Several members of the Civilian Oversight Commission for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have called on Sheriff Alex Villanueva to resign, citing his tense relationship with the Board of Supervisors and claiming he has resisted oversight of the department.

The move marks an escalation in the increasingly tense relationship between the sheriff and his overseers, who have complained about his department’s lack of transparency and clashed over policing reform measures.

“It is with great reluctance that I call on Sheriff Villanueva to resign,” said Commissioner Robert Bonner during the commission’s public meeting Thursday. “The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deserves better and so do the people of Los Angeles County.”

Bonner is a former federal prosecutor, a former U.S. District Court judge and, under George H.W. Bush, led the Drug Enforcement Administration and was the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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