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Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force


The Task Force was created following the tragic shooting death of Andy Lopez by a Sonoma County deputy sheriff to address 4 important issues necessary for community healing through the convening of 21 representative members of the community who will ultimately make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. The Task Force expects their work to conclude no later than March, 2015.

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Board of Supervisors: Action #34, December 3, 2013.


The Task force is charged with: (1) Reviewing options for a model for an independent citizen review body. (2) Reviewing and recommending options for community policing to be considered with the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget process. (3) Reviewing and recommending whether the Office of Coroner should be separately elected from the Office of Sheriff. (4) Bringing to the Board of Supervisors any additional feedback from the community on these issues that merits County attention by the end of 2014 and discuss staff generated efforts on these issues. These duties are described more completely in the Community and Local Law Enforcement Charter, approved by the Board of Supervisors December 10, 2013.

Membership Term

One Year.

Contact Information

Task Force Office, (707) 565-2431, Email:

Meeting Schedule

Meeting schedule and location to be determined by the Task Force.

Membership Composition

21 representative members of the community: 3 members appointed by each Board member, 3 recommended by the Sheriff and appointed by the Board of Supervisors, 2 appointed by the Mayor of the City of Santa Rosa, and 1 recommended by the District Attorney and appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
21 Members
RepresentingMember NameAppointmentTerm Expires
First DistrictBrien FarrellSumm. Act. #52 12/10/1312/31/2014
First DistrictCaroline BanuelosSumm. Act. #52 12/10/1312/31/2014
First DistrictMaite IturriSumm Act #33, 1/7/201412/31/2014
Second DistrictJeanne BuckleySumm Act #33, 1/7/201412/31/2014
Second DistrictLynn KingSumm Act #33, 1/7/201412/31/2014
Second DistrictTodd MendozaSumm Act #33, 1/7/201412/31/2014
Third DistrictFrancisco VazquezSumm Act. #52 12/10/1312/31/2014
Third DistrictRobert EdmondsSumm Act. #52 12/10/1312/31/2014
Third DistrictSylvia LemusSumm Act. #52 12/10/1312/31/2014
Fourth DistrictCarolyn LopezSumm Act. #52 12/10/1312/31/2014
Fourth DistrictJoe PallaSumm Act #33, 1/7/201412/31/2014
Fourth DistrictJose CastanedaSumm Act. #52 12/10/1312/31/2014
Fifth DistrictAmber TwitchellSumm Act. #52 12/10/1312/31/2014
Fifth DistrictEric KoenigshoferSumm Act. #52 12/10/1312/31/2014
Fifth DistrictIrene RosarioSumm Act. #52 12/10/1312/31/2014
District Attorney RepresentativeCora GuySumm Act #33, 1/7/201412/31/2014
Santa Rosa Mayor RepresentativeEvelyn CheathamSumm Act #24, 1/14/201412/31/2014
Santa Rosa Mayor RepresentativeGustavo MendozaSumm Act #24, 1/14/201412/31/2014
Sheriff RepresentativeJudy RiceSumm Act. #52 12/10/1312/31/2014
Sheriff RepresentativeMark EssickSumm Act. #52 12/10/1312/31/2014
Sheriff RepresentativeOmar Paz, Jr.Summ Act. #52 12/10/1312/31/2014

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Contact Information

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sonoma County Administration Building
575 Administration Drive
Room 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Presentation to the Board May 13, 2014

Presentation to the Board May 13, 2014

Update from the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force to the Board of Supervisors

Rules of Procedure and Task Force Charter

Rules of Procedure

The purpose of these Rules of Procedure is to foster understanding and respect for the democratic process, facilitate compliance with applicable laws, encourage public participation...

Rules of Procedure

Task Force Charter

The purpose of the Task Force is set forth in the Charter approved by the Board of Supervisors on December 10, 2013.

Background: The Need

First Charge

Second Charge

Third Charge

Fourth Charge

Approach to the Work

Membership and Composition


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