriffs Todd Rogers and James Hellmold were strong candidates to replace him.

Others may decide to run, such as Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell, who long has been long rumored as a possible candidate for the position.

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