Lt. Roderick (Rod) A. Kusch was named in April to be the new operations lieutenant and harbormaster at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Marina del Rey Station at 13851 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.
Kusch replaces Lt. Greg Nelson, who was promoted and is now at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department headquarters in Monterey Park.
Kusch is second in command to Captain Mary Campbell at the Marina station and is responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of the station, including the processing of staff work completed by personnel.
As harbormaster, Kusch is responsible for general harbor operations and enforcement of marine laws.
Kusch was introduced by Campbell at the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce Marina Affairs Committee on Tuesday, May 1st, and Campbell said Kusch’s background was extremely strong in homicide.
Kusch briefly spoke to the meeting attendees, saying that he looked forward to bringing that knowledge and expertise to the Marina sheriff’s station and the community.
Kusch is in his 26th year of service with the sheriff’s department. His past managerial experience includes being assigned as a detective lieutenant, managing the department’s Internal Criminal Investigation Bureau (overseeing investigations of employees accused of criminal misconduct), and opening the La Mirada Community Sheriff’s Station while assigned as La Mirada’s service area lieutenant, according to his curriculum vitae.
He previously served nine years as a sergeant in three different divisions within the sheriff’s department and has vast investigative and administrative experience at the sheriff’s department Homicide Bureau, Internal Affairs Bureau and Special Investigations Bureau.
Kusch’s experience includes assignments as a lieutenant, a sergeant and deputy.
As a lieutenant, prior to his current duties, he served in the Leadership and Training Division (ICIB) and the Field Operations Region III, at the Norwalk Station.
Assignments as sergeant included Detective Division, Homicide Bureau, Professional Standards and Training Division (IAB) and Field Operations Region II at the Carson Station.
Kusch served as a deputy in the Detective Division, Homicide Bureau; Detective Division, Special Investigations Bureau; Field Operations Division West at the Lynwood Station, and Custody Division at the Biscailuz Center.
Kusch’s experience has included a former membership in the Thomas and Means, LLP, and International Association of Chiefs of Police instructors’ cadre; and the Managing Police Discipline Seminars regarding internal investigations/risk management, and managerial instruction regarding officer-involved shootings/investigations.
He also served as a former member of the sheriff’s department Advanced Officers’ Training instructors’ cadre, supervisory instruction for sergeants and lieutenants regarding officer-involved shootings, student training for patrol deputies regarding homicide investigations and detective education regarding gang homicide and crime scene investigations.
In addition to formerly serving as a career ethics/integrity facilitator, Kusch also trained newly assigned personnel ‘ Lynwood Station patrol and detectives (deputies), Carson Station sergeants, Internal Affairs Bureau sergeants ‘ and the Homicide Bureau deputies and sergeants.
Kusch also appeared on the A&E Network on five occasions where homicide case investigations were profiled on the ‘L.A. Detectives’ TV show.
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