The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to ask voters for the power to remove a sitting sheriff, a move prompted by anger over Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s performance and resistance to oversight.
The vote was 4-1, with Supervisor Kathryn Barger opposing the idea. She has said allowing the board to remove a sheriff would be “diluting the voice of the voters.”
Supervisors take a second vote on the proposal next week, which is mostly a formality. After that, it will go voters to decide on the same November ballot where they will also vote on the next sheriff. Villanueva faces former Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna in a November runoff.