Interview with LA County Interim Sheriff John Scott

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Orange County Sheriff’s Department Undersheriff
John Scott

Orange County’s Undersheriff John Scott will replace Lee Baca, who retires from office Thursday amid an FBI probe into corruption and allegations of abuse in the jails. Before moving to Orange County, Scott spent 36 years in the department he’s about to lead. He’ll serve until June–if one candidate gets a majority in the primary election–or until November if there’s a runoff. Warren talked to Sheriff Scott about how he’ll restore dignity to a department plagued by scandal.

“The department has been through a series of allegations of corruption and misconduct and that has a way of demoralizing a group of people that aren’t really involved in the activity,” said Scott. “So there is a huge need to restore the dignity and respect, but also folks that are doing a great job need to be acknowledged for just that.”