This from the ADDA:
"As prosecutors who work within the criminal justice system, we interact closely with the Sheriff's Department," said Marc Debbaudt, President of the ADDA. "We are confident that Chief McDonnell will provide the integrity, strength, and leadership needed to bring transparency and honor to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. We are delighted to throw our support behind his candidacy in this critical race."
The ADDA also referenced Jim McDonnell’s long record of law enforcement accomplishments and exemplary career in public service. Under his leadership as the current Chief of Police for the City of Long Beach violent crime has hit an all-time low.
"I am honored to have received the endorsement of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys,” Jim McDonnell said in response to the news. "A positive partnership between LA County prosecutors and the Sheriff’s Department is integral to community safety and the development of smart justice approaches. This collaborative leadership will enable the LASD to implement the highest standards of constitutional policing that residents deserve."
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Just as regular Dragnet readers may have been surprised yesterday to find the Dragnet disagreeing with the Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise, readers may similarly be surprised today to find the Dragnet agreeing with the ADDA.
The ADDA's decision to endorse McDonnell for Sheriff is a bold one and likely a testament to newly elected ADDA President Marc Debbaudt's leadership. Gone, it seems, are the days of hand wringing indecision and sheer stupidity that was the hallmark of the Steve Ipsen era.
The ADDA has made the right choice in endorsing McDonnell. Few would deny that a change in leadership is desperately needed at the Sheriff's Dept., and the choice of an outsider to bring a new style of leadership clearly has appeal to voters. But McDonnell is more than just a mere outsider. He has a depth of experience in law enforcement, and real leadership experience in bringing change to troubled police departments; McDonnell was LAPD Chief Bill Bratton's second in command as Bratton fought to reform the LAPD in the wake of woefully ineffective leadership.
McDonnell narrowly missed being appointed LAPD Chief when Bratton retired in 2009, and perhaps that was a blessing in disguise as he is now free to run for Sheriff. McDonnell has amassed an impressive list of endorsements including those of District Attorney Jackie Lacey, and former DAs Steve Cooley, Gil Garcetti, Robert H. Philibosian and John Van de Kamp.
As the June 3, 2014 primary election draws closer, it seems that McDonnell's campaign continues to maintain the momentum it started with, while that of his chief opponent, Paul Tanaka the former second in command at Sheriff's Dept. is stalled. McDonnell recently garnered the endorsement of the Los Angeles Daily News, and the Los Angeles Times shortly thereafter.
For all the right reasons, the Dragnet joins the long line of those who believe Jim McDonnell is the right choice for LA's next Sheriff.