Sheriff Jim McDonnell Announces New Fiscal Leadership
Jill Serrano
Assistant Sheriff, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Sheriff Jim McDonnell and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are pleased to announce that Jill Serrano, a veteran government finance official formerly serving the County of San Diego has accepted the position of Assistant Sheriff, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO) with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Jill Serrano brings to the LASD a wealth of experience that uniquely combines executive-level experience in local government and financial management with the complex mission of public safety and law enforcement.

“There are a lot of changes currently underway at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department,” stated Assistant Sheriff Jill Serrano, “This is an exciting opportunity to work with Sheriff Jim McDonnell and his team to capitalize on the current momentum, develop a strategic fiscal plan that establishes the department’s priorities, maximizes resources, focuses on filling our vacancies and recognizes what the nation’s largest sheriff’s department needs to ensure public safety.”

“From the start of my administration, my goal was to hire a Chief Financial Officer, someone with a fresh perspective and who brings creativity, efficiency and a wide range of professional skills that can help us build upon the great work underway at the LASD,” says, Sheriff Jim McDonnell, “Jill Serrano has a deep understanding of law enforcement, government and justice system operations.”

For the past twelve years, Assistant Sheriff Serrano was responsible for administering the fiscal and financial functions of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, including the development and monitoring of its $800 million dollar annual budget. Under Jill Serrano’s leadership, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department finished each of her twelve years serving as Chief Financial Officer within budget.

Assistant Sheriff Serrano started her career 28 years ago as a student worker at the San Diego County Probation Department and worked her way through various management and executive level positions in financial management, public safety, law enforcement and criminal justice system operations.  

She attended San Diego State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and received a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She has served as a lecturer in her alma mater’s School of Public Affairs, teaching both Public Administration and Criminal Justice, and is a member of the School’s Dean’s Task Force.  Assistant Sheriff Serrano is a mother, cyclist and an outdoor enthusiast who appreciates the educational opportunities of international travel, when time permits.