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Sheriff Baca's top deputy retiring, search on for replacement

June 15, 2011 | 11:01 am

Waldie The second-in-command at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is retiring, officials said, and his successor will be named by Monday.

Undersheriff Larry Waldie, who has been with the department for more than 40 years, has been Sheriff Lee Baca’s chief aide since 2005.

Baca said Waldie, who has undergone several surgeries in the last year, was instructed by his doctor to retire, and turned in his papers to do so Tuesday.

The sheriff said he’d pick a replacement soon. Asked who was in the running, he said: “I have two assistant sheriffs; my decision will come Monday.”

While Waldie has been out in recent months, assistant sheriff Paul Tanaka has filled in. When both men have gone, Baca said assistant sheriff Marvin Cavanaugh has taken over.

Baca called the position one of “widespread power and widespread authority.” The undersheriff oversees much of the department’s day-to-day affairs, including addressing legislative and operational concerns, and monitoring budgetary and personnel matters.

“The undersheriff essentially has the day-to-day operational responsibility of the entire organization, essentially doing it on my behalf,” Baca said.

Baca released a statement Wednesday morning to department personnel announcing Waldie's retirement "with deep appreciation and love."

Baca described first crossing paths with Waldie in the 1970s, when the two worked as lieutenants at the sheriff's then "Lennox-Marina del Rey" station.

"He served and led during the most creative and effective period of the Sheriff's Department's history," Baca wrote. "I will miss his thoughtful and strong leadership."


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Photo: L.A. County Undersheriff Larry Waldie is retiring. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department