- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A losing candidate for Los Angeles County sheriff has been demoted.

The Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/1pLNX7Q ) says James Hellmold was notified a day after Tuesday’s election that he’d been demoted from assistant sheriff to chief of countywide services.

It means he’s no longer in charge of patrol units and detectives.

Interim Sheriff John Scott says Hellmold was promoted too quickly and will benefit from gaining operational experience in a lower rank.

Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida says the demotion has nothing to do with politics.

Hellmold says he’s proud of the department and happy to serve in any capacity.

Hellmold came in fourth in the election. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell and current undersheriff Paul Tanaka face a runoff.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com


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