The purpose of the Commission is to improve transparency, increase the accountability of and public confidence in the Santa Ana Police Department and to provide for an Independent Oversight Director. The purpose of the Commission is to act through the Independent Oversight Director to provide the Chief of Police, City Manager, and City Council independent investigations of, analysis, and recommendations on police practices, police misconduct, officer-involved shootings, and other serious uses of force.
Meeting day, time and place
The Police Oversight Commission meets on the second Thursday of every month at 5 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chamber (located at 22 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701).
The Commission consists of the following seven members:
|Commissioner||Nominated by||Term expires|
|Danny Vega||Mayor Amezcua
|Gabriel Castillo Laughton||Mayor Pro Tem Lopez
|Keith Carpenter||Councilmember Phan
|Carlos Perea||Councilmember Vazquez
|Nadin Said||Councilmember Bacerra
|Amalia Mejia||Councilmember Hernandez
|Evangeline Gawronski||Councilmember Penaloza
To serve on this commission, you must meet the following requirements:
- All members of the Commission shall reside in the City of Santa Ana.
- Elected or appointed officers and employees serving the City shall not be eligible for appointment to the Commission.
- Retired peace officers or peace officers who have separated from public service shall not be eligible for appointment to the Commission unless at least five (5) years has passed from the date of their separation from the governmental entity with which they were previously employed. Only one former or retired peace officer, who is appointed first in time, may serve on the Commission at any given time. “Peace officer” as used herein shall have the same meaning and definition as set forth in California Penal Code section 830 et seq.
- Practicing attorneys who handle, or are members of firms or entities that currently handle, criminal or civil matters involving the Santa Ana Police Department are ineligible to serve on the Commission.
To learn more about the Police Oversight Commission, read the ordinance.