Skip to Content

Villanueva to Fire 16 Members of L.A. Sheriff’s Department Leadership

11:50 AM PST on November 29, 2018

    [dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he new sheriff will be firing 16 members of leadership brass in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, according to an email obtained by the Long Beach Post.

    Alex Villanueva, who was elected with promises to reform and rebuild the department, is apparently wasting no time in implementing changes. The sheriff-elect will be sworn into office on Monday, and that’s the last day for top brass members including the undersheriff, four assistant sheriffs, and several division heads, according to the report.

    Earlier this week, Villanueva told L.A. Taco that he would not get into details on plans for firing specific employees

    “But as a general statement, I can say we are going to hold all of our managers and supervisors accountable for what they do and for what they fail to do,” Villanueva said in our exclusive interview. “We are no longer going to allow individuals in the organization to fail upwards.”

    Villanueva also said he plans on implementing a "truth and reconciliation commission", which would allow members of the department past and present to confess to crimes and violations without consequences. Villanueva believes this will help free wrongfully imprisoned people and bring back wrongfully terminated personnel.

    “We have had about two decades of corruption and incompetence and year after year of one bad decision after another bad decision,” he explained. “We want to make sure we make people whole again as best as we can. We are interested in wrongful convictions and wrongful terminations, both sides of the coin.”

    According to the email, the following people will be let go, says the Post:

      • Undersheriff Jacques LaBerge (No. 2 in command at LASD)
      • Assistant Sheriff Kelly Harrington (head of custody operations)
      • Assistant Sheriff Jill Serrano (head of administrative and technology operations)
      • Assistant Sheriff Bob Denham (head of patrol operations)
      • Assistant Sheriff Eddie Rivero (head of countywide operations)
      • Chief Warren Asmus (chief of staff to Sheriff Jim McDonnell)
      • Carol Lin (director of strategic communications to McDonnell)
      • Gymeka Williams (director of community outreach to McDonnell)
      • Secretary Martha Reyes (executive secretary to McDonnell)
      • John Stedman (head of special operations division)
      • Stephen Johnson (head of detective division)
      • Eric Parra (head of East Patrol Division)
      • Kelly Fraser (head of South Patrol Divisions)
      • Joseph Gooden (head of Central Patrol Division)
      • Christy Guyovich (head of Custody Division Specialized Programs)
      • Jody Sharp (head of Custody Division General Population)

    RELATED: Sheriff’s Deputies Profiled Thousands of Drivers on the 5 Freeway Through the Grapevine: Our Analysis

    Stay in touch

    Sign up for our free newsletter

    More from L.A. TACO

    The 11 Best Backyard Restaurants in Los Angeles

    Despite many requests to publish this guide, L.A. TACO has been somewhat protective of these gems to not "burn out the spots." However, we wanted to share it with our small, loyal pool of paid members, as we appreciate your support (and know you to be okay, non-NARCs). Please enjoy responsibly and keep these 'hood secrets...secrets.

    April 18, 2024

    Here’s What an L.A. TACO Membership Gets You and Why You Should Support Local Journalism

    With more than 30 members-only perks at the best L.A. restaurants, breweries, and dispensaries waiting to be unlocked, the L.A. TACO membership pays for itself!

    April 17, 2024

    What To Eat This Weekend: Cannabis-Infused Boat Noodles, Thai Smashburgers, and “Grass & Ass”

    Plus, a pizza festival and a respected chef from Toluca, Mexico comes to Pasadena to consult for a restaurant menu, including enchiladas divorciadas, and more.

    April 12, 2024

    Facing ‘Immediate Layoffs,’ L.A. TACO Launches Membership Drive to Save Our Publication

    After Sunday, we do not have enough money to make another payroll. We need 5,000 members to become sustainable. Our deadline is April 26th to hit this goal.

    April 12, 2024
    See all posts