Local Sheriff’s Station Gets New Captain, Interim Leader to Retire

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has named an officer at its East Los Angeles station to take over as captain at the Crescenta Valley station, whose deputies serve La Cañada Flintridge.
Todd Deeds will start his new duties on Sunday, said Lt. Mark Slater, interim captain at Crescenta Valley. Slater held the post after the previous captain, Chris Blasnek, received a promotion several months ago and moved to an office in downtown Los Angeles.
According to the website for the Covina-based Children’s Advocacy Center, where Deeds has served as a board member, he was hired by the Sheriff’s Department in 1990. (The center is a nonprofit organization that provides services to children who have experienced or witnessed child abuse.) Deeds graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a bachelor’s degree in general studies, has worked a variety of assignments for the department over the years and is currently assigned to the Special Victims Bureau as a team lieutenant, according to the website. The bureau investigates the sexual and physical abuse of children and sexual assaults that are felonies involving adult victims, the department said.
The new captain will ride in the Fiesta Days Parade on Monday, said Pat Anderson, president and CEO of the LCF Chamber of Commerce.
Meanwhile, Slater will step down sometime this year. He plans to help Deeds move into his new role and determine his own plans afterward.
“I am retiring because I think 33½ years is enough and my kids are all adults so it is the perfect time for my wife and I to enjoy retirement,” Slater said in an email. “I am happy for Capt. Deeds but I have not really worked with him during my career. I hear good things about him, so I know the station will be in good hands.”
Slater said he has enjoyed working at the Crescenta Valley station, where he spent two years as a lieutenant and eight years as a sergeant.
“Crescenta Valley Station is a good station and I always enjoyed the supportive community, and even though I do not live in the area, I often frequent it in my off-duty time,” Slater said. “I will miss both the station personnel and the community members whom I have worked with over my career. However, I am looking forward to retirement and my wife and I plan to travel, camp in our RV and play golf.”

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