Leroy David "Lee" Baca (born May 27, 1942) is the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, California.
Baca was elected Los Angeles County's 30th Sheriff against his mentor Sherman Block, who had died in office days prior to the election but remained on the ballot. He was sworn in on December 7, 1998.
He was re-elected to a fourth term in 2010. He has been criticized for proposing a half-percent sales tax increase in 2004 to hire more deputy sheriffs, placing friends on the payroll, taking of gifts and for releasing inmates from the Los Angeles County Jail.
Baca's mother was born in Michoacan, Mexico, brought to the U.S. illegally when she was a baby, and worked in the U.S. as a seamstress. Lee Baca was born in East Los Angeles and graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School, located at the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, in 1960 and later from East Los Angeles College. In 1964, Baca joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
On August 23, 1965, Baca was sworn in as a deputy sheriff trainee of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Baca began his career in street patrol, custody, and recruitment and was a staff instructor at the Sheriff's Academy. In 1981, Baca became captain...
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