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April 11, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim
After Orange County's sheriff was indicted on corruption charges on 2007, supervisors made a point of looking beyond the county limits to find a replacement who was free of the cronyism and scandal that had tainted the office. A retired Los Angeles Sheriff's Department division chief, Sandra Hutchens was lauded by one county supervisor for being "removed from the political machinations in the county" and was seen as a welcome breath of fresh air in a department that had been led for decades by politically connected lawmen.
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March 20, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
The staggering backlog of applications for concealed weapons permits in Orange County has grown to almost 3,000 and some applicants said they've been told it may be years before their paperwork is fully processed. The flood of applications was triggered by a pro-gun appeals court ruling that relaxed the restrictions on who could carry weapons. Most counties in the state have opted to wait for a likely appeal, but Orange County has gone the other way - taking applications from those who claim they need to carry a weapon for their own protection or safety.
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February 6, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
The Orange County Sheriff's Department will lay off one of its highest-ranking officers as well as 23 professional staff members this month as it grapples with a budget shortfall of more than $50 million. Among those who will lose their jobs is Assistant Sheriff Michael Hillmann, a four-decade veteran of the LAPD hired by Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens to help lead the department in the wake of corruption allegations against her predecessor. Hillmann, 64, ran into controversy early on when he was caught sending text messages mocking activists and board members during a Board of Supervisors meeting early last year on the department's gun permit policies.
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January 28, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Robert Faturechi
The newly named interim sheriff of Los Angeles County, current Orange County Undersheriff John L. Scott, said Tuesday that he would continue the momentum of reform in the department.  Flanked by four of the five county supervisors, Scott said, "I can assure you, I'm not going to be a placeholder here in L.A. County. I will begin the process immediately of restoring both the dignity to the men and women of L.A. County and the confidence and trust of the public that we serve. " After two closed-door meetings Tuesday, Los Angeles  County Supervisors  announced they had selected Scott to take over for the resigning  Lee Baca  until voters select a new sheriff later this year, either in June's primary election or November's run-off election.  "We don't know what's going to happen in June, but we do know we have a man who can do the job through December in Sheriff John Scott," Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said after the announcement.
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October 21, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
The Orange County Sheriff's Department anticipates a possible $71-million budget shortfall next year as sales tax revenue continues to plummet, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens told the county board Tuesday. She said she has asked division heads to find ways to cut up to 20% in each of their sections. Hutchens made $20.5 million in cuts this year, including a 40% reduction in her command staff and 24 layoffs to sworn and non-sworn staff. Hutchens said the cuts to command staff prevented her from making cuts to front-line public safety resources such as investigators.
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July 16, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
Orange County supervisors voted Tuesday to award a $250,000 contract to a consulting firm to make recommendations for improving conditions in the county's troubled jail system. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said she wants the firm, Crout and Sida Criminal Justice Consultants, to offer ideas for increasing the safety of staff and inmates in the state's second-largest local jail system. In April, the district attorney released a report that questioned the performance of some deputies at Theo Lacy Jail in Orange, where inmate John Derek Chamberlain was beaten to death in 2006.
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March 20, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
The staggering backlog of applications for concealed weapons permits in Orange County has grown to almost 3,000 and some applicants said they've been told it may be years before their paperwork is fully processed. The flood of applications was triggered by a pro-gun appeals court ruling that relaxed the restrictions on who could carry weapons. Most counties in the state have opted to wait for a likely appeal, but Orange County has gone the other way - taking applications from those who claim they need to carry a weapon for their own protection or safety.
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January 28, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Robert Faturechi
The newly named interim sheriff of Los Angeles County, current Orange County Undersheriff John L. Scott, said Tuesday that he would continue the momentum of reform in the department.  Flanked by four of the five county supervisors, Scott said, "I can assure you, I'm not going to be a placeholder here in L.A. County. I will begin the process immediately of restoring both the dignity to the men and women of L.A. County and the confidence and trust of the public that we serve. " After two closed-door meetings Tuesday, Los Angeles  County Supervisors  announced they had selected Scott to take over for the resigning  Lee Baca  until voters select a new sheriff later this year, either in June's primary election or November's run-off election.  "We don't know what's going to happen in June, but we do know we have a man who can do the job through December in Sheriff John Scott," Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said after the announcement.
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June 10, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant and Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
With a decisive mandate from voters, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said Wednesday she is finally moving past critics who have characterized her as a liberal interloper out of touch with conservative Orange County. As she entered the department Wednesday morning, undersheriffs, lieutenants and secretaries burst into applause. "Welcome, elected sheriff," Undersheriff John Scott said. "Yes, remove the word 'appointed,' " Hutchens said. Hutchens took nearly 52% of the vote in Tuesday's election, defeating former Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Bill Hunt and Anaheim Deputy Police Chief Craig Hunter.
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August 21, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Only seven of the 42 Orange County sheriff's special reserves whose badges and ID cards were reported lost or stolen could provide specifics on when and where their credentials disappeared, while most of the others gave the department no explanation. The special reserves who filed lost and stolen property reports with the department recalled last seeing their badges at locations that included south Orange County restaurants, a hair salon, Dana Point Harbor and Hawaii. The reports, released Wednesday by sheriff's officials under a public records request by The Times, show that the department learned about many of the misplaced badges only as it sought to exchange older versions of the shields for newer ones that are less like those carried by sworn deputies.
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July 21, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
Orange County supervisors approved a contract Tuesday to house federal immigration detainees at two county jails, a deal that will bring in more than $30 million a year and help save jobs in the Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff's Department has been negotiating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for months to house more than 800 detainees at the James A. Musick Facility near Irvine and the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange. The jails could see the first influx of detainees as early as the first week of August.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant and Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
With a decisive mandate from voters, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said Wednesday she is finally moving past critics who have characterized her as a liberal interloper out of touch with conservative Orange County. As she entered the department Wednesday morning, undersheriffs, lieutenants and secretaries burst into applause. "Welcome, elected sheriff," Undersheriff John Scott said. "Yes, remove the word 'appointed,' " Hutchens said. Hutchens took nearly 52% of the vote in Tuesday's election, defeating former Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Bill Hunt and Anaheim Deputy Police Chief Craig Hunter.
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June 9, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
Appointed Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens was holding a hefty 2-to-1 lead in early balloting Tuesday over her two opponents in her bid to win the endorsement of voters to continue leading a department still recovering from scandal. In Ventura County, Sheriff's Cmdr. Geoff Dean was leading Chief Deputy Dennis Carpenter, and in an Orange County race for an open supervisorial seat, Fullerton Councilman Shawn Nelson and Anaheim Councilman Harry Sidhu led a field of six candidates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim
After Orange County's sheriff was indicted on corruption charges on 2007, supervisors made a point of looking beyond the county limits to find a replacement who was free of the cronyism and scandal that had tainted the office. A retired Los Angeles Sheriff's Department division chief, Sandra Hutchens was lauded by one county supervisor for being "removed from the political machinations in the county" and was seen as a welcome breath of fresh air in a department that had been led for decades by politically connected lawmen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel
The Orange County Sheriff's Department will lay off one of its highest-ranking officers as well as 23 professional staff members this month as it grapples with a budget shortfall of more than $50 million. Among those who will lose their jobs is Assistant Sheriff Michael Hillmann, a four-decade veteran of the LAPD hired by Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens to help lead the department in the wake of corruption allegations against her predecessor. Hillmann, 64, ran into controversy early on when he was caught sending text messages mocking activists and board members during a Board of Supervisors meeting early last year on the department's gun permit policies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
The Orange County Sheriff's Department anticipates a possible $71-million budget shortfall next year as sales tax revenue continues to plummet, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens told the county board Tuesday. She said she has asked division heads to find ways to cut up to 20% in each of their sections. Hutchens made $20.5 million in cuts this year, including a 40% reduction in her command staff and 24 layoffs to sworn and non-sworn staff. Hutchens said the cuts to command staff prevented her from making cuts to front-line public safety resources such as investigators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2009 | My-Thuan Tran
When supervisors this week went to slice $1.2 billion from Orange County's budget for the coming fiscal year, they tried to spread the pain from one end of county government to the other. But the $28 million that is being cut from law enforcement will be impossible to hide, says Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. Hutchens said investigators will be lost, emergency call dispatchers eliminated, crime lab positions slashed and an entire floor of the women's jail sealed off.
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