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In swearing-in ceremony, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva promises new direction for department – Daily News

In swearing-in ceremony, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva promises new direction for department – Daily News

Throughout his swearing-in ceremony on Monday, Alex Villanueva, the new sheriff of Los Angeles County, paused for a second throughout his remarks as he heard a lady shouting within the viewers.

“Si se puede,” the lady stated, nonetheless sitting however chanting and jabbing her fist.

“Si se pudo,” he stated again in Spanish, pointing on the lady. “Yes, we could.”

Cheers from activist teams punctuated the ceremony at East Los Angeles School. The identical teams up to now have had few events to rejoice in electing a new sheriff, a non-partisan place the place incumbents not often face competitors for their jobs.

  • Sheriff-elect Alex Villanueva, a retired sheriff’s lieutenant, together with his spouse Vivian, a 30-year veteran of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, share a second throughout his swearing in ceremony for Los Angeles County Sheriff at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Alex Villanueva, a retired sheriff’s lieutenant, is sworn in as Los Angeles County Sheriff at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Sheriff-elect Alex Villanueva, a retired sheriff’s lieutenant, is sworn in as Los Angeles County Sheriff at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Sheriff-elect Alex Villanueva, a retired sheriff’s lieutenant, is sworn in as Los Angeles County Sheriff at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Sheriff-elect Alex Villanueva, a retired sheriff’s lieutenant, together with his spouse Vivian, a 30-year veteran of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, salute through the flag ceremony earlier than he was sworn in as Los Angeles County Sheriff at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • DJ Massive Boy emcees Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s swearing in ceremony at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • DJ Massive Boy emcees Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s swearing in ceremony at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Sheriff-elect Alex Villanueva, a retired sheriff’s lieutenant, greets Sup. Janice Hahn after she spoke about him throughout his swearing in ceremony for Los Angeles County Sheriff at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Throughout Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s swearing in ceremony, former State Senator Kevin de León speaks about Villanueva at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Alex Villanueva, a retired sheriff’s lieutenant, is pinned by his son Jared throughout his swearing in ceremony for Los Angeles County Sheriff at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Sheriff-elect Alex Villanueva’s spouse Vivian, a 30-year veteran of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, adjusts his sheriff’s badge after he’s pinned throughout his swearing in ceremony for Los Angeles County Sheriff at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Alex Villanueva, a retired sheriff’s lieutenant, shakes his son Jared’s hand after he pinned him throughout his swearing in ceremony for Los Angeles County Sheriff at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is sworn in at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018 as his spouse Vivian, a 30-year veteran of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, holds the Bible. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva poses after being sworn in at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018 after his spouse Vivian, a 30-year veteran of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, held the Bible. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva pins Capt. Tim Murakami as assistant sheriff after Villanueva was sworn in as sheriff at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva pins Commander Maria Gutierrez as assistant sheriff after Villanueva was sworn in as sheriff at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva speaks after being sworn in at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva speaks after being sworn in at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva speaks after being sworn in at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva introduces employees after being sworn in at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • An interfaith benediction is held after Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is sworn in at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva visits with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department rank and file after being sworn in at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva together with his spouse Vivian, a 30-year veteran of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, visits with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department rank and file after being sworn in at East Los Angeles School on Monday, December three, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Packed within the Ingalls Auditorium was the gathering of political teams that boosted Villaneuva’s marketing campaign — labor unions, immigration rights advocates and members of a few of the county’s Democratic golf equipment.

Proper subsequent to them have been lots of of rank-and-file sheriffs deputies getting their first probability to listen to from their new boss.

Many deputies, too, celebrated Villanueva’s election — the union representing the department’s rank-and-file members, the Affiliation of Los Angeles County Sheriffs Deputies, pumped $1.three million into his marketing campaign.

ALADS additionally issued a vote of “no confidence” in his opponent, outgoing Sheriff Jim McDonnell, days earlier than the overall election on Nov. 6.

Villanueva spoke to each teams in his speech, reflecting how he was capable of full his one-year rise from a retired sheriff’s lieutenant — whose final publish was commanding a shift of a number of dozen deputies on the Pico Rivera station — to now the highest regulation enforcement agent within the county in command of a department with a finances of greater than $three billion.

“We must listen to both the rank-and-file,” Villanueva stated, “and the people they serve.”

The new sheriff earned help from the union partially due to his extra lenient stance on deputy self-discipline, in addition to promises to chop from the department’s prime ranks, together with a reported purge of government employees members.

Villanueva appointed seven new executives on the ceremony on Monday. He informed deputies the period of promotions based mostly on loyalty was over.

He stated throughout his profession he was retaliated towards for talking out underneath earlier administrations — Villaneuva stated all through his marketing campaign that he needed to root out corruption left over from the administration of former Sheriff Lee Baca and Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, who have been each convicted in a jail-abuse and cover-up scandal.

Chatting with his spouse, Vivian, a fellow deputy who sat on stage with him, Villanueva stated each of their careers have been derailed due to his public stances.

“You bared the brunt of retaliation leveled my way for years,” he stated.

The race for sheriff ended on Nov. 27, when McDonnell conceded in a speech on the department’s headquarters on the Corridor of Justice in downtown L.A.

After main on election night time, McDonnell’s share of the vote shrank with every subsequent replace, till ultimately Villanueva pulled forward the day after the election. In the ultimate rely, Villanueva led with 53 % of the vote to 47 % for McDonnell.

The new sheriff drew a stark distinction between himself and McDonnell over S.B. 54, higher often known as California’s “sanctuary state” invoice. The regulation prohibited regulation enforcement businesses within the state from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

Handed final yr, S.B. 54 resulted in sheriff-run jails turning into battlegrounds over immigration coverage. Whereas McDonnell questioned the invoice, Villanueva embraced it, promising voters he wouldn’t permit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement brokers to make use of workplace area inside L.A. County’s jails.

The writer of S.B. 54, former state Sen. Kevin de León, was among the many audio system on the swearing in ceremony on Monday. He stated Villaneuva’s election meant undocumented immigrants not wanted to worry county deputies would hand them over to ICE brokers looking for to deport them.

“You can live in L.A. County with dignity, safety, and yes, sanctuary,” De León stated.

De León, who unsuccessfully ran towards Sen. Dianne Feinstein this yr and made a reputation for himself with feisty statements about President Donald Trump, stated what LASD does as the most important the nation’s largest sheriff’s department can have implications for different regulation enforcement coverage nationwide.

“The country is watching very closely,” he stated to Villanueva from the rostrum.

The new sheriff’s private story was additionally on show on the occasion on Monday — ELAC’s president, Martin Martinez, referred to as Villanueva “one of our own.”

Villanueva, who lives in La Habra Heights, for years labored as campus police officer within the Los Angeles Group School District, patrolling ELAC and different campuses all through the system. He met his spouse, Vivian, when she was coaching to grow to be a deputy on the sheriff’s East L.A. station.

Villanueva stated selling native ties can be one his priorities as sheriff.

“Kids from Compton should grow up to serve as deputies in Compton,” he stated. “Kids in East L.A. should grow up to serve East L.A.”