Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement after learning of the passing today of former Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens:
“With deep sadness I learned of the passing of my friend, Sheriff Hutchens, who was an incredible public servant of the highest ethical standard. She was a trailblazer who worked hard to restore trust to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department during a tough period in its history. She faced challenges and controversy with a fortitude and grace that left a lasting legacy.
“Sheriff Hutchens and I worked closely on many public safety issues during her tenure. She was always respectful when there was an area of disagreement. I deeply appreciated her commitment to public safety and her love for Orange County. My condolences are with her loved ones during this difficult time.”