The POST Commission

The POST Commission forms a balanced group of city and county administrators, law enforcement professionals, educators, and public members. The Governor appoints 15 of the Commissioners, with the advice and consent of the Senate, for three-year overlapping terms. The Attorney General is an ex-officio member and serves as the 16th POST Commissioner.

The Commission meets three times a year to establish standards, regulations, and to give direction to POST staff. Commissioners serve without pay, but are reimbursed for their expenses for attending meetings. All Commission meetings are open to the public.

Joyce Dudley
District Attorney, Santa Barbara County 


Joyce Dudley began her career in the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office in 1990.  She was elected District Attorney in 2010.  Joyce joined the District Attorney’s office after obtaining two Masters Degrees in Education and having a successful career as an Educational Administrator.  Joyce has prosecuted well over one thousand cases and received numerous awards for her outstanding performance and volunteer activities from law enforcement and community organizations.  Since becoming District Attorney, she has implemented significant organizational changes as well as created programs and criminal task forces including Arson, Anti-Animal Abuse, Human Trafficking, while expanding the Vulnerable Victims, Gang, and White Collar Units.  Joyce has also added a Canine Companion program, a Truancy Program, and a misdemeanor diversion program.

Educator, Humboldt State University


Rick Braziel was a member of the Sacramento Police Department for over 33 years including 5 years as Chief.  He consults and instructs in Teambuilding, Communications Skills, Community Policing, and Leadership.  Rick is an Executive Fellow at the Police Foundation.  He was the lead investigator in the review of the police response to Christopher Dorner.  He was part of a team reviewing the riots in Ferguson Missouri and the St. Louis County Police Collaborative Reform Initiative.  Rick also completed a review of the Stockton Police response to the Bank of the West robbery and hostage taking.  Rick is co-author of the book, Cop Talk: Essential Communication Skills for Community Policing.

Sergeant, Sacramento Police Department


Lai Lai Bui is a sergeant with the Sacramento Police Department, assigned to the Patrol Division. She has served as a narcotics investigator, gang investigator, patrol officer, and problem-oriented police officer. She is also a POST instructor and is certified in Integrated Narcotics Training.
COMMISSIONER  Thomas Chaplin
Chief, Walnut Creek Police Department


Thomas Chaplin became the tenth Chief of Police of the Walnut Creek Police Department in 2013.  He began his career with the Sacramento Police Department in 1989 and worked for the California Department of Justice from 2001 to 2006.  In 2006, he joined the Citrus Heights Police Department as a member of the start-up team.  He is on the California Police Chiefs Association Board of Directors and co-chairs the Training Committee. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Studies, and a Master’s degree in Emergency Services Administration, from California State University, Long Beach.  He is a graduate of the CA POST Command College and has published an article in the Journal of California Law Enforcement entitled; Cybercriminals have Passed Law Enforcement By.  Let’s Catch Back Up!

Mayor, City of Colton


Richard DeLaRosa has served as a Council Member for the City of Colton from 1998 to 2010 and was elected Mayor November 2014. He is a retired Correctional Peace Officer serving 27 years with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  He served on the CRC Chapter Board for CCPOA and Honor Guard. As Mayor he represents the City of Colton at the local, regional and state level by serving on numerous local County Boards, Commissions and Committees.

Sheriff, Marin County


Robert T. Doyle has served as sheriff of Marin County since 1996. He joined the Marin County Sheriff’s Department in 1969 and served as undersheriff from 1989 to 1996. He is past president of the California State Sheriffs’ Association and chairman of the Legislative Committee.
Kathleen Kenealy
Acting Attorney General, Department of Justice

 Sandra Hutchens
 Sheriff - Coroner, Orange County


Sandra Hutchens was sworn in as the 12th Sheriff-Coroner for Orange County in June of 2008. She began her law enforcement career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1976. Professional affiliations include membership in the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, where she serves as vice-president, the National Sheriffs’ Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Orange County Chiefs’ of Police and Sheriff’s Association. Sheriff Hutchens serves as a board member for the California State Sheriffs’ Association and the Orange County Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership. In 2012, she was appointed to the POST Commission by Governor Jerry Brown. Sheriff Hutchens has completed leadership training at the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute, and attended the National Leadership Initiative Course at Harvard University. In addition, the Sheriff serves on the Board of Directors for the Orange County United Way and as an Advisory Board Member for the National Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation.
COMMISSIONER  Peter Kurylowicz, Jr
 Deputy Sheriff, Riverside County


Peter Kurylowicz, Jr. has served as a deputy sheriff for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department since 1988.  He has served as a patrol deputy, a motor officer, and as a background investigator for the Sheriff’s Personnel Bureau.  He has worked in the Riverside County Jail and currently works in the Court Services Bureau, Civil Field Division.  Deputy Kurylowicz has been a chapter director for the Riverside Sheriffs’ Association and is currently the Executive Board Secretary.  He is the Chairman of their Legal Defense Trust and President of the Riverside County Deputy Sheriff Relief Foundation.
COMMISSIONER Laren Leichliter
Deputy Sheriff, San Bernardino County


Laren Leichliter has served as a deputy sheriff with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department since 1994.  He has had many details including the jails, Court Services, Twin Peaks and Highland city stations patrol deputy.  He has been the current President of the San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association since 2011. 

Public Member


Geoff Long served 33 years with the California Legislature, most recently as Policy Director for Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon. Geoff served as Chief Consultant to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for 20 years under seven chairs, where he also was responsible for all criminal justice legislation.  Prior to Appropriations, Geoff served as Chief Consultant to the Assembly Budget Committee and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, where he was also responsible for all criminal justice legislation and budgets. 

Sheriff, Los Angeles County


Jim McDonnell was elected as Sheriff in Los Angeles County, January 2015.  He served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 29 years prior to being appointed 25th Chief of Police for the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) in March 2010. Chief McDonnell serves on numerous Boards of Directors that focus on furthering the interests of local youth and leadership in the policing profession on both a local and statewide level. He is an active member of several more organizations, including the California Peace Officers’ Association, where he currently serves as President. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Public Member


Rev. Jethroe (Jeff) Moore II received an Associated Arts Degree from Evergreen Valley College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Bible and Theology, Management and Ethics from San Jose Christian College.  He serves as President of the San Jose/Silicon Valley National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), he served on the Independent Police Auditor Committee (Past) San Jose Police Department Community Advisory Board in 2012, the Santa Clara County Court Community Leadership and Liaison Program and is a Graduate of Class 12 of the Northern California FBI Citizens Academy.

Sergeant, Placer County Sheriff's Department


Batine Ramirez has served as a deputy sheriff with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department since 1999.  She has completed multiple assignments including Jail Custody, Death Investigations, and is currently a narcotics investigator. She has served on the Placer County Deputy Sheriffs' Association since 2009 and is the current association President.

Sheriff, Santa Clara County


Laurie Smith has served as sheriff of Santa Clara County since 1998, and as assistant sheriff from 1990 to 1998. She is also a member of the Office of the Attorney General’s Blue Ribbon Commission on SWAT Practices and Policies.