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Video: L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to Retire at End of Month

January 07, 2014  | 

VIDEO: L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to Retire

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced Tuesday that he would not seek a fifth term in office and would instead retire at the end of the month, reports the LA Times.

Baca — who spent 48 years with the department including 15 as sheriff — was at times emotional as he explained his decision, which he said he made three days ago.

"I will go out on my terms," Baca, 71, said. "The reasons for doing so are so many, most personal and private."

Baca insisted his decision to step down was "based on the highest of concern for the future of the Sheriff's Department." He repeatedly cited the upcoming campaign, which he said had already brought "negative perception" to the department.

Tags: L.A. County Sheriff, LASD, Lee Baca


Comments (12)

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Retired Chief @ 1/7/2014 5:03 PM

Good. Perhaps now the process of restoring LASD to the prominence it once held can begin. I worked with Baca. He was never much of a street cop but he was always an "it's all about me" guy. Corruption, favoritism, back room deals, pay to play and mistreatment of people inside and outside the department all had their beginnings under his reign. I have to believe that both he and the former Undersheriff are still in line for federal indictments unless the resignation was a let's make a deal to avoid it.

Retired Chief @ 1/7/2014 5:03 PM

Good. Perhaps now the process of restoring LASD to the prominence it once held can begin. I worked with Baca. He was never much of a street cop but he was always an "it's all about me" guy. Corruption, favoritism, back room deals, pay to play and mistreatment of people inside and outside the department all had their beginnings under his reign. I have to believe that both he and the former Undersheriff are still in line for federal indictments unless the resignation was a let's make a deal to avoid it.

Retired NY Boss @ 1/7/2014 5:49 PM

See ya! Too bad all your Hollywood buds couldn't help you with this one. Run out of Courtesy Shields?

Tschako @ 1/7/2014 6:08 PM

Goodbye and good riddance, Sheriff Moonbeam.

James Allen @ 1/7/2014 6:45 PM

As a retired Sheriff from Northern California, Sheriff Bacca and his staff were always very supportive of all Law Enforcement in the State and committed to the betterment of all. Wish him well in his retirement, and thank you for all you did.

yoyo @ 1/7/2014 11:38 PM

Five stars? Really? Who does he think he is?

Retired Chief @ 1/8/2014 6:52 AM

Sheriff Allen you didn't work with him and see what damage he did to the department. He was a politician NOT a cop. Of course he supported other agencies. That was the politically correct thing to do. Just like his sending hundreds of L A County Deputies to provide "security" @ Obama's inauguration at taxpayer expense. That may be what saved him being indicted. His "outside" persona was one thing but what he allowed to happen to a once highly professional agency was quite another.

Retired Chief @ 1/8/2014 6:52 AM

Sheriff Allen you didn't work with him and see what damage he did to the department. He was a politician NOT a cop. Of course he supported other agencies. That was the politically correct thing to do. Just like his sending hundreds of L A County Deputies to provide "security" @ Obama's inauguration at taxpayer expense. That may be what saved him being indicted. His "outside" persona was one thing but what he allowed to happen to a once highly professional agency was quite another.

Saul Berkowitz @ 1/8/2014 9:40 AM

Nothing will really change.

Lee Baca @ 1/8/2014 10:12 AM

Thank you my supporters. It is with a heavy heart and full pockets that I retire on top. I appreciate all the respect I have recieved over the years as my reign as Top Cop. Brown and Green, hoorah.

westcoastleo @ 1/8/2014 1:14 PM

Baca cared less for his troops right now than he ever did. Your right Retired Chief. Ive worked on this department for 34 years. I'm a sergeant now. Baca, like all other sheriff's first came in with good ideas then he floundered and got stale. He drank from the pool of money and buy off's from pals and did not care one thing about his troops. He let his KissA** staff run the show and never looked to see what was going on and did not care. On the LASD I've live through 3 Sheriffs. Peter J. Pitchess, Sheman Block and Leroy D. Baca. PJP was a nutt but had some power. Block had no power and gave our department away to idiots like Baca. TERM LIMITS is what I say will stop stuff like this. 2 four year terms then your out... !

Louie Enrique @ 1/11/2014 1:04 AM

It's about f......ng time the county hyena retires! for some reason that part of the state loves beauracrats. Wake up everybody, decrease your costs and liabilities, don't let politicians sit in and get fat cozy and become idiots in their public positions!

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