LBPD Chief Robert Luna, who is retiring from the department this year, made it official Wednesday that he is running to replace Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
Villanueva has clashed repeatedly with the Board of Supervisors regarding a number of oversight issues. The board voted to explore ways to remove him from office in November 2020 before later backing off.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell, former Long Beach Police Department chief, conceded defeat after updated election results showed his opponent, retired sheriff Lt. Alex Villanueva with enough votes to win.
In anticipation of Chief Jim McDonnell leaving the Long Beach Police Department should he be elected as LA County Sheriff, the city has begun the thought process of selecting his replacement.
Current Long Beach Police Chief and Los Angeles County Sheriff contender Jim McDonnell has scored the endorsement of the Peace Officers Research Organization of California.
The Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association has endorsed current Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell for sheriff.