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L.A. watchdog to run review office

August 06, 2008|Stuart Pfeifer

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to hire a Los Angeles County sheriff's watchdog to run its new Office of Independent Review, which will monitor the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Steve Connolly, who has served seven years as an attorney with the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review, will evaluate internal affairs investigations within the Sheriff's Department. He will also advise the department about investigations into deaths of inmates in the county jails and uses of force by deputies.

Connolly and his staff are to advise Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens about employee discipline and inform the public of the outcomes of sheriff's employee discipline.

Connolly said he expected to operate with an annual budget of $750,000. He will be paid $210,000 per year.

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