Alex Villanueva Bio, Age, Education, Wife, Kids, Sheriff Los Angeles County California


Alex Villanueva Biography

Alex Villanueva is an American law enforcement officer serving as the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County in 2018; the first challenger to unseat an incumbent in more than a century, a 34-year veteran of the Department, Sheriff Villanueva commands the largest Sheriff’s Department in the United States, with nearly 18,000 budgeted sworn and professional staff.

Alex Villanueva Age

Alex was born in 1963, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Alex Villanueva Height

He stand at a height of 5 feet and 7 inches.

Alex Villanueva Education

Alex earned an associate degree in Liberal Arts from San Bernardino Valley College in 1986 and a Bachelor of Liberal Studies from the University of the State of New York, Regents College. He continued and earned a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge and a Doctorate of Public Administration from University of La Verne.

He is a firm believer in education and a profile in perseverance. He continued studies while on active duty in the Air Force and also burned the midnight oil while working patrol.

Alex Villanueva Nationality

Alex is an American National

Alex Villanueva Parents

Villanueva was born to his mother, Mary Ann, the daughter of Polish immigrants and his father, Victor, was born and raised in Puerto Rico. The family ran a small print shop in a close-knit and safe community.

Alex Villanueva Siblings

Villanueva has five sisters and five brothers

Alex Villanueva Wife

Alex is married to his wife Vivian. He met the love of his life, Vivian, in 1993, while working in East Los Angeles. Always wishing to return to the rural lifestyle he enjoyed in his youth, Alex and Vivian eventually settled in La Habra Heights in 2004. where they live to this day.

Alex Villanueva Children

Alex and his wife Vivian are the proud parents of Jared, a US Army and Iraq War veteran, and he was blessed with two granddaughters, Chrissy and Sophia.

Alex Villanueva Sheriff Los Angeles County California

Villanueva is the Los Angeles County Sheriff in California. He assumed office in 2018. His current term ends in 2022. He is running for re-election for Los Angeles County Sheriff in California. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 8, 2022. He advanced from the primary on June 7, 2022.

Alex served in the United States military for 10 years. After graduating from high school in Puerto Rico, Villanueva served in the United States Air Force and California Air National Guard from 1983 to 1985. He was stationed at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California and March Air Force Base in Riverside, California.

Alex secured a $35 million in funding in September 2020 from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to implement a body-worn camera program across the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Though the LASD was one of the first law enforcement agencies in the nation to test body-worn camera technology.

Villanueva removed the captain of East Los Angeles Sheriff Station and transferred 36 deputies away from the station. Ultimately, 22 deputies were suspended for misconduct and four were terminated. Despite this, reports have surfaced from organizations like the RAND Corporation that deputy gangs persist, documenting at least four groups in the Sheriff’s Department that still remain active as of 2021.

Alex promised to end the “pipeline to deportation” built upon the sheriff’s department’s cooperation and financial ties with federal immigration authorities. In August 2018, Villanueva instituted a permanent moratorium on transferring undocumented immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Villanueva initiated reform efforts which have significantly improved morale within the organization and community engagement outside the organization. One such effort was solving the problem of recruitment and retention, an issue which the last three office holders failed. Under Sheriff Villanueva’s watch, hiring has more than doubled in comparison to previous years. He has dedicated his time to increased civic trust and engagement by holding town halls to personally address unique issues that affect specific communities within Los Angeles County, and beyond.

Villanueva committed efforts to achieve complete public transparency by placing all allowable departmental information on-line (, were recently commended by the Los Angeles County Civilian Oversight Commission. By removing ICE from the county jail system he has restored public confidence in the Department. As a result, violent and property crimes have fallen drastically. He has redirected resources to tackle the tough problems; Mental Health and Homeless Services teams have expanded to meet the increased need of the people of Los Angeles.

Alex has worn many hats over the years: airman, soldier, Non-Commissioned Officer, Commissioned Officer, teacher’s aide, tutor, drill instructor, adjunct professor, founding president of an organization devoted to fighting corruption, patrol deputy, training officer, field supervisor, watch commander, and the first person to raise awareness of the pay to play schemes of the Baca/Tanaka administration.

Alex Villanueva Career at LASD

-Custody, Century Regional Detention Facility.
-Patrol Deputy, East LA.
-Drill Instructor at the Sheriff’s Academy Training Bureau.
-California Army National Guard, Lieutenant (2nd Battalion, 144th Field Artillery Regiment, 40th Infantry Division).
-Sergeant, Lennox and Carson Sheriff Stations, the Community College Bureau, and the Advanced Officer Training unit.
-Watch Commander at the Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Station
-From 2006-2010, Alex was an Adjunct Professor of criminal justice at California State University, Long Beach.

Alex Villanueva Salary

His estimated annual salary is approximately USD 122,000

Alex Villanueva Net Worth

Villanueva net worth is estimated to be USD 3 million.

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