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Ex-state official to oversee LA County jail system

Posted: March 18, 2013 3:26 p.m.
Updated: March 18, 2013 3:26 p.m.

Baca, who has been under fire for jailhouse abuses, has picked Terri McDonald will oversee the nation's largest jail system, Paul Tanaka who resigned.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former California Department of Corrections official has been named assistant sheriff in charge of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Custody Division.

Sheriff Lee Baca announced Monday that Terri McDonald will oversee the nation's largest jail system, encompassing nine custody and correctional facilities, and more than 18,000 inmates.

McDonald takes over from 32-year veteran Paul Tanaka, the department's second-in-command who announced his resignation earlier this month. A sheriff's spokesman has said Tanaka's resignation is not related to a federal investigation into allegations of brutality toward jail inmates.

McDonald was with the Department of Corrections for 24 years and most recently held the position of undersecretary for operations.

Baca also introduced former Tuscaloosa County, Ala., Sheriff Ted Sexton as the new chief of the department's Homeland Security Division.

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