Sheriff Alex Villanueva

Sheriff Alex Villanueva

Sheriff Alex Villanueva was elected the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County in 2018; the first challenger to unseat an incumbent in more than a century. A 34-year veteran of the Department, Sheriff Villanueva commands the largest Sheriff’s Department in the United States, with nearly 18,000 budgeted sworn and professional staff.

As Sheriff, he has initiated reform efforts which have significantly improved morale within the organization and community engagement outside the organization. One such effort was solving the problem of recruitment and retention, an issue which the last three office holders failed. Under Sheriff Villanueva’s watch, hiring has more than doubled in comparison to previous years. He has dedicated his time to increased civic trust and engagement by holding town halls to personally address unique issues that affect specific communities within Los Angeles County, and beyond. His committed efforts to achieve complete public transparency by placing all allowable departmental information on-line (, were recently commended by the Los Angeles County Civilian Oversight Commission. By removing ICE from the county jail system he has restored public confidence in the Department. As a result, violent and property crimes have fallen drastically. He has redirected resources to tackle the tough problems; Mental Health and Homeless Services teams have expanded to meet the increased need of the people of Los Angeles.

A veteran and a leader on and off-duty throughout his career, Sheriff Villanueva honorably served in the United States Air Force, the California Air National Guard, and the California Army National Guard. As a training officer, an academy instructor, a field supervisor and a watch commander during his career, Sheriff Villanueva encouraged those he led to aspire to a culture of integrity and community trust to affect positive change from within the department. A strong proponent of education, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of the State of New York, his Master’s Degree from California State University, Northridge, and ultimately his Doctorate from the University of La Verne, both in Public Administration.

Senior Executive Staff

Formal portrait for the undersheriff

Timothy K. Murikami

Assistant Sheriff Countywide services Robin Limon

Assistant Sheriff
Countywide Operations
Robin Limon

Assistant Sheriff Patrol Steven Gross

Assistant Sheriff
Patrol Operations
Steven Gross

Assistant Sheriff Custody Bruce Chase

Assistant Sheriff
Custody Operations
Bruce Chase

Chief Professional Standards Division Matthew Burson

Professional Standards Division
Matthew J. Burson

Division Director Administrative Services Division Conrad Meredith

Division Director
Administrative Services Division
Conrad Meredith

Chief Custody Division Brendan J. Corbett

Custody Services Divison – Gen. Pop.
Brendan J. Corbett

Chief Custody Services Division Specialized Programs Kelly M. Porowsky

Custody Services Div. – Specialized Prog.
Kelly M. Porowski

Chief North Patrol Division Dennis M. Kneer

North Patrol Division
Dennis M. Kneer

Chief Central Patrol Divison Eliezer Vera

Central Patrol Division
Eliezer Vera

Chief South Patrol Division Anthony Rivera

South Patrol Division
Anthony Rivera

Chief East Patrol Divison Patrick J. Jordan

East Patrol Division
Patrick J. Jordan

Chief Technology and Support Divison Mark A. Glatt

Technology and Support Division
Mark A. Glatt

Chief Detective Division Patrick Nelson

Detective Division
Patrick A. Nelson

Chief Court Services Division LuJuana Haselrig

Court Services Division
LuJanna J. Haselrig

Chief Countywide Services Division Myron Johnson

Countywide Services Divsion
Myron R. Johnson

Chief Special Operations Divsion James J. Hellmold

Special Operations Divison
James J. Hellmold

Coming soon.

Undersheriff Murakami began his law enforcement career in 1979 as a deputy at Men’s Central Jail. He worked patrol at East Los Angeles station and was a member of the Gang Suppression Team. He also served at Recruit Training Bureau (RTB) in both pre-employment investigations and the Recruitment Unit.

Upon promoting to Sergeant, Murakami served at Sybil Brand Institute, where he was a part of Operation Safe Jails. He returned to RTB and then went to Industry Station (IDT), where he worked as a Patrol Sergeant and the Asian Community Liaison Team Sergeant. He also helped implement the Asian Crime Taskforce, handling operations, intelligence, special investigations and organized crime.
Upon his promotion to Lieutenant, he remained at IDT, serving in various roles before transferring to Cerritos and then Temple Stations. He promoted to the rank of Captain in 2013 and returned to IDT, where he served as unit commander until his promotion to Assistant Sheriff of Patrol Operations in 2018.

Undersheriff Murakami was promoted to his current rank in 2019, overseeing the Executive Division. He also supervises three assistant sheriffs whose responsibilities comprise a majority of the department’s charter– custody, patrol and countywide operations.

Throughout his career, Murakami has been involved in several aspects of the Department, including the Explorer Program, Youth Activities League, Street Racer Operations, Emergency Preparedness Network, and several taskforces and incident command teams.

Undersheriff Murakami has supported the Fred Jordan Mission and served on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Care Center. He has received several awards for both his community and Department contributions, including “Rookie of the Year”, the Department’s Distinguished Service Award, multiple community achievement awards, the Asian Gang Investigators of California “Lifetime Achievement Award”, the Los Angeles Chinese American Sheriff’s Advisory “Community Achievement Award” and he served as the first police chief for the city of Rosemead.

Murakami is married with four children and 14 grandchildren. When he is off duty, he enjoys staying active, and spending time with family, including his dog.

Chief Johnson began his career with the Sheriff’s Department in 1988 as a Community Service Officer.  In 1989 he graduated from the Academy and became a deputy, assigned to Men's Central Jail.  From there, he went on to work patrol at Carson Station.  He later returned to the Academy as a Drill Instructor with the Department’s Training Bureau.

In 2000, Chief Johnson promoted to sergeant and worked multiple assignments ranging from patrol at Lennox Sheriff's Station (now South Los Angeles Station), and a loan assignment at Special Enforcement Bureau’s K-9 Services Detail.

He promoted to lieutenant in 2007 and worked at Norwalk Station as a watch commander and later as the Detective Bureau lieutenant.  He also worked Professional Development Unit, Internal Affairs Bureau, Carson Station as the Operations lieutenant, and Office of the Assistant Sheriff as an Executive Aide.

In November 2014, he promoted to captain and was assigned to Compton Station and then to Major Crimes Bureau.  He remained there until his promotion to commander in 2018, overseeing Countywide Services Division (CWSD).  In early 2020, Chief Johnson was promoted to his current rank and continues to oversee CWSD.

Throughout his tenure with the Department, Chief Johnson has dedicated his career to community engagement programs.  He oversaw the Youth Athletic League at Lennox Station, managed several Block Club programs, mentored young men in the South Los Angeles area, and participated in the Department-sponsored E-Pal Program for grade school children.

Chief Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocational Studies from California State University, Long Beach and a master's degree in Public Administration.  He is an avid fitness enthusiast and when he is off-duty, he enjoys spending time with family, gardening, running, and working out.

Over 36 years ago, Chief Patrick Nelson began his law enforcement career as a community service officer in Field Operations Region I, now known as North Patrol Division.  After three years, he became a deputy and served in the courts, in custody, and at Carson and Antelope Valley stations before becoming a narcotics investigator and station detective.

When he promoted to sergeant in 1994, he worked at Pitchess Detention Center’s South Facility before transferring and serving as a patrol sergeant, a gang unit sergeant, and a Community Oriented Policing team (COPS) sergeant at both Altadena and Lancaster (LAN) stations.  He was later a sergeant at Narcotics Bureau and served as a Detective Division aide.

When he promoted to lieutenant, he worked Century and Lennox (now South Los Angeles) stations as a patrol lieutenant.  His detective experience served him well in his next few assignments, as he went on to be the station detective bureau lieutenant at Century station.  From there, he served in both the Major Crimes and Homicide Bureaus before returning to LAN as the operations lieutenant and acting captain.

In 2013, Chief Nelson promoted to captain and officially took the helm of LAN, where he served for roughly four years before promoting to commander at North Patrol Division.  There, he oversaw the five patrol stations that make up the Division: LAN, Palmdale, Malibu/Lost Hills, Santa Clarita Valley, and West Hollywood Stations.

In November of 2018, under Sheriff Alex Villanueva, he was promoted to his current rank of chief and now oversees Detective Division, which handles all major investigations throughout the county.

Detective Division is comprised of seven investigative bureaus: Operation Safe Streets, Fraud & Cyber Crimes, Homicide, Major Crimes, Narcotics, Special Victims, and TRAP (Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention), totaling approximately 800 sworn and civilian personnel.

Chief Nelson has a bachelor of science degree from Southern Illinois University, a master of science degree from Tiffin University, and is a graduate of the POST Command College.  He has served as an instructor for the LASD explorer and reserve academies, a field training officer, and a member of several task forces and working groups.

He is, or has been, a member of the City of Hope, LASD chapter, as well as the Antelope Valley Chapter of the NAACP.  He established and ran several community advisory committees in Lancaster and is a contributor to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  He has also participated in many local charity events (Special Olympics, Tip a Cop, and Christmas toy drives).

Chief Nelson is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles County and the second generation of his family to serve the LASD.  He is married to a retired LASD sergeant and together they have one adult son.

Assistant Sheriff Limon graduated from the Academy in 1989 and began her LASD career as a line deputy at Sybil Brand Institute for Women. In 1991, she transferred to Transportation Bureau where she was assigned as a bus driver.

In 1995, Limon transferred to Norwalk station (NWK). During her tenure at NWK, she worked as a patrol deputy, field training officer and a member of the Community Oriented Policing Bureau. In 1999, Limon promoted to detective at Major Crimes Bureau, where she worked the Vice & Gaming Unit.

In 2001, Limon was promoted to sergeant. She served as a line sergeant at both North County Correctional Facility and Inmate Reception Center until moving to Pico Rivera Station in 2003 as a field sergeant and watch sergeant. In 2008, she moved to Emergency Operations Bureau as a sergeant for the Tactical Planning Unit.

In 2010, Limon promoted to lieutenant and transferred to Men’s Central Jail as the Watch Commander and Risk Management Lieutenant. She transferred to Court Services Division where she served as an Area Lieutenant and Operations Lieutenant for Court Services East Bureau and an Area Lieutenant for Central Bureau. In 2015, Limon returned to NWK station. While assigned there, Limon served as a Watch Commander and the Whittier Service Area Lieutenant.

In December 2018, she was selected by Sheriff Alex Villanueva and promoted to the rank of Chief, where she was charged with overseeing Court Services Division. In early 2019 she promoted again, to the rank of Assistant Sheriff. In her current role she oversees Countywide Operations, which includes Court Services, Special Operations, Countywide Services, Technology & Support Division, and Detective Division.

Limon has received numerous awards and commendations over her career for her dedication to the Department and hard work displayed in the communities of Los Angeles County.

Limon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Whittier College and a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Management from California State University, Long Beach.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and attending sporting events.

In 1991, Assistant Sheriff Gross graduated from the Academy and went the Mira Loma and Pitchess Honor Ranch Custody Facilities before becoming a gang deputy for Operation Safe Jails (OSJ). While at OSJ, he served on an Organized Crime Taskforce and a Homicide Taskforce.

Gross went to patrol at Lancaster station, where he served as a field training officer, school resource deputy and gang detective. In 2006, Chief Gross promoted and went to Palmdale station as a field sergeant before moving to Operation Safe Streets to serve on a gang taskforce.

When he promoted to lieutenant, Gross served at both Mira Loma Custody Facility and Palmdale station as a watch commander. He also served Crescenta Valley station and Audit & Accountability Bureau as the operations lieutenant. He was a member of the County Emergency Operations Center Team 3 and Incident Management Team 4.

Gross was promoted to captain and remained at Audit & Accountability Bureau until 2018 when he was promoted again to the rank of commander of Professional Standards & Training Division. As a commander, he was also part of the Sheriff’s Response Team, and the Department Equity Commander.

In December 2018, Chief Gross accepted the position of chief of South Patrol Division where he was responsible for six patrol stations; Carson, Cerritos, Lakewood, Lomita, Norwalk and Pico Rivera. He moved up the ranks once again in 2019, taking on the role of Assistant Sheriff of Patrol Operations.

Throughout his career, Chief Gross has also been an instructor for several disciplines. He has been involved in the annual National Night Out program, worked with the Youth Activities League, and mentored Boy Scouts. He is also a member of the American Legion Star Post 309.

Gross has served in the United States Army and Army Reserve as well as the Air Force Reserve. He has an associate’s degree in Administration of Justice from Antelope Valley College, as well as bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice, both from American Military University. He has been married to his wife, Rebecca, for 31 years and has three adult children, whom he enjoys spending time with. When he is off-duty, Chief Gross enjoys staying active and being outdoors.

In 1989, Chase graduated from the Academy and began his law enforcement career working in various custody facilities before going to patrol at both Lakewood and Century stations. He also served at the Narcotics Bureau and at Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB).

When he promoted to sergeant in 2005, Chase served at Marina Del Rey station and as part of the Crime Impact Team at the Community Oriented Policing Bureau (COPS) before returning to SEB. There, he was responsible for oversight of the Special Enforcement, Special Weapons, Canine Services and Emergency Services details. In 2009, he transferred to the Office of the Sheriff, managing security for the Sheriff.

As a lieutenant, Chase worked in Custody Division on a management taskforce regarding misconduct allegations within the jails. He also played a significant role in rewriting the Department’s Use of Force policy. He returned to SEB in 2013 as SWAT commander, overseeing the units responsible for crisis situations, hostage rescues, armed/barricaded suspects and dignitary protection. He was also the Operations lieutenant before returning to Custody Division as an Executive Aide, responsible for administrative oversight of the Division.

Chase promoted to Captain in 2018, overseeing the Custody Compliance & Sustainability Bureau, devoted to working with federal monitors and civilian oversight entities to ensure compliance with federal court settlement agreements effecting custody facilities. He also managed the newly formed Access to Care Bureau, ensuring adequate medical and mental health treatment for inmates.

In early 2019, Chase promoted to Chief, overseeing Custody Division’s General Population before promoting again to his current position as Assistant Sheriff of Custody Operations. Chase holds the third highest rank on the Department and is one of three Assistant Sheriff’s.

Chase has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary and was inducted into the International Collegiate Honor Society. In the course of his career, he has traveled throughout the country to provide tactical training to various agencies, including military personnel preparing for deployment. He has received numerous awards and recognition, including Distinguished Service and Meritorious Service awards, and commendations for his efforts in multiple life-threatening situations.

Chase comes from a family with a history of both law enforcement and military service, his father and brothers all having served in various capacities. He currently resides in the South Bay with his wife of 22 years and two teenage children.

Chief James Hellmold began his career in 1989 as a custody deputy. He went on to work patrol at Lakewood station and was part of Sheriff’s Headquarter Bureau as a media liaison.

As a sergeant, Hellmold worked at two of the busiest stations in the county; Compton (CPT) and East Los Angeles. From there, he took an administrative role in Special Projects/Budget and then moved on to become the Special Weapons and K-9 sergeant at Special Enforcement Bureau.

When he promoted to lieutenant, Hellmold returned to CPT as a watch commander. He also returned to headquarters as the aide for the Undersheriff’s office before promoting to the rank of Captain in 2007 and transferring to Century station.

As a Commander, Hellmold oversaw the Custody Division Jail Inspection Unit, tasked with inspecting jail operations and working with the Citizens Commission on Jail Violence to implement reforms. He later served as the Assistant Sheriff of Patrol and Detective Operations, and currently holds the rank of Chief, overseeing the Department’s Special Operations Division.

Hellmold has a bachelor’s degree from California State University at Fullerton and has completed the Executive Leadership Program at Cornell University. He is considered a subject matter expert in areas such as law enforcement tactics, emergency management, and community policing strategies. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his work in reducing street crimes and positively impacting the communities he’s served.

Hellmold has spent many years coaching youth football and baseball, as well as volunteering at the Compton Salvation Army and other Los Angeles based missions. He has served as a youth mentor at MacLaren Children’s Center and serves as a voting member on various governance boards; the Joint Regional Intelligence Center, and the Los Angeles Urban Area Security Initiative, to name a few.

As head of Special Operations Division, Hellmold is in charge of such specialized units as Special Enforcement Bureau, Aero, Transit Services, Metrolink and Emergency Operations bureaus. They provide everything from specialized security details and rescue capabilities to air and K-9 support for patrol operations. Hellmold and his team are currently overseeing the security and logistics planning involved with the 2022 Super Bowl and 2024 Olympic games, both set to be held in Los Angeles.

Chief Burson began his law enforcement career in 1987, as a Corrections Officer for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. In 1989, he joined LASD and became a deputy, working at Sybil Brand Institute, Carson and Industry stations as well as Operation Safe Streets Bureau (OSS) before promoting to the role of Gang Detective in 2000. In 2006, he promoted to the rank of Sergeant and transferred to Lennox Station. Later that same year, he returned to OSS and worked as both a Gang Sergeant and Operations Sergeant. In 2008, he transferred to the Sheriff’s Office as an Executive Aide.

In 2010, Chief Burson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and returned to Lennox Station as a Watch Commander. He also served at Homicide Bureau as a Team Lieutenant and in 2013, he transferred to Detective Division Headquarters where he again served as an Executive Aide.

In 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and returned once more to OSS, where he served until early 2018, when he transferred to the Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau (ICIB). In December of 2018, he was promoted to the rank of Chief, overseeing the Professional Standards & Training Division.

During his time at OSS, Chief Burson worked on an FBI Federal Taskforce as well as a Homicide Gang Taskforce. Throughout his career, Chief Burson has participated in many community outreach programs, including mentoring teenage boys in low socioeconomic communities and participating in the Department sponsored e-Pal Program for third and fourth graders.

Chief Burson has a Bachelor’s degree in Workforce, Education and Development from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the USC Executive Leadership Program and the POST Executive Development Program.

Chief Burson is married and has two adult children, both of whom are college graduates. His son is also on the Department currently serving as a deputy. His daughter works as a Probation Officer II for San Bernardino County. When he is off-duty, Chief Burson enjoys reading and working out.

Chief Haselrig began her career with LASD in 1988 as a deputy sheriff trainee. After the Academy, she was assigned to Sybil Brand Institute. She also worked patrol at Carson station, serving in various capacities before transferring to Recruit Training Bureau as a staff instructor.

She promoted to the rank of sergeant and served at Walnut and Compton stations. While at Compton, she was the patrol sergeant, detective sergeant and acting watch commander.

Haselrig promoted to lieutenant at Pitchess Detention Center and later went to Century Regional Detention Facility, West Hollywood station, Coveted Testing Unit and Central Property & Evidence, where she was responsible for oversight of the largest evidence and property warehouse in the county.

She promoted to captain and was assigned to Court Services Transportation Bureau, responsible for managing the transportation of inmates to and from stations, courthouses, and jail facilities all over the county.

Throughout her career, she has served in many roles, including being the first community oriented policing deputy for the city of Carson and Emergency Operations coordinator at Walnut Station. She has been Board Chair for The Resource Center and a representative for multiple law enforcement unions.

Haselrig has been involved with Feed the Homeless events, the Community Development Center and Project Angel Tree. She has helped organize charitable giving campaigns and was a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix.

Haselrig has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Emergency Management Administration.
When she is off-duty, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading and staying active. She has run the Los Angeles Half Marathon, as well as the Los Angeles, San Diego and Boston Marathons.
As Chief, Haselrig will oversee Court Services Division, which is comprised of approximately 634 courtrooms and lock-up facilities in 58 court buildings throughout the county. The Division transports 4,500 inmates daily, traveling over two million miles annually.

In 1986, Mark Glatt began his law enforcement career as a deputy at Men’s Central Jail (MCJ). Working his way up the ranks, he now serves as Chief of the Department’s Technology & Support Division.
Throughout his career, Glatt has served in many capacities. As a deputy, he not only worked in custody at MCJ, he also worked patrol at Malibu/Lost Hills Station and was the operations deputy for Custody Division.
When he promoted to Sergeant, Glatt transferred to Crescenta Valley Station as a field sergeant before moving on to become the operations sergeant at Pitchess Detention Center, South Facility as well as Medical Services Bureau (MSB).

As a lieutenant, Glatt continued to serve MSB for a time while also taking on his new duties at Correctional Services Division. He would go on to become a watch commander at Pitchess Detention Center, North Facility, as well as Temple Station.

His final stop as a lieutenant came in 2009 when he transferred to Communications & Fleet Management Bureau (CFMB). There, he served as the operations lieutenant, Advanced Surveillance and Protection (ASAP) lieutenant, and project manager for several ongoing Department systems upgrades and security projects.

In early 2019, Glatt served briefly as the Captain of CFMB before being selected by Sheriff Alex Villanueva to serve as Chief over the entire division. Along with CFMB, Glatt’s command is also comprised of Data Systems, Scientific Services and Records & Identification Bureaus.

Glatt has served as the Department’s Chief Information Officer as well as Alternate Chair for the Sheriff for Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) and was a member of the Integrated Systems Advisory Board. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and served in the United States Air Force for over 30 years, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Glatt is married with two adult children and enjoys collecting classic cars and participating in car club events as well as off-roading. He is also a licensed amateur radio operator.

In 1986, Chief Rivera graduated from the Academy and began his career at Men’s Central Jail before transferring Lakewood station. He was also assigned to Operation Safe Streets Bureau (OSS), as part of the Gang Enforcement Team. In 1995, he promoted to Gang Investigator and remained at OSS.

In 2000, Chief Rivera transferred to Homicide Bureau before promoting to sergeant and going to Pico Rivera station, where he served as a field and watch sergeant. In 2001, he returned to OSS as team of the Gang Surveillance and Fugitive Apprehension Unit. He was also a U.S. Marshal Task Force officer, and a lead supervisor of a federal investigation with the DEA.

As a lieutenant, Chief Rivera served at Transit Services Bureau in the field, as Detective lieutenant, and head of the Special Problems Unit and Crime Impact Teams. He returned once more to OSS to supervise numerous gang task forces.

In 2015, Chief Rivera became the Executive Aide at Special Operations Division (SOD). He was also head of the Mental Evaluation Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team. In 2017, Chief Rivera promoted to Captain and served Aero Bureau for one year before transferring to Special Enforcement Bureau. In January 2019, he was promoted to Commander, serving SOD again, briefly, before promoting to the rank of Chief. He is currently overseeing South Patrol Division, comprised of Carson, Cerritos, Lakewood, Lomita, Norwalk and Pico Rivera stations.

Chief Rivera has much experience in dealing with gang registration programs, instructing other gang investigators and working with the Los Angeles Regional Gang Information Network. He helped train the El Salvadorian National Police in intelligence gathering, was the lead supervisor for the largest federal gang take down, “Operation Knockout”, and has served as protection detail for the Consular General of Turkey. Chief Rivera has earned multiple awards from other agencies for his work combating hate crimes and has received two Distinguished Service Awards and an Exemplary Service Award.

Chief Rivera has been married for more than 33 years and has three adult sons, all of whom are in either the military or law enforcement. In his free time, Chief Rivera enjoys spending time with his family and being a new grandfather.

Chief Vera’s career with the Sheriff’s Department began in 1988. After graduating from the Academy as a deputy sheriff, his first assignment was at Men’s Central Jail. In 1991, he was loaned out to the Special Investigation Bureau’s Motorcycle Task Force. In 1992, he transferred to Lynwood Station and later to Century Station. In 2001, he was assigned to the Detective Division’s Cargo Theft Criminal Apprehension Team.

Also in 2001, Chief Vera promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He was assigned to Lennox and Compton Stations as a patrol sergeant and the Crime Impact Teams at both locations. He transferred to the Office of the Sheriff, serving as the Executive Aide, until his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in 2008.

Upon his promotion, he was assigned to Century Station and then Special Enforcement Bureau. In 2013, he was promoted to Captain and was assigned to South Los Angeles Station. From July 2014 to October 2015, he served as the unit commander of Reserve Forces Bureau. In October 2015, he transferred to Communications and Fleet Management Bureau.

In December 2018, he accepted a promotion to the rank of Chief, overseeing the six patrol stations that make up Central Patrol Division: Avalon, Century, Compton, East Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey and South Los Angeles Stations.

Chief Vera is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served as a Presidential Honor Guard for former President Ronald W. Reagan. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.
Chief Vera is a lifelong resident of South California. When he is off-duty, he enjoys spending time with his family, participating in church events and personal fitness. Chief Vera and his wife are actively involved in youth mentoring.

In 1992, Chief Kneer began his career with LASD. He worked in custody for six years before transferring to East Los Angeles Station as a patrol deputy and then to Lancaster station as a Field Training Officer. He worked as an FTO until 2004 when he promoted to the rank of Detective and remained at Lancaster station as a night detective.

Chief Kneer promoted to Sergeant in 2006 and served at North County Correctional Facility as a watch sergeant and building sergeant, and Palmdale station as a watch sergeant and field sergeant. In 2009, he became an Executive Aide at Custody Division Headquarters and served in that capacity for one year before promoting once again.

When he promoted to lieutenant, Chief Kneer transferred to Mira Loma Detention Center for one year and then returned to Palmdale station, serving as the Watch Commander and Operations Lieutenant.

Chief Kneer returned to Headquarters as an Executive Aide for North Patrol Division, where he remained until his promotion to the rank of Captain in 2016. At that time, he returned once more to Palmdale station.

In 2018, he promoted to the rank of Chief, overseeing North Patrol Division. He was responsible for five patrol stations in the northern region of the County, including Lancaster, Malibu/Lost Hills, Palmdale, Santa Clarita, and West Hollywood/Universal Citywalk. He also served briefly as the Sheriff’s Chief of Staff before returning to North Patrol Division.

Throughout his career, Chief Kneer has been involved in such community outreach programs as the Antelope Valley Cares Teen Summit and Community Advisory Committee. He has hosted multiple “Coffee with a Cop” functions and has assisted in the planning of National Night Out events in the city of Palmdale.

Chief Kneer has an associate’s degree from College of the Canyons, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from National University. He is also a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Executive Development Leadership Program and the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute of Police.

Chief Kneer is also a Sertoma Member in Leona Valley, where he resides with his wife and two teenage sons. When he is off-duty, he enjoys running, reading and boating on the Colorado River.

Chief Jordan graduated from the Academy in 1983 and began his career at Pitchess Detention Center East Facility. After two years, he transferred to West Hollywood Station (WHD), where he would remain as he promoted to Training Officer, Detective, and Team Leader.

When Chief Jordan promoted to Sergeant, he served at Carson, Crescenta Valley, and Century stations as a watch sergeant, field sergeant and Community Relations Liaison. As a lieutenant, he worked at Compton Station and WHD as the Watch Commander and Detective Lieutenant. In 2002, he transferred to Transit Services Bureau (TSB) as the Operations Lieutenant.

Chief Jordan continued to serve TSB as both a Captain and a Commander until 2012, when he went to the Assistant Sheriff’s office to oversee the department-wide CARPing program. Chief Jordan has since served as unit commander for multiple custody units, most recently Population Management Bureau.

In December 2018, Chief Jordan was promoted to his current rank and now oversees the Department’s East Patrol Division, comprised of Altadena, Crescenta Valley, Industry, San Dimas, Temple and Walnut/Diamond Bar stations.

Chief Jordan has helped implement paperwork tracking systems, increasing accountability and turn-around times. He has also assisted with the Federal Homeland Security Grant program, co-chaired the Southern California Surface Transportation Security Committee with the FBI and served on the Peer Advisory Group for the Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration. He helped implement the “Transit Watch LA” program. He has also served as a board member of POPA and the Crenshaw Leadership Council.

Chief Jordan earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge. He has attended an Executive Leadership Program at the Center of Homeland Defense & Security and participated in the Homeland & Transportation Security seminar in Israel.

Chief Jordan has two adult children: Sean, 29, and Jenna, 28. He also has two young grandchildren: Tenaya and Sienna. When he is off-duty, Chief Jordan enjoys reading, hiking and traveling.