The photo above shows Sheriff Theo Lacy's family and a few others standing outside the old Orange County Jail. The "footprint" of the jail can be found today in the parking lot behind the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana. I'm guessing this photo was probably taken around 1899. (The inset photo is a close-up detail from the same image. Click to embigulate.)
Today, the Orange County Board of Supervisors appointed Sandra Hutchens as Orange County's 12th sheriff. This is the first time our sheriff has been appointed (rather than elected), as well as the first time we've had a woman as sheriff.
The Board's voting procedure was unusual too. The Register's Peggy Lowe wrote:
"In an odd move, [Supervisor Janet] Nguyen asked for a vote on paper, perhaps as a way to pose a secret ballot. But county lawyers stepped in and said secret ballots are forbidden. So the supervisors wrote their choices on a slip of paper, the clerk placed those in a coffee cup, and they were then read aloud. "
.I also received this background information from a local historian friend:
"Until 1975, when Jim Musick retired undefeated, every Orange County Sheriff... was defeated at the polls. In 1974, Sheriff Musick's endorsed choice for Sheriff, Brad Gates, was elected and served until he voluntarily stepped aside in 1998, when Mike Carona bested Paul Walters to become Sheriff. When Carona resigned, he became the first Orange County Sheriff not to serve out his term."
.For a list of past O.C. Sheriffs, follow this link to the Orange County Archives website.