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Long Beach Chief May Challenge Baca for L.A. Sheriff

February 05, 2013  | 

Since Lee Baca became Los Angeles County sheriff 15 years ago, defeating an incumbent who died days before the vote, he has never faced a serious challenge for reelection to one of California's top law enforcement jobs.

But after a series of scandals and federal investigations targeting the department, that might be changing.

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said Monday that he was considering a run against Baca next year. McDonnell's public exploration suggests potential political vulnerabilities amid nearly two years of bad headlines, experts said.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story.


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