John A. Franklin

John A. Franklin
Commander (retired)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
36 years of service and experience


Curriculum Vitae


Bachelor of Arts, California State University - Long Beach, California - 1974

Associate of Arts, Cypress Junior College - Cypress, California - 1970

Employment History

Commander (Retired)
2007 – 2009

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Correctional Services Division

Inmate Reception Center - Staffed with 800 sworn and civilian personnel, this facility books approximately 200,000 inmates per year and is responsible for the classification and housing of inmates and for the release of approximately 450 inmates per day back into the community.

Medical Services Bureau – Staffed with approximately 1,700 employees of various job descriptions, the unit is responsible for the administration of all medicine and patient care for 20,000 inmates.

Food Services Unit - $35 million budget and 250 budgeted positions. The unit is responsible for the purchase, preparation, and delivery of meals to the county jail population. This unit serves over 88,000 meals each day and meets standards mandated by the California Board of Corrections and the Los Angeles County Health Department regarding the nutritional content and quality of the food served and cleanliness of the food service operation.

Inmate Services Unit - The unit maintains and manages the Inmate Welfare Fund (IWF), a $40 million account designed to provide services to inmates including academic education, vocational education, library, veterans programs, spousal abuse programs, anti-drug programs, AIDS and HIV programs, anti-violence and life skills. This unit also handles the coordination of clergy and volunteer services in the county jail system.

Custody Automation Program - The development of several complex Custody and Correctional Services Divisions automation projects in coordination with Data Systems Bureau, and liaison with various contractors. Projects include:

  • Jail Health Information System (JHIS): a $21 million contract to develop an electronic medical record for jail medical and mental health operations.
  • Jail Information Management System (JIMS): a $50 million project to develop inmate trust accounting systems, inmate medical co-pay systems, agency billing systems, inmate classification systems, inmate property and clothing management systems, case tracking systems, interface with vendors for commissary and electronic transfer of funds, incident and inmate discipline tracking, inmate movement management systems, Live-scan Interface (electronic fingerprinting), automated warrant checks, and public access jail information.

2003 - 2007

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau

Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau - Responsible for all Sheriff Baca’s media events, special events, International Liaison, Photography Unit, and film and media events including movie filming permits. Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau is also responsible for the yearly Sheriff’s Memorial which honors our fallen deputy sheriffs and all officers in the county of Los Angeles. The event attendance is in excess of 2,000 people. I was also responsible for the yearly Medal of Valor ceremonies; attendance to this event exceeded 800 people. The Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau also advises the Department executives of all major incidents that happen involving our personnel and is the information source for the Department.

2001 – 2003

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Custody Division

Twin Towers Correctional Facility – Staffed by 800 employees, both sworn and civilian. This facility houses approximately 5,300 inmates including all the female inmates in the county jail system, as well as all the male mental observation inmates. The command also includes the Los Angeles County USC Hospital jail ward and the Department’s own 200-bed jail hospital facility, the Medical Services Building. Twin Towers was and remains the largest mental health facility in the nation.

1998 – 2001

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

  • Personnel & Training Division
  • Field Operations Region II – Lomita Station/Carson Station
  • Custody Division – Sybil Brand Institute/Twin Towers Correctional Facility

1986 – 1998

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

  • Pre-Employment/Background Investigations
  • Court Services Division/Court Services West
  • Field Operations Region I - Lakewood Station
  • Custody Division - Men’s Central Jail

Deputy Sheriff
1972 – 1986

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

  • Office of the Undersheriff – Special Investigations
  • Administrative Division – Pre-Employment/Background
  • Field Operations Region II – Lomita Station
  • Custody Division – Men’s Central Jail
  • Sheriff’s Academy – Deputy Sheriff Trainee


Executive Force Review Committee – 2008
Executive Performance Review - 2008
Middle Management School for Lieutenants - 1998
Field Operations School - 1990
Hazardous Material/Watch Commander’s School - 1990
Supervisor Management School - 1987
Sergeant’s Supervisory School - 1986
Officer Survival (C.S.T.I.) - 1979
Advanced P.O.S.T. Certificate - 1978
Teacher Training, Class D Teaching Credential - 1977
Patrol School - 1976


LASD Inmate Welfare Commission (Commissioner)
Elks Lodge, San Pedro Chapter
Parents With Hearts (for parents who have children with heart defects)
Professional Peace Officers Association
Sheriffs’ Relief Association
American Jail Association
American Correctional Association