Biography of Mr. Threet, IOLERO Director 

Professional Experience

Jerry Threet
Jerry Threet
IOLERO Director

In March 2016, Mr. Threet was unanimously selected by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to be the first Director of the new Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach. Mr. Threet was selected from a recruitment that attracted 40 highly qualified candidates from across the country following an extensive candidate selection and interview process. He has been a licensed attorney since 1988. 

Mr. Threet has been a licensed attorney since 1988. He has had a long and varied career in law and public service. During his career, Mr. Threet has personally conducted hundreds of investigations, depositions, witness interviews, factual evaluations, negotiations, and community meetings, and has significant personal experience working with diverse populations. His experience includes 11 years as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Francisco. Among his duties in that position were working in the Neighborhood & Resident Safety Division, the Affirmative Litigation Task Force, and as General Counsel to the Sunshine Task Force. His experience included extensive litigation protecting consumers, residents, employees, and businesses from illegal business practices; educating and engaging in outreach to community groups, and helping ensure that county departments complied with state and local government transparency laws. In his litigation work at the City Attorney’s Office, he worked regularly with police officers, as well as low-income people living in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco.

In 2000, Mr. Threet managed the successful political campaign of a neighborhood activist, helping elect Jake McGoldrick county supervisor for the Richmond District of San Francisco by unseating a well-financed incumbent. From 2001-2004, he served as McGoldrick’s chief of staff as County Supervisor. During this time, Mr. Threet’s projects included a charter amendment establishing a county performance auditor to ensure that county programs were effective in serving the public; a charter amendment making the police commission more responsive to residents; and implementing a community driven process for county budgeting. Before 2000, he worked as a legislative aide in the Texas State Senate; completed a legal clerkship with the presiding judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals; and served as a Litigation Attorney with the US Department of Justice, and as a contract attorney with the Northern California U.S. Attorney’s Office (then led by Robert Mueller). In these roles, he worked on class action discrimination litigation, as well as on the prosecution of a multi-state, criminal conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and commit murder.

Education and Certifications

Mr. Threet graduated from the University of Texas Liberal Arts Honors Program, with high honors in 1983. He received a joint degree in Law and Public Policy from the University of Texas in 1988, graduating from the law school with honors. Mr. Threet also has undertaken extensive training in mediation (including public dispute mediation). He also has been accredited as a Certified Practitioner of Oversight by the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement.  

Professional Organizations

Mr. Threet is a member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). He is licensed to practice law in both Texas and California.

Volunteer Involvement

Mr. Threet has served as volunteer president of the Harvey Milk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Democratic Club, as well as the President of the Board of Directors of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco. He also served as an appointed member of the Berkeley Public Works Commission. He has volunteered his time for multiple organizations that serve disadvantaged communities.

Contact Information

Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

County of Sonoma

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Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Plaza Building A

2300 A County Center Drive

Suite A211

Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.462409, -122.725364
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