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Sheriff’s Captain in Cerritos Abruptly Transferred to Lakewood  

Lakewood Captain also transferred, many inside question the move, call it political payback by Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers.

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In a questionable move, Captain Keith Swensson was moved to Lakewood after only recently getting promoted to Cerritos.

By Brian Hews

Cerritos Sheriff’s Captain Keith Swensson has been reassigned to the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station, Hews Media Group-Community Newspapers can confirm.  The move has raised eyebrows inside the politically unstable law enforcement agency that has been rocked by turmoil over the past several months.

Swensson will begin his new assignment as Captain in Lakewood beginning this coming Sunday.

William Cicchillo, who oversaw the Los Angeles County Reserve Forces Bureau will replace Swensson as the new Captain of the Cerritos Station.

Nicole Nishida, a spokesperson for Acting Sheriff John Scott told HMG-CN on Tuesday afternoon “Bill Cicchillo will be the Captain of Cerritos and Keith Swensson will be the Captain of Lakewood.”

Noshida said there have been numerous personnel movement within the Sheriff’s Department.

“The Sheriff has been committed to implementing reforms and changes since he took the interim Sheriff position. There have been continuing initiatives to improve and enhance the overall performance of the Department. The Sheriff is a big proponent of Good to Great principles. He believes that the right people should be on the right bus in the right seat. He will continue to evaluate and assess the structure and personnel for the greater good of the Department,” Nishida said.

HMG-CN also learned that Lakewood Captain Merrill Ladenheim has been transferred from his slot at the Lakewood Station to a new assignment in the Major Crimes Unit for the LASD.

Ladienheim recently made internal waves inside the LASD when Sheriff candidate Paul Tanaka sent out an email to members of the media announcing that the popular Lakewood Sheriff Captain was publicly supporting his campaign for Sheriff.

Sources tell HMG-CN that current Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers, who is the current Mayor of Lakewood was outraged over Ladenheim’s public endorsement of Tanaka, and that Rogers may have had a hand in having Swensson moved into the Lakewood slot.

Ladenheim, in his endorsement of Tanaka over Rogers in the June Primary election, told media members in an email: “Make no mistake about it; no one likes to be called on the carpet and held accountable for affairs that they have not been attentive to.  Myself included!  But that’s what it took to clean-up the streets and rid this County of people who take great pleasure preying on others.  Oftentimes being a remarkable leader can be a lonely job; easy to make plenty of enemies along the way because you stuck to your ideals, and expected the same from others.”

Ladenheim never made direct reference to Rogers in the email.

Rogers finished sixth in a seven candidate race to replace retired Sheriff Lee Baca.

Baca abruptly left office after the US Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicted nearly two dozen Sheriff personnel members in a massive corruption probe that has generated national and international media attention.

Rogers, a one time ally and supporter of Baca’s, quickly attempted to distance himself from Baca during the heated campaign. Rogers only received six percent of the total vote.

Swensson will now oversee the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station that contracts for law enforcement services with the cities of Hawaiian Gardens, Artesia, Bellflower, Paramount and Lakewood.

Swensson began his career with the Sheriff’s Department in 1987. After graduating from the Sheriff’s Training Academy, his assignments included the Men’s Central Jail, Lakewood Sheriff’s Station, Recruit Training Bureau and the Office of the Undersheriff as the Department’s Lobbyist in Sacramento and Washington, DC.

Swensson also has worked at the Lakewood Station in the past when we was a former sergeant and also worked in the Technical Services Division and as a Chief’s Aide.

In 2005, Swensson was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station,  Communications and Fleet Management Bureau and was Executive Aide for the Assistant Sheriff.

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  1. buddy george Reply

    January 22, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Dear Leroy Baca January 21 2016
    I’ve been trying to get ahold of you just to touch bases with you its obvious I kept my end of it sure I took the deal to help the federal bureau of investigations and you would be amazed of what I syphoned out of that sentence with the sole intentions of integrity to help the federal bureau of investigations prevail as a fed that’s what we do sure nice little camping trip that what military and everyone else does its about perception with multiple hats with being about to understand human behavior with code language and knowledge I went in as a loaded gun and I’m glad I’m not about greed I done all of it 100 % for free not a penny was given to me as everyone else whines and snivels about stuff it takes bravery if it’s about money keep it bath your selves I’m it the part I don’t like is the lies and the tarnish of my reputation
    Where your deputy wanted to discredit me nice try for the rest of my life my eyes are peeled and I sure in the hell know what it looks like it takes a act if ignorance to play deputy Neil with la mirada I’m way ahead of the entire big picture I’m talking about over one hundred trillion dollars worth of information for free that’s priceless
    I’m writing a documentary on it I sure in the hell have the entire story to fill I’m the blanks I’m with the federal bureau of investigations 100 % with any issue they have regardless of what ever it is we have alot In common with issues I’m 100 % against corruption I’m not in favor of lies I came out the winner I created a test for communication and it’s obvious I’m not shy and I’m not with that BS either you know where I stand on issues by heart I fully understand from your perspective of why you do and don’t do certain things like the back of my hands I asked Neil contact the federal bureau of investigations fbi director Robert Mueller for a reason I was on my own investigations and I was onto the sinolia drug cartel and here comes deputy Neil dumb as a box of rocks for Cheri ives with for a very prejudice city with Christina abanese district attorney and the mayor regardless they are caught with their pants down I wrote to president Barack Obama with 900 names pluss tons of information and said watch the sheriff’s department will cash in on the information I left behind and when I get our I’m going to write the city of la mirada and district attorney Christina abanese is going to write Laurie and say is he using drugs I sent Christina abanese live ammunition a complete list 100 % with accuracy and with that information entailed in it was thar message I told president Barack Obama if I’m meant to be a fbi agent god will make this happen for me and I predicted everything and you know what everything I forecasted happened you know why it’s god given talents remember that word PROVEN I’m sure you do honestly I gave a damn about public saftey and the arresting officer didn’t the words were never to be touched and someone pulled a political card you know what I turned over enough to prove law enforcements into criminals with president Barack Obama remember the news lawenforcements are the problem he meant it between the federal bureau of investigations and The Barack Obama administration and the CIA theirs alot of intel and it’s the largest Gun In the world not a phony pony show real guns real live ammunition and I’m with them 100 % on any issues they stand for I my self believe in everything they stand for hell let me read the mission statements let me be a CIA operative I know I would never bring tarnish to my badge neither would I for our country it’s united we stand in the United States of america remember that .

    Sincerely and respectfully submitted
    Buddy george
    2018 w Woodcrest ave
    Fullerton California 92833

    LEROY BACA SHERIFF  1,21,2016
    The following deserves your attention I signed a life time contract with you and held my end of the deal with tarnish and shine ethics with samepage with core values what the hell happened with la mirada contracted deputy Neil obviously he’s not about the core he’s about tarnish and not shine what makes no damn sense I thought for sure you had my back I know for a fact if you would have had contact with the federal bureau of investigations it would have never have had happened I literally took a deal to prevent tarnish to Robert Mueller fbi director out of respect for his high trusted position unlike alot of people that can care less about the CIA I’m a big fan of david Petraeus and John Brennan and I’m sure in the hell not with all that corruption I’m not a criminal and sure in the don’t think like one hell let me be a CIA operative that works with community relations that deals with the lawenforcements and chains of commands I would iron that out real quick they would be no two sides of the fence being played by any law enforcements and their wouldn’t be any need for it either I wrote to you about Neil and I wrote to Robert Mueller fbi director about Neil as well and no cared about what it is I was onto hell you mise well have just gave El chapa the keys to the jail the problem is everyone plays know it all not a care in the world for public saftey it’s like everyone is either money Hungary or blood thirsty with not a care in the world for tax payers either
    Mise well just be one organized crime ring that just loves lies right under your noses they done it was it worth it for that political pony show with Los Angeles county superior court with judge Espinoza and Sgt Neil who is a proven perjury case with that police report with favoritism that stems with Cheri ives and Lynette O’Brien and the la mirada district attorney Christina abanese and Ann harkinson and Susan Hill with that faulty unwise judgement that still has the harassment going with probation DPO TOM BYRD Out of Neil carelessness and lack of regard for federalism he made a decision for the federal bureau of investigations and now la mirada is playing victim with probation and the probation stipulations are not to contact the following
    1)the city of la mirada
    2)Fullerton Police Department
    3) la habra police department
    4)California rehabilitation center Norco state prison
    Do these people know and understand it was my communication with the federal bureau of investigations that took alot of stuff off the streets I done it online so how Is that no matter what deputy Neil prevented that communication all the training in the world and it’s a vigorous liars match  out of prejudice for the federal bureau of investigations and yet they still are trying to stand by those guns here’s my guns with the federal bureau of investigations,
    1)Nick casper sendis
    2)Roger rogelio sendis
    3)baller tapia
    4)big john la habra
    5)quinn
    6)350 phone contacts up to the line of sinolia drug cartel to Robert Mueller fbi director
    7) Atleast 3 firearms trafficking cases
    8)45 million dollars
    9)22 tons of Marijuana 
    10) $750,000
    11)over 600 pounds of methamphetamine
    12)over 300 kilos of cocain
    13)180 counts of frauds
    14) over a million dollars with the Roger rogelio sendis and roman
    15)Pandoras box with leroy Baca
    This is just a glimpse of the truth as a federal man that helped the federal bureau of investigations

    Sincerely and respectfully submitted
    Buddy george
    2018 w Woodcrest ave
    Fullerton California 92833

  2. Cerritos Resident Reply

    June 28, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Why didn’t we (Cerritos) get Captain Ladenheim? The deputies and community rave about his leadership, yet the LA Sheriff plays politics when it comes to our city’s needs. I can’t wait until McDonnel take office, maybe then we can keep good leaders as Captains. Good luck Captain Ladenheim and THANK YOU for serving Lakewood station with the citizens best interest in mind. You were a great Chief of Police! Good luck and hope to see you back soon!!!!

    • M c m a h o n Reply

      June 28, 2014 at 11:19 am

      If either Lakewood or Cerritos Sheriff are that good, why do we have to pay extra $294K annually, for 2nd air helicopter, when we get (ONE) Sheriffs helicopter free as part of the contract?

      Why does Cerritos and Lakewood argue over the redundant Cerritos over Night Parking Ordinance, which impacts E Lakewood, as Cerritos residents dump cars in to Lakewood streets?

      For years, Cerritos Post Office has had burglaries and theft; plus abandoning of stolen cars, brought in from Riverside county after hrs. Cerritos Sheriff doesn’t even keep records of these crimes. Prob. both Cerritos and Lakewood, rate crimes, as not to SPOOK the Chinese residents. Now we suffer, as the 90703 USPO is closed after hrs and Sunday.

      Race card is being played in to our policing too. Tired of not spooking the chinese nor asian remarks by our counsel and managers-directors.

      Cost:
      $300K per Sheriff car / annually
      $1M per Sheriff employee / 24/7 annually

      Cerritos and Lakewood should combine budgets and create there own police.

      Sheriff captains make $300K annually. Way to much money. These incomes are only inflating our economy and depleting the citys’ budget.

  3. Council of Thieves Reply

    June 18, 2014 at 1:34 am

    The problem is with your city council. They contract the sheriff’s department. It’s up to the council to spell out their needs in the contract.

    My guess is the filthy dirt you see in your city hall parking lot has less to do with the RV Bus and more to do with city hall itself.

  4. M c M a h o n Reply

    June 17, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    6/17/2014

    Memo to story:

    Unknown if he was good or bad.

    Keith sure never went to any neighborhood block parties, nor supported Coffee and Joe at starbucks. My opine, he was ghost for Mgmt. Will credit, the SD response time has improved when called.

    Very non-professional to have SD: ( cars/ buses) all over the following, as looks city is bathed in $$$ for SD this/that, looks like war zone:
    • Spring Festival.
    • Halloween Haunt.

    If he was such talented Mgr, why does he allow the deputies patrol units to talk on their personal cell phones while driving, kind of double standards per Calif. Driving Codes!

    My Personal reaction, never returned a phone call and his secretary was too old to be executive public servant to him & or our community. Was directly told, he had some issues with a local district attorney, by DA Office; along with management from Monterey Park.

    Think it is odd, he would want to work in a city he grew up in, potential conflict of interest; plus he has 2 homes in Palos Verdes Penn.; a long commute, to really do justice to the job.

    After talking with many of his deputies at Starbucks, many deputies stated he was on an ego trip.

    Look back, there was a conflict of interest brewing between the Lakewood / and the Cerritos station, as they had two brothers working the same Sheriff’s Department; plus one of the bros. was also mayor for Yorba Linda.

    Good or bad, my point of view, could lead to potential conflict of interest between departments and cities. Keep elected politicians away from being government employees. Many deputies told me, bros spent allot of time for city council work and billed to sheriffs department, inwhich the taxpayers had to finance. Heard this from both LW/Cer SD.

    Cerritos residents, look at the budget, why does this city need 2 Sheriff Mgr, making over $600K, plus costly community safety div, which again cost nearly $1M to operate, plus the costly overnight parking permit ordinance which cost <$.5M to run yrly.

    Recent interview w/ LKWD CC, mayor still upset, how Cerritos residents dump their over night parked cars in LW/ELW, just so Cerritos can afford the luxury of $$$$ Overnight Parking Ordinance. I know La Palma, Bellflower ditto this. Don’s see Keith did anything to improve relationships between cities.

    Shame, shame, shame, SD bus, parked on the City Hall Parking lot is rotting away, filthy dirty and real pink elephant adj to the N side of the sculpture garden. $300K mobile command center RV Bus is just filthy and non professional. Keith, you sure did not raise the standards for SD, with this dirty RV, in plain view of the city hall?

    Budget review- approval, June 26, 2014.

    http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2014/06/17/cerritos-sheriff-captain-abruptly-transferred-to-lakewood/

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