Incoming Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said Wednesday that the 28-year department veteran will serve as his interim sheriff, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the sheriff’s department’s history.
April Tardy is currently the Director of Central Patrol for the department.
Luna also announced that Jason Skeen, now commander of the Human Resources Command, will serve as interim Chief of Staff, who is also a 28-year division veteran.
Both appointments will be considered provisional during the transition to Luna’s office beginning Monday. An inauguration is scheduled for Saturday.
“These talented and experienced law enforcement leaders share my vision of an effective, compassionate and constitutional sheriff’s department,” Luna said in a statement. I look forward to working with them from the 5th.
As Deputy Sheriff, Tardy becomes the division’s second-in-command.
“I am honored that incoming sheriff Luna has trusted me as her assistant sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department,” Tardy said in a statement.
“The incoming Sheriff, Luna, will lead this department in a new direction. As Deputy Sheriff, I look forward to helping him improve public safety and trust in this department. I have dedicated my career to making the world safer and serving with integrity, and I am extremely proud to serve as the highest-ranking woman in the history of the LA County Sheriff’s Department.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Skene manages the Sheriff’s Office and serves as a Senior Advisor.
“I am confident that working for Luna, Sheriff-Elect, will help us move forward to reduce crime, modernize the sector, and rebuild important relationships in our community.