Jerry Threet, the first Director of the newly established Sonoma County Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO), will speak at the Windsor/North County Democratic Club at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 at the Windsor Round Table Pizza, 8499 Old Redwood Highway, in Windsor.
IOLERO was created in response to the tragic shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by law enforcement officers in 2013. The County Board of Supervisors created a Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force, whose members studied various forms of citizen’s oversight of law enforcement over an 18-month period. The work of the Task Force resulted in a recommendation to the Board, which resulted in the adoption of the model which has now been put in place. In general terms, the IOLERO reviews complaints of misconduct and engages with the community concerning policy changes to the Sheriff’s Department. The goal is to establish greater trust and a stronger relationship between law enforcement and the community.
In March 2016, Mr. Threet was selected by the Board of Supervisors to head IOLERO. He worked for the previous eleven years as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Francisco, and has a long and varied career in law and public service.
— Barry Hirsch