Sainte Rose, California – January 20, 2022 – County Administrator Sheryl Bratton has announced that Garrick Byers will be appointed as Acting Director of the Independent Law Enforcement Review and Outreach Office (IOLERO) effective January 25.
Byers has more than 30 years of experience in local government, including serving as an assistant public defender in Fresno, Contra Costa and Solano counties and has worked with IOLERO conducting audits since September 2021.
Byers was an active member of the California Public Defenders Association, having served as chair and member of CDPA’s legislative and ethics committees. Byers has written for the California Continuing Education of the Bar and is also a regular speaker for the CDPA as well as other legal seminars.
The nomination will be submitted to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 25 for final approval. If approved, Byers is expected to start his new position immediately.
“Garrick comes to the position with extensive experience as a public servant working with people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds,” Bratton said. “His work gave him insight into how law enforcement works. We are fortunate to have such an experienced professional to take on this leadership role until we are able to recruit a director.
The county will conduct a nationwide search for a permanent IOLERO director and begin the search process in February.
In the meantime, IOLERO will continue to work toward its mission of strengthening the relationship between the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the community it serves by raising awareness and promoting greater transparency in law enforcement operations. the law. It achieves its mission through the following components:
- The Community Advisory Council formulates policy recommendations, systemic reforms and community partnerships with law enforcement.
- Investigate and verify complaints, abuse of force and deaths in custody and make recommendations for improvement.
- Coordinates community outreach, outreach to the department and its services.
- Works proactively on building relationships with the community and the sheriff’s office.
As interim director, Byers will lead four professionals, including office staff and attorneys, to carry out the office’s mission. He will succeed Karlene Navarro who was appointed to the county Superior Court bench in September by Governor Gavin Newsom after serving two and a half years as director of IOLERO.
“Former Director Navarro launched IOLERO on a solid growth plan, and I am honored to lead the office into this next stage of success, awaiting the start of a new permanent Director,” Byers said. “I look forward to working with our talented staff, furthering IOLERO’s mission to bring more transparency to local law enforcement and spark greater community involvement.”
Byers received his JD from Antioch Law School in Washington, D.C., currently known as the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke Law School.