LA County Supervisors Expected to Set Ballot Measure Allowing Sheriff Removal

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to give final approval Tuesday to plans for a November ballot measure that would give the panel authority to remove a publicly elected sheriff from office for cause.

On a 4-1 vote, with Supervisor Kathryn Barger dissenting, the board last week gave preliminary approval to an ordinance placing the measure on the Nov. 8 ballot. It requires one more board vote Tuesday, and it is expected to be approved by the same margin.

If approved by voters in November, the measure would give the board the power to remove a sheriff “for cause” on a four-fifths vote of the five-member panel. “Cause” is defined as “a violation of any law related to the performance of their duties as sheriff; flagrant or repeated neglect of duties; a misappropriation of public funds or property; willful falsification of a relevant official statement or document; or obstruction of any investigation into the conduct of the sheriff by the Inspector General, Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission, or any government agency with jurisdiction to conduct such an investigation.”

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