John A. Sherman
Deputy Chief John A.
Sherman is the Commanding Officer of Operations-Valley
Bureau, which encompasses the San Fernando Valley and is the
largest bureau in the City of Los Angeles. Chief Sherman was born
and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He attended Cleveland High
School and California State University Northridge (CSUN). While
attending CSUN, he was a Police Student Worker with the Los Angeles
Police Department (LAPD). Prior to becoming a sworn officer, he
served four years active duty in the United States Marine Corps.
Chief Sherman is a second-generation Los Angeles Police Officer;
his father, Glen Sherman, retired as a Lieutenant in 1980.
In 1985, Chief Sherman joined the LAPD and worked as a Patrol
Officer in the Rampart, Devonshire, and Hollywood Areas. In 1990,
he was promoted to Sergeant; and in 1997, he was promoted to
Lieutenant. On April 8, 2001, he was promoted to the rank of
Captain, and was the Commanding Officer of the Devonshire
Operations Support Division, Devonshire Patrol Division, the
Assistant Commanding Officer of Rampart Area, and the Commanding
Officer of West Valley Area.
In November 2007, Captain Sherman was named the Area Commanding
Officer of the soon-to-be 21st Area of the Los Angeles Police
Department, Topanga Area. During 2008, Commander Sherman headed up
the transition team for Topanga Area and helped identify the
personnel, create the command, and mobilize the community for the
LAPD's newest Area command. On January 4, 2009, Topanga Area opened
its doors and began operations.
In October 2010, Chief Sherman was appointed as a Commander and was
assigned to Operations-Central Bureau as the Assistant Commanding
Officer. In this role, he had the responsibility to oversee all
policing efforts in the greater downtown area. As a Commander,
Chief Sherman also worked as the Assistant to the Director in the
Office of Special Operations and as the Assistant to the Director
in the Office of Operations.
Chief Sherman earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management
from the University of Phoenix in 1994. Chief Sherman has been
married for 36 years and has three adult children. He enjoys
traveling, camping and spending time with his three