After a national search, Sharmaine Moseley was appointed as the Executive Director for the Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission in November 2023. Ms. Moseley has more than two decades of expertise managing and leading civilian oversight of law enforcement boards and commissions as well as building relationships with community members.
Ms. Moseley previously served almost nine years at the City of San Diego, first as the Executive Director of the Community Review Board on Police Practices, and then as Interim Executive Director of the newly chaptered Commission on Police Practices and Director of the Office of the Commission on Police Practices. An expert in police oversight and community relations, Ms. Moseley played an influential role as the San Diego Police Department implemented positive changes, such as ensuring motorists are timely informed of the reason for their contact; modifying procedures regarding citizen complaints, officer shootings, and in-custody deaths; and impacting other policies related to internal investigations, pursuits, use of force, money handling, and shooting at moving vehicles.
Ms. Moseley began her career in civilian oversight of law enforcement in Albany, New York where she was actively involved in the development and managing of the Citizens’ Police Review Board for several years. It was here that Ms. Moseley honed her strong leadership skills in the political and governmental areas, which contributed to her ability to help build consensus, promote transparency, and achieve credibility in police oversight within the community. Earlier in her career, Ms. Moseley served for several years as a Legislative Assistant in the New York State Assembly.
An active member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), Ms. Moseley serves on various committees, and she is a Certified Practitioner of Oversight. Ms. Moseley has participated as a guest speaker on numerous discussions relating to law enforcement and the community worldwide, and she continues to provide consultation to many government agencies and stakeholders creating oversight of law enforcement entities.
Ms. Moseley attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, where she earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Africana Studies. She is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
Executive Director of Center for Juvenile Law & Policy at Loyola Law School and former federal public defender, appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
In fall 2014, Sean Kennedy joined Loyola Law School as the Kaplan and Feldman Executive Director of its Center for Juvenile Law and Policy (CJLP).
Prior to this appointment, Kennedy was the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California from 2006 to 2014 and has also served as Chief of the Federal Public Defender Capital Habeas Unit.
As an adjunct professor for more than 15 years, Kennedy has taught Appellate Advocacy and the Death Penalty Law Seminar at the Law School. He has coached the Byrne Trial Advocacy Team – himself a member of the Scott Moot Court Honors Board as a student. Additionally, he serves on the board of Loyola’s Advocacy Institute.
In 2013, Kennedy was named Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Los Angeles County Bar Association and received the Fidler Institute Award for Defense Lawyer of the Year from Loyola. He is a recipient of the Public Interest Award by Loyola’s Public Interest Law Foundation. Prior to working in public defense, Kennedy was an associate at Talcott, Lightfoot, Vandevelde, Woehrle & Sadowsky, LLP, where he handled white collar criminal defense cases.
- BA, cum laude, Loyola Marymount University
- JD, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Jamon R. Hicks
Jamon R. Hicks is a Partner at Douglas / Hicks Law, APC in Los Angeles, California. He joined the firm as a name partner after spending four years as a Senior Associate with the Cochran Firm in Los Angeles, California. Jamon also worked for six years at the Law Offices of Carl E. Douglas in Los Angeles, California representing both plaintiffs and defendants, in both civil and criminal cases, in both state and federal courts. He is a trial lawyer extraordinaire.
Mr. Hicks’ civil litigation experience involves civil rights, wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, employment and police misconduct cases. He also has tried numerous felony and misdemeanor criminal cases to verdict including murder, driving under the influence, and drug and gun possession charges.
He has the unique experience of litigating both civil and criminal matters in federal and state courts. In 2020, he settled a wrongful death case for $5 million dollars arising out of a tragic car accident in Alameda, California. In 2019, he achieved a $1.5 million verdict with Engelman Law against a large residential management company for disability discrimination. In 2018, he achieved a $783,000 verdict for the Superintendent of El Monte Unified School District for retaliation. Prior to that verdict, he received a Not Guilty verdict in a Special Circumstances Murder trial. In 2015, he obtained a Not Guilty verdict in a high-profile case where he represented a celebrity esthetician charged with solicitation for murder. In 2018, he settled her civil matter for $275,000. In 2014, he successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In the same year, he was also co- counsel on a legal team that obtained a $8.0 million dollar wrongful death verdict against the Los Angeles Sheriffs’ Department. In 2012, he obtained a $1.3 million dollar wrongful death verdict in Long Beach Court. He prides himself on representing David against Goliath.
In addition to practicing law, Mr. Hicks was hired as the youngest member of the adjunct faculty at Loyola Law School as a Trial Advocacy Professor. He is also an adjunct professor at West Los Angeles Law School, where he teaches classes on Evidence. For four years, he coached Loyola’s #4 nationally ranked Byrne Trial Advocacy Team. He currently serves as a guest lecturer teaching trial skills to law and high school students.
Mr. Hicks also participates on and helps organize numerous panels on criminal law, professional development, and other issues relevant to the legal community at various Los Angeles area law schools and community organizations. He has also been quoted and profiled in numerous newspaper publications including LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Entertainment News, OC Register and Press enterprise.
Mr. Hicks serves on various professional, educational and community boards. In 2009, Mr. Hicks served as President for the John M. Langston Bar Association, where he was elected as the youngest president in the Association’s history. In 2012, he was elected as the youngest ever President of the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL). For his outstanding leadership and dedication, Mr. Hicks received the CABL’s President’s Award at the completion of his term. He is a member of Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Multi-Cultural Bar Association (MCBA), Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce (LAJCC) and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (KAY). He is also a member of the prestigious LA Chapter of 100 Black Men. Mr. Hicks was selected as National Bar Association and IMPACT’s Inaugural 2010 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40.
Irma Hagans Cooper
An experienced nurse with leadership skills in health care management with a excellence record in working with physician and health care providers in utilization management, increased efficiency of review processes, improved financial of unit by managing patient care to appropriate levels of care, and streamlining operations for non-profit and for-profit healthcare organizations.
A self-directed leader who adapts to a variety of health care delivery setting and applies a flexible management approach that meets the current demands of the health care environment. Expertise includes outstanding skills in utilization management for clinical operations, communication skills, and Health Care Regulations Federal and State.
- University of California, San Francisco: School of Nursing, California Master of Science, Clinical Specialist, Nursing Administration
- Sonoma State University: Bachelor of Science, Nursing
- University of California, Berkeley: Bachelor of Science, Public Health
- Merritt College: Associate of Science, Nursing with Honors
United States Army Reserve, Colonel Retired, Army Nurse Corp, Bronze Star Recipient, Graduated from Army War College and held three Commands including one in Iraq.
Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, appointed by Supervisor Kuehl.
Giggans was appointed to the Commission in December 2016 and has served on the Family Assistance and Communication and the Mental Evaluation Team Program Ad Hoc Committees. She has been the Executive Director of Peace Over Violence since 1985. She achieved a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Non-profit Management. A black belt in Karate and master self-defense trainer, she founded Karate Women, the first martial arts school in Southern California in 1976. Giggans also founded Denim Day, an international sexual violence prevention education campaign.
Giggans has held numerous statewide and national leadership and advisory positions in the sexual assault and domestic violence arena, including the California Domestic Violence Advisory Council, 1in6, The Trauma Resource Institute, the Center for Council and The Joyful Heart Foundation. She is the former President of The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault and founding Board member of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.
Giggans has received the California Peace Prize, and she is a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow, among numerous additional awards. She has co-authored What Parents Need to Know About Teen Dating Violence, 50 Ways to A Safer World, and When Dating Becomes Dangerous: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Relationship Abuse.
Luis S. Garcia
Dr. Luis S. Garcia is a Senior Program Manager at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP), a behavioral health consulting firm. He is also a registered associate clinical social worker, providing private-practice psychotherapy. His 20+-year career spans multiple sectors. He holds a steadfast commitment to addressing societal issues through a person-centered approach, including behavioral health access and the complex clinical needs of justice-involved populations.
He received his Ed.D. in educational leadership for social justice from Loyola Marymount University and M.S.W. from the University of Southern California. He earned his B.A. in theology from Loyola Marymount University.
Hon. Robert C. Bonner
Attorney and former U.S. Attorney and DEA Administrator, appointed by Supervisor Antonovich.
Robert C. Bonner is a former United States District Judge and a former United States Attorney for the Central District of California. He served on the seven-member Citizens Commission on Jail Violence (CCJV) that examined the use of unnecessary and excessive force within the Los Angeles County Jail System, and he is the former Chair of the California Commission on Judicial Performance. Aside from his public service, Bonner was a practicing lawyer in Los Angeles, engaged in both civil litigation and criminal defense.
Judge Bonner is currently engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and serves as both a neutral mediator and arbitrator of disputes. Judge Bonner is affiliated with Phillips ADR‘s distinguished panel of neutrals, is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Master Mediation Panel, and is a member of FedArb, a panel of former federal judges who function as arbitrators and mediators. Judge Bonner is a retired former partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Besides serving as a federal judge, Bonner’s government service includes heading several federal agencies, including his service as the Commissioner of U.S. Customs Service and, following the homeland security reorganization, as the first Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier in his career, Bonner was the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Judge Bonner is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a member of Caltech’s Board of Trustees and Chair of its Audit and Compliance Committee. He has served on several committees of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, including the CBP Integrity Advisory Panel that evaluated use of force, transparency and other issues.
Judge Bonner received his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
James P. Harris
Former Sheriff’s lieutenant, appointed by Supervisor Knabe.
A lifelong resident of Los Angeles County, Mr. Harris spent 35 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department working in variety of assignments in custody, courts, patrol, and administration. He retired in 2010 at the rank of lieutenant. He was staff to the Sheriff’s Department’s original Executive Force Review Committee.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Los Angeles and an Executive Masters in Leadership degree with a Certificate in Public Management from the University of Southern California. He attended the 215th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, as well as the Leadership Development Program at Cornell University.
Appointed by Supervisor Knabe and re-appointed by Supervisor Hahn, Mr. Harris is an original member of the Civilian Oversight Commission and serves on 8 of its ad hoc committees.
President of Progressive Victory.
Hans Johnson is President of Progressive Victory, a nationally renowned consultancy on advocacy strategy and good governance practices in the nonprofit sector.
Hans has worked extensively with foundations, labor unions, congregations, fair-housing and human-rights organizations in every U.S. state and D.C. His columns and commentary on civil and immigrant rights, environmental justice, LGBTQ equality, and government accountability can be read in leading daily news outlets throughout California and the country.
Hans has worked for more than 20 years with local advocates for non-violence in more than 20 states who track hate crimes and train public-safety officers and first responders in LGBTQ awareness, inclusion, and cultural competency.
During the Trump Administration, Hans was a leader in a nationwide coalition to fight implementation of the “Denial of Care” Rule, a sweeping federal regulation designed to allow first responders and health caregivers to withhold treatment selectively to Americans based on a religious objection to a medical treatment or a person’s identity. He also advised immigrant- and civil-rights organizations throughout California and in other states on data-security and crisis preparedness strategies to meet enhanced threats from hate groups and disinformation campaigns.
Starting in 2019 and through the COVID pandemic years of 2020 and 2021, Hans led a coalition of translators and interpreters in California in a successful push for state legislation to protect their independent contractor status and ability to provide expert, reliable, professional language service in all settings. Language access is a cornerstone of dignity and equality for all Californians, including the more than 20 percent of residents who have limited English proficiency or who are deaf or hard of hearing.
In October 2020, Hans catalogued abuses by the L.A. County Sheriff and his deputies in a complaint to then California Attorney General Xavier Becerra that resulted in the launch of a state investigation into violations of civil rights and civil liberties by Sheriff Alex Villanueva and the Sheriff’s Department.
Hans is fluent in Spanish and earned his BA at the College of Wooster in Ohio, where he created an endowed scholarship devoted to LGBTQ inclusion. With his partner of 18 years Luis López, Hans lives in Eagle Rock.