Sheriff, Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca was born in East Los Angeles
on May 27, 1942. He attended school in the area, graduating from
Benjamin Franklin High School in 1960. He worked a variety of jobs
to support himself while attending East Los Angeles College, and
entered the United States Marine Corps Reserves in 1964.
Sheriff Baca began his public service career on August 23, 1965,
when he was sworn into the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
as a Deputy Sheriff Trainee. Sheriff Baca worked through the early
portion of his career in custody, recruitment, on patrol on the
streets of East Los Angeles, and as staff instructor at the Sheriff's
Academy. He rose through the ranks, and in 1981 was appointed to
Captain by then Sheriff Peter Pitchess and selected to command Norwalk
Sheriff Baca was promoted to Commander by first-term Sheriff Sherman
Block. Sheriff Baca excelled as the Commander of numerous stations
as well as Aero Bureau and Special Enforcement Bureau. On January
21, 1992, Sheriff Sherman Block again promoted Sheriff Baca, this
time to the rank of Chief.
Believing strongly in education, Sheriff Baca continued his studies.
In 1993 Sheriff Baca graduated from the University of Southern California
with a Doctorate of Public Administration. He is a life member of
the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi - USC Chapter.
As the Chief of Court Services Division, Sheriff Baca directed the
strategy that led to the merger of the Sheriff's Department with
the Marshal's Department. The merger saved the taxpayers of Los
Angeles County 14 million dollars per year. For his efforts Sheriff
Baca received the Department's Distinguished Service award. On December
7, 1998, Sheriff Baca was sworn in as Los Angeles County's 30th
Sheriff, having been elected by the citizens of Los Angeles County.
Sheriff Baca commands the largest Sheriff's Department in the world
and supervises more than 13,000 sworn and civilian personnel.
Sheriff Baca strongly believes in the concept of mentoring. He has
provided leadership, management and direction to thousands of deputy
sheriffs and police officers throughout his career. He continues
this tradition within the Department and as an Adjunct Professor
of Public Administration at the University of La Verne.
Sheriff Baca serves the community in many different ways. He serves
on the Board of Directors for the Optimist Youth Homes and Ranch,
Puente Learning Center, Buena Nueva Foundation, EMEK Hebrew Academy,
and Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, and serves on the Board
of Governors of the USC Alumni Association. He has been honored
by numerous nonprofit organizations and elected officials for his
outstanding service to the public.