Independent Consultant Hired by LASD

Saddled with a $40 million budget deficit and skyrocketing overtime costs, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is now turning to an independent consultant to help it get back on track.

The Board of Supervisors has voted to hire a new recruiting and retention firm to analyze some of the problems facing the department. These include 1,100 vacancies which have contributed to excessive overtime hours being worked by current employees. The department is also staring down rising benefit and litigation costs that threaten its fiscal health.

“We owe it to the nation, and our employees, to fund the nation’s largest sheriff’s department,” said LASD Sheriff Jim McDonnell. “In some of our areas, our budget hasn’t grown, yet costs continue to rise. We’ve reached a fiscal tipping point.”

The independent consultant will report back to the Board in 90 days.

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