Alex Villanueva sworn in as Los Angeles County sheriff
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Villanueva has been sworn in as Los Angeles County sheriff, a week after scoring an upset victory making Jim McDonnell the first incumbent to lose the seat in more than a century.
The 55-year-old Villanueva, a retired sheriff’s lieutenant, took the oath of office Monday during a ceremony attended by deputies, community leaders and elected officials.
He has announced plans to clean house at the department by dismissing several people in leadership positions.
McDonnell promised an orderly transition of power in a statement released Nov. 26, nearly three weeks after the election. The race was initially too close to call but Villanueva’s lead steadily expanded.
McDonnell finally conceded after updated results showed Villanueva leading by more than 125,000 votes — with only 100,000 ballots left to be counted.