Newly elected as the next sheriff of Los Angeles County, Robert Luna on Friday, Nov. 18, announced the leaders he has appointed to his transition team.
Luna’s term as sheriff will begin Dec. 5, following voters’ decision to oust incumbent Sheriff Alex Villanueva after a single term. Before the former chief of police in Long Beach takes on his new role, Luna said his transition team in Los Angeles will assist in preparing the department for the leadership change.
The team will be co-chaired by Richard Conant, Eileen Decker and Eric Parra, it was announced at a news conference Friday afternoon in East Los Angeles.
Conant was most recently deputy chief of the Long Beach Police Department while Luna was chief. He retired in 2019, after serving 29 years in the department, where he worked in patrol, gang enforcement, homicide, S.W.A.T., directed enforcement, internal affairs, and as chief of staff to the chief of police.
Decker is vice president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, for which she previously served as president. She is also a lecturer in law at USC Gould School of Law, and previously served as the U.S. attorney for the Central District of California and as Los Angeles deputy mayor for public safety and homeland security.
Parra is chief of the Huntington Beach Police Department. Previously, he served as chief of police in Alhambra. He served in the sheriff’s department for 31 years, and his last assignment was to manage six patrol stations, 12 contract cities and 31 unincorporated areas.
5 comments for "Sheriff-elect Robert Luna announces transition team"
WILL ONE OF HIS FIRST OFFICIAL ACTS AS OUR NEW LA COUNTY SHERIFF LUNA BE..?
ACTING AT THE BECK OF THE FIVE SILLY WIMENS CURRENTLY SERVING ON THE
LA COUNTY BOARD D OF SUPERVISORS…
WILL IT BE TO CANCEL ALL THE CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMITS ISSUED BY
WHAT THE SHERIFF CAN ISSUE…
HE CAN ALSO TAKE AWAY..!
I hope that Sheriff-elect Luna brings back former chief of the LASD and Commander Eli Vera back into the fold. The new Sheriff is not familiar with the department. Previous Sheriff McDonnell spent four years learning about the department and then was defeated for re-election. Sheriff-elect Luna could let Vera manage the nuts and bolts of the LASD and he could issue policies. In addition, the Sheriff-elect is going to be consumed by repairing relationships with the LASD that Sheriff Alex seems to have broken. The Sheriff-elect has great people skills.
Tim Scott says
I don’t trust Vera. He looks like another Baca acolyte that only got in the race as a backup in case Villanueva couldn’t keep hold of the job. It’s the same thing as Lancaster politics; “the people are onto us and want reform, so we’ll give them a ‘reform candidate’ that they don’t know is in our pocket.”
Eli Vera is in no one’s pocket. He had the support of many elected officials in Los Angeles County. He knows the department. Sheriff-elect Luna is going to be busy mending fences and he will need someone who knows the LASD to mind the store while he is doing business.
He’s a trans too?