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Long Beach Police Chief to Make a Run for Sheriff

Long Beach Police chief reportedly throws his hat in to the race for Los Angeles County Sheriff's.

UPDATED AT 6:30 P.M.

Chief Jim McDonnell has confirmed through a news release that he will indeed run for Los Angeles County Sheriff. Here is the release sent just before 5 tonight.

Chief Jim McDonnell, who has headed the Long Beach Police Department since 2010 and served as the second in command in the Los Angeles Police Department, announced today that he is running for Los Angeles County Sheriff in the June 3, 2014 election. 

McDonnell is the immediate past president of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association and served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 29 years, holding every rank in the department up to Chief of Staff. He also served on the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence, an independent blue ribbon panel that investigated and issued a report with recommendations to bring about lasting and meaningful changes within the Los Angeles County jails and has been an active leader in state and national law enforcement and criminal justice bodies.

McDonnell announced that he begins his candidacy with broad, bi-partisan support, including many of top local leaders in law enforcement. 

McDonnell’s initial endorsements include (all titles are for identification purposes only; organizational support is not implied): 

  • Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County District Attorney
  • Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Supervisor 
  • Steve Cooley, former Los Angeles County District Attorney 
  • Charlie Beck, Chief of Police, City of Los Angeles 
  • Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney 
  • Bob Foster, Long Beach Mayor 
  • Bob Hertzberg, former Assembly Speaker 
  • Rick Caruso, former President, L.A. Police Commission 
  • John Van de Kamp, former California Attorney General & Los Angeles District Attorney 
  • Tony Cardenas, Congressmember 
  • State Senator Ted Lieu 
  • Felipe Fuentes, Los Angeles City Councilmember 
  • Nury Martinez, Los Angeles City Councilmember 
  • Walter Allen III, Mayor of Covina 
  • Fred Gaines, Mayor of Calabasas 
  • Terry Hara, Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department 
  • Alan Skobin, former Vice President, Los Angeles Police Commission 
  • Lloyd Greif, former Chair, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation 
  • Bert & Jane Boeckmann, former President, L.A. Police Commission & owners, Galpin Ford 
  • Naomi Rainey-Pierson, Philanthropist/civil rights leader

ORIGINAL ARTICLE FROM 5:27 P.M. TODAY

KCAL Channel 9 News is reporting that Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell has confirmed he will run for Los Angeles County Sheriff’s.

The station’s report was made during the 4 p.m. news hour. There had been a great deal of speculation regarding a run by McDonnell. The announcement is not unexpected despite MDonnell’s assurances in June to the Long Beach city council that he would not leave the department.

Sheriff Lee Baca announced on Jan. 7 that he would be resigning his current post, effectively dropping out of this year’s race for sheriff. His resignation comes amid several controversies within the department including a federal investigation into alleged abuses by deputies in the county jail.

McDonnell joins a growing number of candidates who will run for the position. According to reports, there could be as many as six candidates.

Mike Ruehle January 13, 2014 at 11:12 PM
In 2012, Long Beach police chief Jim McDonnell was appointed by County Supervisor Knabe to chair a commission investigating misconduct of the Sheriff’s department. McDonnell personally criticized Sheriff Baca’s department for a “culture of violence and persistent pattern of unreasonable force through its entire chain of command dating back many years.” In the past month, Long Beach Chief McDonnell was forced to announce the formation of a NEW committee to investigate the growing number of complaints regarding his OWN Long Beach police department for misconduct and excessive force. This committee is IN ADDITION to the Long Beach charter mandated Citizens Police Complaint Commission (CPCC) and its own Internal Affairs department. Apparently two existing groups tasked with oversight of Long Beach police misconduct is not enough. ______________________________________________________ http://lbpost.com/news/2000003164-lbpd-creates-advisory-committee-to-examine-department-s-use-of-force#.Us2ydk2A2M- ______________________________________________________ How is the sheriff’s department misconduct McDonnell was so outspoken about in his 2012 Commission report any different than on-going issues with HIS OWN Long Beach Police Department requiring appointment of another police oversight committee? How can anyone believe McDonnell would be able to enact positive change in the Sheriff’s Department when he can’t even control HIS OWN, much smaller, Long Beach police department? ______________________________________________________ His name is McBaca
Mike Ruehle January 13, 2014 at 11:15 PM
Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell must run for the LA County Sheriff's job because his protectors, Mayor Bob Foster and Councilman Gary DeLong, are both termed out this year and can no longer protect McDonnell and his department from scrutiny. ______________________________________________________ Mayor Foster made City Manager Pat West look like a fool for committing to interview and hire the new chief from within the Long Beach department. McDonnell was selected by Foster as police chief because he promised to not challenge cuts to police staffing Foster needed to balance the budget. This was a subject previous police chief Batts was vocal about prior to his leaving to become Oakland's police chief. ______________________________________________________ http://www.presstelegram.com/technology/20091223/lbpd-chief-search-sparks-anger ______________________________________________________ http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/technology/20100302/pat-west-apparently-survives-evaluation ______________________________________________________ Upon announcement of McDonnell's hiring as Long Beach's police chief, police union president Steve James requested city council fire City Manager Pat West for breaking his promise to hire from within the ranks of Long Beach's department. However, as payback, for stabbing City Manager West in the back, Mayor Foster threatened to veto any City Council vote to remove West as City Manager and McDonnell as police chief. ______________________________________________________ http://www.presstelegram.com/technology/20100226/police-union-president-confirms-he-wants-long-beach-city-manager-out
Mike Ruehle January 13, 2014 at 11:19 PM
I don't see Long Beach Peace Officers Association (POA) Union president Steve James name on the list of endorsements. I wonder why.
John B. Greet January 14, 2014 at 12:34 AM
"In the past month, Long Beach Chief McDonnell was forced to announce the formation of a NEW committee to investigate the growing number of complaints regarding his OWN Long Beach police department for misconduct and excessive force. This committee is IN ADDITION to the Long Beach charter mandated Citizens Police Complaint Commission (CPCC) and its own Internal Affairs department. Apparently two existing groups tasked with oversight of Long Beach police misconduct is not enough." ---- Who, exactly, "forced" the Chief to announce the advisory committee that he, himself, chose to form, Ruehle? You are routinely critical of both LBPD Internal Affairs investigations and CPCC leadership and effectiveness, yet here you use them as a basis upon which to be critical of the Chief's new advisory committee. Could you please make up your mind? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell must run for the LA County Sheriff's job because his protectors, Mayor Bob Foster and Councilman Gary DeLong, are both termed out this year and can no longer protect McDonnell and his department from scrutiny." ---- Given that LBPD has been under considerable scrutiny long pre-dating both Foster and DeLong's elections and that this scrutiny has not lessened to any degree since Foster and DeLong were elected, Ruehle's allegation, here, is just one more in a long list of those he cannot substantiate with anything even closely resembling a fact. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "McDonnell was selected by Foster as police chief because he promised to not challenge cuts to police staffing Foster needed to balance the budget." ---- Another allegation without a shred of proof. Ruehle, please cite the section in the City Charter that gives the Mayor the statutory authority to select the head of any department, police or otherwise. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "I don't see Long Beach Peace Officers Association (POA) Union president Steve James name on the list of endorsements. I wonder why (?)" ---- As a private person, Steve James is free to endorse or decline to endorse, whomever he chooses. Where the POA is concerned, however, the Board of Directors makes that decision...not Steve James.
Mike Ruehle January 14, 2014 at 02:43 AM
Bare in mind the comments of recently retired LBPD officer John B. Greet are an opportunity to gain insight into the mind of a typical Long Beach cop who has fled Long Beach and now lives in Idaho. As such, his comments are HIGHLY educational to us all.
x January 14, 2014 at 09:38 AM
This post will probably make me vote for McDonnell, just to spite you. Mr. Ruehle.
Mike Ruehle January 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Please tell everyone how I've treated YOU wrongly. Was it when I quoted your writing that you thought you loved me?
John B. Greet January 14, 2014 at 01:00 PM
"Bare in mind the comments of recently retired LBPD officer John B. Greet are an opportunity to gain insight into the mind of a typical Long Beach cop who has fled Long Beach and now lives in Idaho. As such, his comments are HIGHLY educational to us all." --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nice deflection, Ruehle, and also very typical. You can't rebut my actual points, so all you can do is try to impugn me personally. I "fled" nothing. Is it truly your position that in the U.S., people have no freedom to move to or live where they like? I do not fault your decision to move from Belmont Shore. Why do you appear to fault my decision to move from Long Beach? I do *not* live in Idaho. This is just one of many, many things that you repeatedly say which are patently *false*. I do not fault you for your professional background. Why do you appear to fault me for mine? I am not "recently" retired. I retired four years ago. Do try to keep up, won't you? And why does that matter to you anyway? Could it be because you are unable to respond in a reasonable manner to my specific points so you seek to deflect from them instead? I tend to think so. Prove me wrong. Please...I'm very interested to see you try.
x January 15, 2014 at 08:59 AM
It's not really that you wronged me in any way. I am not ashamed of being a generous and loving person. It is that I would miss the endless entertainment provided by your fallacious argumentation and ad hominem attacks. And to be honest, the passive-agressive in me delights at the thought of you staying up all night googling together your next post. Caveat Lector!

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