Jim McDonnell

Jim McDonnell is the former Los Angeles County Sheriff. As Sheriff, Jim was the elected leader and CEO of one of America’s largest law enforcement organizations, overseeing a budget of $3.4 billion and 18,000 employees. Jim now shares his experience as a keynote speaker, panelist and expert with audiences worldwide.

Jim is the first person to serve in senior executive leadership positions in the three largest policing agencies in Los Angeles County: the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). During his tenure, all three agencies saw a reduction in crime and improved police-community relations. Beginning his career with the LAPD, McDonnell served there for 29 years and held every rank up to First Assistant Chief of Police. He worked a wide variety of assignments, including homicide, gangs, organized crime, vice, and patrol operations.