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A new era begins for L.A. County government

One of the most sweeping shifts in the modern history of Los Angeles County government arrived Monday when four newly elected officials were sworn into office, drawing thousands of jubilant supporters to the Hall of Administration. Taking their oaths on a day filled with pomp and policy were: First District Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and Assessor Jeffrey Prang.

Solis, former Secretary of Labor in the Obama Administration, is replacing Supervisor Gloria Molina, who had served on the board since 1991. Kuehl, a former state legislative leader, is taking over for Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who joined the board in 1994. Molina and Yaroslavsky are the first to leave the five-member panel due to voter-approved term limits.

McDonnell , the former chief of the Long Beach Police Department, is taking the helm from interim Sheriff John Scott. Scott was appointed to the position by the board after the retirement of longtime Sheriff Lee Baca, who left the department amid controversies over alleged brutality in the jails.

Assessor Jeffrey Prang is replacing John Noguez at the top of the agency, where he has been a longtime official. During the past year, Prang has played a key role in implementing reforms in the agency since the departure of his predecessor, who is awaiting trial on corruption charges.