Baca Retires as LA County Sheriff

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There's a new sheriff in Los Angeles County.

John Scott was sworn in Thursday as interim head of the nation's largest Sheriff's Department, two hours after Lee Baca officially retired.

Baca stepped down amid federal allegations that jail deputies brutalized inmates and committed other misconduct. He didn't attend the ceremony.

Scott, who used to run the department's custody operations, says he'll focus on continuing jail system reforms. He's on loan from the Orange County Sheriff's Department, where he's second in command.

Voters will elect a new LA County sheriff later this year. Scott's not running but he will serve until the new term starts Dec. 1.

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