Hernán Vera Appointed to LA County Civilian Oversight Commission for Sherriff’s Department

Bird Marella principal Hernán Vera has been appointed to a new nine-member civilian oversight commission to oversee the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department. Consisting of a former federal judge, religious and community leaders, a federal district attorney and federal public defender, civil rights attorneys, and a retired Sherriff’s lieutenant, the commission aims to improve community-law enforcement relations by increasing transparency, oversight, and trust.  Mr. Vera was specifically appointed by Los Angeles County Supervisor for the First District of Los Angeles, Hilda L. Solis.

The establishment of the commission comes after extensive public outreach and research by a seven-member working group that made recommendations on the commission’s mission, authority, size, structure, and relationship to the offices of the Sheriff and Inspector General.