|Sheriff||Period in Office|
|George T. Burrill||1850-1851|
|James R. Barton||1852-1855|
|David W. Alexander||1856|
|C. E. Hale*||1856|
|James R. Barton||1857|
|William C. Getman||1858|
|Tomas A. Sanchez||1860-1867|
|James F. Burns||1868-1871|
|William R. Rowland||1872-1875|
|David W. Alexander||1876-1877|
|H. M. Mitchell||1878-1879|
|William R. Rowland||1880-1882|
|Alvan T. Currier||1883-1884|
|George E. Gard||1885-1886|
|James C. Kays||1887-1888|
|Martin G. Aguirre||1889-1890|
|E. D. Gibson||1890-1892|
|John C. Cline||1893-1894|
|William A. Hammel||1899-1902|
|Will A. White||1903-1906|
|William A. Hammel||1907-1914|
|John C. Cline||1915-1921|
|William I. Traeger*||1921-1932|
|Eugene W. Biscailuz*||1932-1958|
|Peter J. Pitchess||1959-1982|
* Appointed to fill the unexpired term of the predecessor
The term of office for Los Angeles County Sheriff was one year until 1882, after which the term was expanded to two years. The sheriff's term of office was expanded to four years in 1894.
Sheriff George Burrill was elected to be the first Sheriff of Los Angeles County in 1850. He was born in 1810 in Rhode Island and arrived in California by way of Mexico. He was known to wear an infantry dress sword maintaining that it added to the dignity of his office.
In 1857, Sheriff James Barton became the first law enforcement officer to die in the performance of his duties in Los Angeles County when trying to capture a gang of bandits.
In 1858, Sheriff William Getman had served only seven days in office when he was killed in the performance of his duties.
Sheriff Tomas Sanchez (1860-1867) was the first native son to be elected Sheriff. He was born in Los Angeles when it was still Mexico.
Sheriff William Rowland (1872-1875; 1880-1882), was the youngest man to serve as Los Angeles County Sheriff at the age of 25. He was responsible for the capture of the bandit Tiburcio Vasquez. He was also able to purchase badges for his deputies, , The cost, however, could not exceed one dollar each according to the Board of Supervisors.
Sheriff George Gard (1885-1886) also served as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Sheriff John Cline (1893-1894; 1915-1921) was born in Australia. He was removed from the office of Sheriff in 1921 by vote of the county Board of Supervisors on charges of incompetence, pocketing county revenue, and over-spending.
Sheriff William A. Hammel (1899-1902; 1907-1914) also served as Chief of the LAPD.
Under Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz, the LASD became the largest Sheriff’s Department in the world. Sheriff held the record for longest consecutive service in the department, having become a deputy in 1907 and serving 51 years until his retirement in 1958.
In 1998, Sheriff Sherman Block died just days before voters were to decide upon his bid to be re-elected to a fourth term as Sheriff of Los Angeles County. Block's supporters were not dismayed and continued to campaign for the late Sheriff’s re-election. They hoped to deny a victory to Block’s opponent, Lee Baca. An election victory for a deceased candidate would place the appointment of a new Sheriff in the hands of the County Board of Supervisors. County Supervisors were not supportive of Baca's candidacy. Baca was considered an outsider to the county political establishment. Baca won the election, however, with more than 60 percent of the vote.
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