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AREA SHERIFF'S CHIEF ANXIOUS TO MEET BACA.

Byline: Patricia Farrell Aidem Daily News Staff Writer

Despite the lack of confidence in Lee Baca from rank-and-file sheriff's deputies, Santa Clarita's law enforcement chief said Thursday that he is eager to meet with the sheriff-elect.

``They haven't called yet. My understanding is he's going to meet with all the captains in the next few weeks,'' said Santa Clarita Capt. Don Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was especially gratified that one of Baca's first decisions was to promote Chief Paul Myron to undersheriff, his second-in-command. Myron's territory as chief covered the North County.

``Paul Myron is currently my boss,'' Rodriguez said. ``He's an outstanding leader. I've really enjoyed working for him.''

Support for Baca, Los Angeles County's first Latino sheriff, was lacking last week when his predecessor, Sherman Block, died and Baca remained the only viable candidate on the ballot. Still Los Angeles leaders urged a vote for Block so the Board of Supervisors could appoint the next sheriff rather than work with Baca. And a straw poll of sheriff's deputies showed little support for Baca.

Rodriguez said it's time to move forward.

``I have never worked directly for him, but I have had contacts with him throughout my career,'' he said. ``He's a very good man, he's well educated, he has a Ph.D. in public administration. You don't become a division chief unless you show outstanding management and leadership abilities.

Rodriguez said his first concern for the Santa Clarita station is to fill five vacant sergeant posts.

``I don't think there will be major changes right away,'' he said. ``Lee will do some evaluating, discuss concerns and issues with leaders in the department. What I'd like to get is a couple more sergeants.''
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