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The Mission

The Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission’s goal is to facilitate public transparency and accountability with respect to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The Commission provides ongoing analysis and oversight of the Department’s policies, practices and procedures and they advise the Board, the Sheriff’s Department and the public. The Commission strives to perform its duties in thorough, impartial, and transparent manner that promotes credibility, and enhances trust and respect. The Commission welcomes community involvement and provides for opportunities for robust community engagement.

The Commission

In its November 1, 2016 action, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed nine commissioners to serve on the panel and approved hiring an executive director, attorney Brian K. Williams. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Supervisor Hilda L. Solis authored the December 2014 motion that started the process that led to the commission’s creation. The commissioners include community and faith leaders, a retired Sheriff’s lieutenant, and attorneys with a broad range of experience—from former prosecutors and public defenders to professors and executives from legal non-profit organizations. They are:

  • Patti Giggans, Commission Chair, Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, appointed by Supervisor Kuehl
  • Priscilla Ocen, Commission Vice Chair, Loyola Law School Associate Professor, appointed by the Board of Supervisors
  • Robert C. Bonner, attorney and former U.S. Attorney and DEA Administrator, appointed by Supervisor Antonovich
  • JP Harris, former Sheriff’s lieutenant, appointed by Supervisor Knabe
  • Sean Kennedy, executive director of Center for Juvenile Law & Policy at Loyola Law School and former federal public defender, appointed by the Board of Supervisors
  • Lael Rubin, former Deputy District Attorney, appointed by the Board of Supervisors
  • Xavier Thompson, President of Baptist Ministers’ Conference and Senior Pastor of the Southern Saint Paul Church, appointed by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas
  • Casimiro U. Tolentino, former Administrative Law Judge for the State of California, appointed by the Board of Supervisors
  • Hernán Vera, attorney and former president and CEO of Public Counsel, appointed by Supervisor Solis