His spokesman said the sheriff, who announced earlier this week that he was stepping down, is planning on becoming a reserve deputy for the agency -- volunteering to patrol the county in a sheriff's black-and-white.
At the news conference where he announced his retirement, Baca told reporters the title he was most proud of during his nearly five decades with the department was deputy sheriff, not sheriff. If Baca ends up becoming a reserve, his spokesman said, he is expected to serve in its most advanced designation, allowing him to patrol alone and make arrests.
(The work can be exciting: Two years ago, a sheriff's reserve deputy was the first to spot the Hollywood arson suspect being pursued by hundreds of law enforcement officers around the area.)
Baca, facing a string of scandals in his agency, announced Tuesday his plans to retire as sheriff, saying that stepping down would help the rank-and-file recover after several years of tumult and criticism.