Eli Vera

The Best Choice for L.A. County Sheriff

About Eli Vera for L.A. County Sheriff

Eli Vera is a 33 year veteran in law enforcement and is running for LA County Sheriff to bring accountability, end corruption, and bring forward a new vision of public safety.

Early Life
In 1968, Chief Vera was born to a single Cuban mother, who fled Communism and sought refuge in the heart of Los Angeles—where she worked 2-3 jobs at any given time and raised him in the same home for 21 years. It is from her selfless dedication that the roots of his work ethic and servitude were first embedded. Immediately following high school graduation, at 17-years old, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a Presidential Honor Guard. Finally, in 1988, at the age of 21, Chief Vera’s career with the Sheriff’s Department began in 1988.
Chief Vera graduated from Union Institute and University with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management.
Career Path
After graduating from the Sheriff’s Training Academy as a Deputy Sheriff, he was assigned to the Men’s Central Jail.
  • In 1992, he transferred to Lynwood Station and later to Century Station, where he worked as a patrol deputy, as well as a field training officer.
  • In 2001, he promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to Lennox Station patrol and the Crime Impact Teams at both Lennox and Compton Stations.
  • In 2006, Chief Vera was assigned to the Office of the Sheriff.
  • In 2008, he was promoted to Lieutenant during which time he was assigned to Century Station as a watch commander and the Special Enforcement Bureau, as a Canine Services Lieutenant and a Special Weapons Team Commander.
  • In 2013 he was promoted to Captain, during which time he served as unit commander of South Los Angeles Sheriff’sStation, Reserve Forces Bureau, and Communications/Fleet Management Bureau.
  • In 2018, he was promoted to Commander at which time he assumed the Acting Chief position overseeing Central Patrol Division.
  • In 2019, he was permanently promoted to the rank of Division Chief and remained at Central Patrol Division until transferred to his current assignment.
Awards and Accolades

Throughout his career, Chief Vera has accumulated more than 100 different accolades, from various community organizations/leaders, elected officials, multiple Sheriffs, and peers recognizing his dedication to the citizens of Los Angeles County. The distinctions include three separate instances in which he went above and beyond the scope of his duties, and saved the life of a member of the community. These serve as a testament to his character, fortitude, and continued devotion to placing the community at the forefront of his work.

Personal Life
Chief Vera has been married to his wife, retired Los Angeles County Sergeant Liza Vera, for over 31 years. Together they have raised four children—one of whom was ultimately adopted as a result of a call for service while he was assigned to Lennox Sheriff’s Station. In his spare time, Chief Vera enjoys spending time with his family, participating in church events, and partnering with charitable organizations, in order to help those less fortunate.
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