MPA 1973, Doctor of Public Administration 1993
Sheriff, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Leroy D. Baca commands the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), the largest sheriff’s department in the United States and law enforcement provider to 41 incorporated cities, 90 unincorporated communities, nine community colleges, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and the Rapid Rail Transit District.
Under his leadership, the LASD oversees the nation’s largest local jail system, which houses over 20,000 prisoners. Baca also serves as Director of the Homeland Security-Mutual Aid for California Region I, which includes Los Angeles and Orange Counties and serves 13 million people.
Throughout his career in public service, Baca has worked to address drug addiction, domestic violence, homelessness, gangs, illiteracy, and the quality of life in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. He also manages four non-profit athletic league centers that provide after-school programs involving academics, sports, and cultural arts for at-risk youth.
A strong advocate of education, Sheriff Baca developed the LASD University, a consortium of colleges and universities whose mission is to provide Sheriff’s Department employees with accessible, multi-varied learning programs that enhance personal and professional growth. Lee Baca first entered the Sheriff’s Department in August of 1965. He earned his Master (1973) and Doctor (1993) of Public Administration degrees from the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, and he is a life member of Phi Kappa Phi. He is retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserves.