Supervisor Janet Nguyen explains why she chose Sandra Hutchens to be the new Sheriff

Supervisor Janet Nguyen

I just received an email from Supervisor Janet Nguyen explaining why she chose Sandra Hutchens to replace disgraced former Sheriff Mike Carona. This has been a topic of much speculation. I hope this information clears up the misunderstandings that Supervisor Nguyen’s detractors have been broadcasting throughout the blogosphere. Here are Supervisor Nguyen’s thoughts:

This was one of the most difficult decisions that I’’ve made since being in office. Both Chief Paul Walters and Chief Sandra Hutchens are highly qualified for the position. However, in Chief Hutchens, we have a uniquely qualified individual who, from being out of the County, can give our department a fresh eye in dealing with the issues that we have, yet she lives in Orange County, so she is familiar with law enforcements needs and the public perceptions of law enforcement, and the OCSD in particular, in Orange County.

As someone who has risen through the many functions in a county sheriff’s department including having worked as a jailer for many years, Chief Hutchens is intimately familiar with the workings of and demands on such a department. The county jail system and the operation of such a system is different from the way a city jail is run, so we need someone who is familiar in running a county system.

Since the county sheriff’s department serves more of a regional law enforcement function, it is important that we have someone who is familiar in that role, especially in the context of Homeland Security and the need for multi-agency coordination in a post 9/11 world.

As someone who has extensive experience representing the Deputies and as part of a Command Team, Chief Hutchens is well equipped to lead the OCSD. In addition, with 29 years of experience in dealing with contracted cities where at one point she oversaw 40 contracted cities, Chief Hutchens has the requisite experience to serve her different constituencies in South County.

I believe that Sandra Hutchens will prove to be a stellar Sheriff. The decision has been made; we, as a county, can move forward much more effectively if we focus on the work that needs to get done and assist Sheriff Hutchens in any way we can.

In related news, the Bolsavik blog interviewed Supervisor Nguyen today and revealed that Assemblyman Van Tran called her to congratulate her on her recent reelection.  Classy move.  Apparently Dina Nguyen and Hoa Van Tran have yet to call her.  Not surprising.  Read the Bolsavik story by clicking here.

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