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Todd Rogers, Assistant Sheriff to LASD Sheriff Lee Baca, and candidate for Sheriff describes his tenure as Assistant Sheriff and called it an “awesome responsibility” to be trusted by Sheriff Lee Baca with complete authority over 17,000 members, training, the budget, and the academy for over 14 months. Rogers acknowledges that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors held back funds because of their dislike of Baca and that Rogers met with them to obtain an additional $40 million for the budget. Rogers describes himself as the “antithesis” of Under-Sheriff Paul Tanaka and said that when Baca promoted him, he told him he needed someone trusted and respected inside and outside the department. Rogers reveals that he would expand the concealed carry law, but would be judicious about his choices. He discusses campaign funding by powerful business interests leading to favors owed, which he opposes.
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