See the update at the end of this post on the statement the sheriff released this evening.
ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 26, 1:34 P.M.: Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens is battling breast cancer but expects to stay on the job, she will announce at a press conference this afternoon.
In a memo to staff last week, the county's top cop revealed the cancer "is contained and curable" and that she expects some "constraints" while performing her sworn duties.
Before reporters gathered in the Brad Gates Building in Santa Ana, Hutchens will reveal her medical condition was recently diagnosed, according to a statement from her office, which does not divulge the condition.
Hutchens, a resident of Dana Point, left retirement from a distinguished career at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to accept a 2008 interim appointment at the OCSD after then-Sheriff Mike Carona was arrested by the FBI and IRS for corruption.
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She won the post outright in a 2010 election against challengers Bill Hunt, an ex-San Clemente police chief and private investigator, and Craig Hunter, then a deputy chief of police in Anaheim.
UPDATE, NOV. 26, 5:18 P.M.: The Orange County Sheriff's Department released the following statement this evening:
Sheriff Hutchens: "I Have Breast Cancer"
SANTA ANA, California (November 26, 2012)- Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced today that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
"On November 9, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer was caught early and is curable. It will require a treatment program and a few constraints with some of the activities I regularly handle over the next 6-8 months," said Sheriff Hutchens.
"At the end of that time, I will be back to my usual self. I will stay fully engaged with my duties and responsibilities as Sheriff-Coroner of Orange County and I plan to run for a second term in 2014.
"As always, it is an honor to serve as your Sheriff and I thank you all for your continued support."