Out Sebastopol Man Tapped to Head Law Enforcement Review

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is expected to appoint Jerry Threet as the director of its newly established Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach at its meeting next week.

Threet, 55, is a gay man who is a former president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and served as chief of staff for former San Francisco supervisor Jake McGoldrick after managing his successful campaign in 2000. For the past 11 years he has served as a deputy city attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s office.

“I’m very excited to welcome Mr. Threet as director of the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach,” said Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chair Efren Carrillo in a news release. “This position is critical to the implementation of the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force recommendations for the independent review of Sonoma County law enforcement, improved transparency, and collaborative efforts to improve relations between the community and law enforcement.”

As director, Threet will launch the newly established IOLERO office, developing a work plan that includes the creation of a citizen’s advisory board and youth council. He will work closely with the sheriff’s office in improving relationships and trust through transparency and community engagement.

“My entire professional career has been focused on ensuring that government provides fairness and justice for ordinary people and is as transparent as possible,” Threet said in the news release. “I will continue to work toward those same goals in this new position.” Threet is a graduate of the University of Texas Liberal Arts Plan II Honors Program in 1983 and received a joint degree in law and public policy from the University of Texas in 1988.
Threet is married to Seth Ubogy and they have two daughters, ages 5 and 7. He and his family reside in Sebastopol.

The community is invited to welcome Threet at a public meet and greet Monday, April 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Rotunda, 3313 Chanate Road in Santa Rosa.