Sherman Block

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Sherman Block
Born (1924-07-19)July 19, 1924
Chicago, Illinois
Died October 28, 1998(1998-10-28) (aged 74)
Los Angeles, California
Police career
Department Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Years of service 1956–1998
Rank Sheriff

Sherman Block (July 19, 1924 – October 29, 1998) was the 29th Sheriff of Los Angeles County, California from January 1982 until his death. He was preceded by Peter Pitchess and succeeded by Lee Baca.

Block grew up in Chicago and served in the Army in World War II. He majored in engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He moved to Los Angeles and joined the Sheriff's Department in 1956, becoming the first deputy in the department to work his way through every rank to the top.

During his tenure he became the highest paid elected official in the United States.

He died during his campaign for re-election, which he was expected to win. He still obtained about one third of the vote, as Lee Baca's opponents wanted the County Supervisors to appoint his successor. Block's death broke the tradition of the incumbent Sheriff selecting his successor.


Government offices
Preceded by
Peter J. Pitchess
Los Angeles County Sheriff
Succeeded by
Lee Baca