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.

COMMISSION CHAIR 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.
Laurie Smith
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.
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.
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.
Santa Barbara District Attorney 


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.

Kamala D. Harris
Attorney General, Department of Justice


Ms. Harris served as a deputy district attorney in Alameda County from 1990 to 1998. After holding positions in the offices of the San Francisco district attorney and city attorney, she was elected District Attorney of San Francisco in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. In that post, she increased felony conviction rates, expanded services to victims of crime and their families, created new prosecution divisions focused on child assault, public integrity and environmental crimes, and launched innovative initiatives to prevent recidivism. One such program, "Back on Track," was recognized by Gov. Schwarzenegger as a model for California counties and by the U.S. Department of Justice as a model for prosecutors across the country. She is the author of the book Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor's Plan to Make Us Safer.
COMMISSIONER Sandra Hutchens
Sheriff - Coroner, Orange County


Sandra Hutchens served with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department for 29 years prior to being elected the 12th Sheriff of Orange County in December 2010. Sheriff Hutchens is an active member in the National Sheriffs Association (NSA) and the Orange County Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs Association. She also serves as a board member for the California State Sheriff’s Association (CSSA), California Peace Officers Association (CPOA), and both the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America. She has completed Leadership Training at the FBI Academy, the FBI National Leadership Institute, and attended the National Leadership Preparedness Course at Harvard University.
COMMISSIONER Laren Leichliter
Deputy, 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. 

COMMISSIONER Ronald Lowenberg
Dean, Criminal Justice Training Center


Ronald Lowenberg is the Dean of the Golden West College Criminal Justice Training Center and has previously served as director from 2003 to 2012, and has served as chief of police for Cypress, Huntington Beach, and Pomona. He also served on the Commission from 1989 to 1998.
Chief, Long Beach Police Department


Jim McDonnell 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.
COMMISSIONER Bernard Melekian
Public Member


Bernard Melekian has 36 years of local law enforcement experience. He served for one year with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, 23 years with the Santa Monica Police Department and was the Chief of Police in Pasadena for 13 years. In 2009 he was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder as the 4th Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and held that position until March, 2012. Chief Melekian holds a Doctorate in Policy, Planning and Development from the University of Southern California for his work on police disciplinary systems. He has 28 years of military experience including 25 years in the Coast Guard Reserve.
Chief, El Cerrito Police Department


Sylvia Moir served with the Sacramento Police Department for 18 years prior to being appointed Chief of the El Cerrito Police Department in 2010.  Chief Moir also served the Menlo Park Police Department as the Commander of Operations.  She has been a POST SBSLI facilitator and academy trainer for two decades.  Her diverse experience provides her a broad perspective of modern policing in integrated and progressive communities. Her past assignments include Incident Command, Operations, Fiscal Operations and Honor Guard.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management, and is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI) and LAPD West Point Leadership.
Public Member, San Jose


Rev. Jethroe (Jeff) Moore II received an Associated Arts Degree from Evergreen Valley College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Bible & 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, Alameda Police Department


Anthony Munoz is a Sergeant with the Alameda Police Department, assigned to the Patrol Division. He has served as a narcotics detective, narcotics sergeant, and as the Field Training Officer Program Supervisor. He is a past president and current executive board member of the California Narcotics Officers’ Association.