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 Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate Pro Tempore also each appoint one Commissioner. The Attorney General is an ex-officio member and serves as the 18th 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.

Portrait of Geoff Long



Geoff Long

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.

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Rob Bonta

Attorney General, Department of Justice


In the State Assembly, Attorney General Bonta enacted nation-leading reforms to inject more justice and fairness into government and institutions. As the People's Attorney, he sees seeking accountability from those who abuse their power and harm others as one of the most important functions of the job. In elected office, he has taken on powerful interests and advanced systemic change — pursuing corporate accountability, standing up for workers, punishing big polluters, and fighting racial injustice. He has been a national leader in the fight to transform the criminal justice system, banning private prisons and detention facilities in California, as well as pushing to eliminate cash bail in the state. He has led statewide fights for racial, economic, and environmental justice and worked to further the rights of immigrant families, renters, and working Californians.

Prior to serving in the Assembly, Attorney General Bonta worked as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, where he represented the City and County and its employees, and fought to protect Californians from exploitation and racial profiling.

Born in Quezon City, Philippines, Attorney General Bonta immigrated to California with his family as an infant. He is the son of a proud native Filipino mother and a father who taught him the value of public service to his community. He is married to Mia Bonta, and they are the proud parents of three children Reina, Iliana, and Andres, as well as their dog Legolas.

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Alan Barcelona

Special Agent, Department of Justice



Alan Barcelona leads the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association, CSLEA, an organization that is the central thread in the public safety net of California. Mr. Barcelona took over CSLEA when it was on the brink of bankruptcy and turned it into a solvent, cohesive organization with a mission and purpose that have earned it the respect of governors and lawmakers in Sacramento. In addition to his duties as president of CSLEA, Mr. Barcelona is also a Special Agent for the California Department of Justice (DOJ).

Prior to becoming a DOJ agent, he was a Senior Investigator for the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Mr. Barcelona started his law-enforcement career in 1981 as a Stanislaus County Deputy Sheriff, where he served as a Jail, Patrol, and SWAT Team officer. He also has taught at two police academies, Modesto Junior College and Delta Junior College in Stockton, CA.

Mr. Barcelona received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San Francisco, CA, and his M. Ed. from the University of La Verne, CA.

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Ingrid Braun

Sheriff, Mono County Sheriff's Office


Sheriff Ingrid Braun has served as the Sheriff of Mono County since December 2014. She began her career in law enforcement in 1990 with the Los Angeles Police Department, retiring in 2011 at the rank of Lieutenant. Sheriff Braun has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Sheriff Braun is also a member of the State 9-1-1 Advisory Board.

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Shannan Moon

Sheriff, Nevada County Sheriff's Office



Shannan Moon was elected to her first term as Sheriff, Coroner, Public Administrator of Nevada County in the November 6, 2018, general election. In June 2022, Nevada County voters re-elected her to a second term through 2028. She is a thirty-four year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. As Sheriff, she serves as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Nevada County.

Sheriff Moon rose through the ranks at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, and has served as a Correctional Officer, Transportation Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Major Crimes Detective, Narcotics Detective, Bailiff, K9 Handler, Search and Rescue Coordinator, Crisis Incident Negotiations Team member and Commander, Field and Jail Training Officer, Sheriff’s Sergeant, Sheriff’s Lieutenant, and Sheriff’s Captain.

She is the first women in the history of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office to be elected as Sheriff, as well as the first woman promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain in the agency.

Sheriff Moon is a life-long resident of Nevada County, graduated from Nevada Union High School, and possesses a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management. She holds an Executive Certificate from the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), the highest of the seven professional certificates for peace officers.

Sheriff Moon is on the Executive Board of Directors for the California State Sheriff’s Association, whose mission is to support the role of Sheriff as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in all 58 counties and to speak as a collective voice on matters of public safety in California.

Sheriff Moon is also on the Board of Directors for Bright Futures for Youth, a local non-profit organization committed to addressing the ever-changing needs of youth in Nevada County.

She is on the Board of Directors at the California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to recognize and honor California peace officers who gave their lives in the Line of Duty serving the citizens of this great state.

Sheriff Moon has a passion for our community and has a proven track record in her everyday commitment toward improvement. Her leadership direction is engrained in the importance of staying connected and responsive to neighborhood issues, developing employees, building relationships, and planning for our future.

Sheriff Moon lives in south Nevada County with her wife Amy, a Nevada County Probation Officer, and their three daughters.

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P. Lamont Ewell

Public Member, Senate Pro Tempore Appointed


P. Lamont Ewell has over 35 years in the public sector and possesses a unique blend of service. He began his career in Southern California as a firefighter and was ultimately appointed as Fire Chief for the City of Oakland. During the latter part of his tenure with the City of Oakland, he served as Acting City Manager. He went on to successfully serve as City Manager for the cities Durham, North Carolina, San Diego and Santa Monica. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an Executive Master degree in General Administration.

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Kelly Gordon

Chief, Santa Barbara Police Department



Chief Kelly Gordon began her law enforcement career with the Los Angeles Police Department in January 1996. In January 2017, she was hired by the Monterey Park Police Department as a Captain and in March 2020, she was named as the Chief of Police for the Monterey Park Police Department.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly University and a master’s degree in Leadership from Saint Mary’s College. She is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.

Kelly is the sitting 1st Vice President of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association, Treasurer of the San Gabriel Valley Chiefs Association, member of the California Police Chiefs Association Training Committee, and the California Police Chiefs Association representative on the League of Cities’ Housing, Community and Economic Development Policy Committee.

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Rick Braziel

Educator, Cal Poly Humboldt


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 .

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Tina Nieto

Sheriff, Monterey County Sheriff's Office



Sheriff Tina M. Nieto has served as the Monterey County Sheriff Since Dec 2022. When she was sworn in as the elected Sheriff in 2022, she became the first Latina Sheriff in California’s history. Prior to her becoming the Monterey County Sheriff, she served over 5 years as the Chief of Police of Marina, Ca.

Tina began her career in law enforcement in 1989 with the Los Angeles Police Department, retiring in 2017 as a Commanding Officer. Sheriff Nieto also served with the United States Army Reserve attaining the rank of Captain. Sheriff Nieto currently serves on the NGEN Board, the Emergency Management Services Board, and the Monterey County Domestic Violence Coordination Council in Monterey County. She also serves on the state’s Homeland Security Advisory Committee that advises in the development and implementation of the State’s Homeland Security Strategy.

Sheriff Nieto also volunteers in her off-time and currently serves on the Board of the Hospice Foundation, is a Rotarian, an Elk Member, a Moose Member, and an American Legion Member in Monterey County. Sheriff Nieto received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton and her Master’s degree in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne.


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Michelle Rodriguez

Public Member, Speaker of the Assembly



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Jim Cooper

Sheriff, Sacramento County Sheriff's Office


In June 2022, Sheriff Jim Cooper was elected to become Sacramento County’s 37th Sheriff. Before being elected as Sheriff, in November 2014, Sheriff Cooper was elected to the California State Assembly to represent Assembly District 9, which includes the cities of Sacramento, Elk Gove, Galt, and Lodi. On his first day in office, Sheriff Cooper was appointed to serve on a leadership team as Assistant Majority Whip and later appointed Assistant Majority Leader. Sheriff Cooper served as Chair of the Public Employees Retirement and Social Security Committee and the Assembly Select Committee on Community Law Enforcement Relations and Responsibilities. Sheriff Cooper also served on several committees, Governmental Organization Committee, Insurance Committee, and Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration. While in the Assembly, Sheriff Cooper was appointed as the California Peace Office Memorial Legislative liaison.

During Sheriff Cooper’s tenure in the Assembly, he was appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly to serve on the California Crime Victims’ Memorial Review Committee. The Committee oversees the design, construction, and maintenance of a memorial in Capitol Park to honor California residents who are victims of crime. Additionally, Sheriff Cooper was appointed to serve on the Public Safety committee of the Council of State Government (CSG-WEST).

Sheriff Cooper has an extensive background in law enforcement and local government. Before joining the Assembly in 2014, Sheriff Cooper served as a Captain in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years and spent 15 years as Elk Grove’s founding mayor and councilmember. He established solid governing values, balanced the city’s budget, and built a city from the ground up.

Sheriff Cooper has earned numerous awards, including the Bronze Star for Bravery for actions during the 1991 “Good Guys” hostage crisis. He also spent four years working as the Department’s spokesperson and nearly a decade as an undercover narcotics officer and gang detective.

Community service is a significant part of Sheriff Cooper’s life. He has served on the Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Wind Youth Services, and the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home boards.

Sheriff Cooper grew up in Sacramento and where he raised his four daughters. He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Academy and FBI National Academy. He earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College.