By Abby Sewell and Robert Faturechi
January 28, 2014, 6:07 p.m.
The newly named interim sheriff of Los Angeles County, current Orange County Undersheriff John L. Scott, said Tuesday that he would continue the momentum of reform in the department.
Flanked by four of the five county supervisors, Scott said, “I can assure you, I’m not going to be a placeholder here in L.A. County. I will begin the process immediately of restoring both the dignity to the men and women of L.A. County and the confidence and trust of the public that we serve.”
After two closed-door meetings Tuesday, Los Angeles County Supervisors announced they had selected Scott to take over for the resigning Lee Baca until voters select a new sheriff later this year, either in June’s primary election or November’s run-off election.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen in June, but we do know we have a man who can do the job through December in Sheriff John Scott,” Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said after the announcement.
Baca unexpectedly announced plans to retire this month. The Sheriff’s Department has been under fire over allegations of widespread misconduct and abuses in the jails, which culminated in the arrest of 18 current and former department employees late last year.
Scott will take over when Baca departs Thursday and earn the same roughly $300,000 annual salary as the former sheriff.
Scott began his law enforcement career as a deputy with Los Angeles County’s Lakewood sheriff’s station in 1969, and rose to the rank of division chief, retiring in 2005.
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