Black executive appointed head of sheriff’s panel 

Wave Staff Report

LOS ANGELES — Sharmaine Moseley has been appointed executive director for the Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission.

Moseley has more than two decades of expertise managing, supporting and leading civilian oversight of law enforcement agencies as well as building relationships with community members.

“I am honored and excited that I was selected to lead this civilian oversight commission and look forward to sharing my expertise and knowledge to make sure that the commission is effective,” Moseley said. “I plan to listen, learn, observe and then propose meaningful recommendations for systemic improvements.”

Moseley added that one of her goals is to support the needs of the commission by starting with the creation of a work plan to outline the commission’s priorities.

An expert in police oversight and community relations, Moseley played an influential role in the implementation of necessary changes in civilian oversight in the San Diego Police Department and the Albany (New York) Police Department.

She served almost nine years with the city of San Diego, first as the executive director of the Community Review Board and then as interim executive director of the Commission on Police Practices. 

She played an influential role as the San Diego Police Department implemented changes such as ensuring that motorists were informed of the reason for being stopped by police, modifying procedures regarding citizen complaints, officer shootings and in-custody deaths; and other policies related to internal investigations, pursuits, use of force, money handling and shooting at moving vehicles.

Prior to her work in San Diego, Moseley honed her strong leadership skills in civilian oversight of law enforcement at the Citizens’ Police Review Board in Albany, New York. 

Moseley is an active member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement) and is a certified practitioner of oversight. 

She earned an executive master of business administration degree and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and Africana studies at the State University of New York at Albany

Moseley said she welcomes members of the community, law enforcement and other stakeholders to meet with her to discuss ways to collaboratively reimagine civilian oversight of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.