(dailynews.com) Echoing his campaign promises, Los Angeles County Sheriff-elect Alex Villanueva said Wednesday that he will move to replace most of the agency’s top command staff on “day one.”

The retired sheriff’s lieutenant who beat incumbent Sheriff Jim McDonnell in a major electoral upset said he plans on ousting the current undersheriff — the agency’s second-in-command — all four assistant sheriffs and about eight division chiefs.

“I said I was going to clean house and I meant it so we’re starting with that,”  Villaneuva told the Southern California News Group in a phone interview.

Retired Sheriff’s Cmdr. Ray Leyva will replace the current undersheriff. Retired Sheriff’s Cmdr. Robert Olmsted, Industry Sheriff’s Station Capt. Tim Murakami and Sheriff’s Lt. LaJuana Haselrig are slated to become the new assistant sheriffs.

The position of Assistant Sheriff, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, which was created by McDonnell, will not be filled since it’s “another level of bureaucracy” that is not needed, he said. The agency will revert to having only three assistant sheriffs, he said.

“The expertise we need to reform the department is leadership, ethical decision-making and service to the community,” Villanueva said. “That’s a skill set these people do not possess.”

In addition, two constitutional policing advisors — positions created by McDonnell — will no longer advise the sheriff and their posts will be transferred elsewhere in the county, Villanueva said. Their tasks included providing the sheriff with independent advice and counsel based on relevant law, facts, data and information to enhance internal accountability while ensuring the department complied with constitutional policing.

That announcement has drawn concern from some civil rights advocates, who say these advisors are key in helping to usher in reforms.

But Villanueva said there still will be people who will provide that advice in some capacity, and suggested it could occur through the agency’s soon-to-be-created “truth and reconciliation process.” That will involve a committee that will review “wrongful convictions and wrongful terminations” of deputies.

Danny Leserman, a spokesman for Villanueva, said these roughly 15 people being ousted from the top is just the beginning.

“There’s going to be more,” he said.

Villanueva said he also plans on ousting a couple of non-sworn “political appointments,” including a strategic communications director.

Carol Lin, who is losing that post, said Wednesday that she will soon be working with Sachi A. Hamai, the county’s chief executive, “in a role yet to be defined.”

Patti Giggans, chair of the Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission, said it’s the incoming sheriff’s prerogative to put the people he wants in place.

But she hoped they will recognize the progress the department has made with the commission toward helping the families of those killed by deputies and the expansion of mental health evaluation teams.

“I’m hoping there’s some kind of transition so that new people understand the work of the (commission), our oversight role and honor all the recommendations we have made,” she said.