In the wake of Orange County’s sheriff resigning to fight federal corruption charges and after embarrassing revelations about jail deputies’ conduct, the man now running the department has pledged to be a reformer who will restore integrity, reports the Los Angeles Times. But as he seeks approval from county supervisors to complete Michael S. Carona’s term, acting Sheriff Jack Anderson faces a major obstacle: his ties to Carona.
Anderson is a 21-year department veteran promoted by Carona from captain to assistant sheriff, making him part of the former sheriff’s command staff. When Carona resigned in January, he made a series of eleventh-hour personnel moves that enabled Anderson to assume the top job. The acting sheriff also serves on the Central and Executive Committees of the Orange County Republican Party, a powerful force in local politics, and is close to some of the same political consultants who advised Carona. Nearly 50 candidates applied to replace Carona. They have been winnowed to nine, and supervisors will conduct public interviews of the top prospects May 27 before making a final decision in early June.