Jim McDonnel Endorsed by L.A. County Interim Sheriff John Scott

Los Angeles County Sheriff candidate Jim McDonnel has received a public show of support from the man currently heading the beleaguered department. Interim Sheriff John Scott endorsed McDonnel Wednesday, saying the Long Beach Police Chief is the best man for the job.

“I have every confidence that Jim will make an outstanding sheriff of Los Angeles County,” Scott said. “He is the right person, at the right time, to take the leadership role and re-build this department.”

McDonnel proudly welcomed the endorsement, citing Scott’s history of bringing stability during troubled times.

“I look forward to ushering in a new era at LASD, continuing to move the department beyond past problems and restoring the trust of the community,” he added.

McDonnell will face off against retired L.A. County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka on Tuesday. McDonnel—an outsider with no ties to the department’s troubled past—is widely considered to be the favorite in the race.

Read more about the endorsement and the race for L.A. County Sheriff here.