OCSD Sheriff Hutchens cuts Assistant Sheriff’s Jack Anderson & J.B. Davis

Jack Anderson

OCSD Sheriff Hutchens has made her final decision.

She has cut  Assistant Sheriff Jack Anderson and Assistant Sheriff  J. B. Davis from her Command Staff as part of her obligation to cut 28 million dollars from this years budget.

It was just a little over a year ago that Sandra Hutchens was the appointed Sheriff of Orange County. In creating her Command Staff she selected interim Sheriff Jack Anderson, who served over 20 years in the sheriff’s department, to head Administration with the title of Assistant Sheriff  responsible for the professional services command.

“Chief Anderson has worked in Jail Operations, Training, Community Programs, Patrol, Professional Standards, and Investigations at the Joint Drug Intelligence Group-High Intensity Drug Task Force. Most recently, he served as the Sheriff’s Operations Commander.” Source. Sheriff’s web site.

J.B. Davis, who served in OC for 27 years was the prior Capt of the Central Jail. He was elevated to Assistant Sheriff heading the investigative services command.

“Assistant Sheriff J.B. Davis has nearly 27 years of experience in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Most recently, Chief Davis served as the Captain of the Central Jail Complex Division. Prior assignments include serving as the Chief of Police Services for the City of San Juan Capistrano where he also served as the Director of the Sheriff’s Explorer Post and Commander of the Emergency Communications Bureau. Chief Davis has experience working investigations, jails, vice and narcotics detail.” Source. Sheriff’s web site.

In making her cuts, Sheriff Hutchens chose to retain Assistant Sheriff Michael Hillman, former Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief, who was hired to be part of her transition team, to head operations. One would expect that after a full year the transition should have been completed.  He will assume responsibility for field operations  and investigative services.

The effective date for this upper staff reduction is to occur sometime in Sept.

While it is commendable to cut from the top you still need to address the question of the original staffing needs and who will pick up the slack if you are to function as an effective public safety agency.


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