John Scott (sheriff)

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John L. Scott
Awards Distinguished Service Award "36 Years of Dedicated Service"
Exemplary Service Award "Threat Assessment Program"
Meritorious Service Award "Member of Budget Review Committee"
Letter of Commendation "Life Saving Award of a Fellow Deputy"
Police career
Department Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Country  United States of America
Allegiance County of Los Angeles
Years of service 2008-present
Rank Interim sheriff (2014)
Undersheriff (2008-present)
Division Chief (2002-2005)
Area Commander (2001-2002)
Captain (1995-2001)
Lieutenant (1984-1995)
Sergeant (1974-1984)
Deputy sheriff (1969-1974)

John L. Scott is an American law enforcement official who was serving as the interim Sheriff of Los Angeles County, California from January 30, 2014 to December 01, 2014. Scott was appointed L.A. County's 31st sheriff by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors when his predecessor resigned before the end of his elected term.

Early life and education[edit]

Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Redlands University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Communications from Pepperdine University.


Scott joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in January 1969. As a deputy, he patrolled the Lakewood Station area. In 1974, he was promoted to Sergeant and held assignments at Firestone Station, the Special Enforcement Bureau and the Emergency Operations Bureau. Following his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in 1984, Commander Scott took assignments at Men’s Central Jail, Carson Station, Field Operations Region II Headquarters, the Office of Emergency Management, Employee Relations, and was the Executive Aide to the Assistant Sheriff. In 1995, he took command of Carson Station following his promotion to Captain. In June 2001, he held the rank of Acting Commander, leading the Custody Operations Division, North Facilities. In June 2005, he retired from the Sheriff's Department. In 2008, he came back from retirement and was appointed Undersheriff for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Personal life[edit]

Scott is married to Alice Scott, who is a retired Captain with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Scott has four adult children. 2 with current wife Alice Scott (Benjamin, and Wesley) and 2 with previous wife Elaine Scott (John (aka JD) and Michael). When Scott is off duty, he enjoys skiing, traveling, reading, and various family activities. And he has been a collector of antique vehicles all his life. Specifically the 1957 Chevy Bel Air.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Lee Baca
Los Angeles County Sheriff
Succeeded by
Jim McDonnell