CARSON — Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has promoted a second African-American deputy to lead a station that primarily serves Black and Latino residents. Capt. Damon A. Jones has been selected to lead the Carson Sheriff’s Station as of Jan. 24.
“Captain Jones comes to his new position with strong relationships and great knowledge of the community,” said a city of Carson press release.
Jones has worked in various areas of the Sheriff’s Department including the newly created Superspreader Task Force. He also served as a sergeant at the Carson station giving him critical knowledge of the area.
“Safety and security are the most important service that government must provide to residents. I, along with every member of the City Council, welcome Captain Damon Jones to spearhead the Carson Sheriff’s Station and look forward to working with him to keep our community safe,” said Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes.
Jones is a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a former deputy and sergeant at the Carson station. He will now lead the station that also serves the unincorporated communities of Harbor City, Harbor Gateway and East Rancho Dominguez.
Jones becomes the fifth African-American deputy to currently lead one of the department’s 23 substations.
Sheriff Villanueva previously promoted Capt. LaTonya Clark, to lead the Compton Sheriff’s Station, in early 2020. She is the second Black woman to lead the Compton station since the 2003 appointment of Lieutenant Diane Walker under former Sheriff Lee Baca.
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