Law Enforcement Advisory Council
Bringing diverse perspectives and insight to Lexipol solutions
Walter Allen III
City Council Member, Covina, CA
Director, Rio Hondo Police Academy, Whittier, CA
Walter Allen III is a city council member marking his 20th year on the Covina (CA) City Council; in 2019, he served his fourth term as mayor. Mr. Allen also serves as director of the Rio Hondo Police Academy at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California, overseeing police academy training for newly hired police recruits from law enforcement agencies throughout the state. A 44-year law enforcement veteran, his career has included positions as a police officer and SWAT team member with the Chino (CA) Police Department, a special agent, and the assistant chief for the California Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.
In 2003, Mr. Allen was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as the director of California’s Youth Offender Correctional System, the California Youth Authority, which entailed managing 5,000 employees and providing oversight to 10,000 youthful offenders. He later served as the chief of the Office of Correctional Safety for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and deputy commissioner for the Board of Parole Hearings. Mr. Allen is a former chair and current member of the League of California Cities Public Safety Committee and a member of the Metrolink Board of Directors.
Mr. Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from Cal Poly University and a master’s degree in Law Enforcement Executive Leadership from California Southern University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the California Department of Justice Special Agent Academy.
Chief Jim Bueermann (Ret.)
Redlands (CA) Police Department
Chief Jim Bueermann (Ret.) has spent more than 40 years in law enforcement. From 1978 to 2011 he was a member of the Redlands (CA) Police Department, culminating with 13 years as chief. Chief Bueermann directed the implementation and strategic development of community policing in Redlands, which included directing the consolidation of Housing, Recreation and Senior Services into the police department as a risk and preventive factor strategy for reducing crime and adolescent problem behavior. In 2000, this effort was recognized by the Innovations in American Government Award program as one of the 25 most innovative governmental programs in America.
After retirement in 2011, Chief Bueermann served as an executive fellow for the National Institute of Justice and president of the National Police Foundation, America’s oldest non-partisan, non-profit police research organization. Chief Bueermann has worked extensively on advanced technology projects in law enforcement as well as in the field of evidence-based policing and prisoner reentry. He is a charter member of the Police Futurists International and a founding member of the American Society of Evidence Based Policing.
Chief Bueermann holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University at San Bernardino and a master’s degree from the University of Redlands. In addition, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in and the California Command College.
Chief Jackie Gomez-Whiteley (Ret.)
Co-Founder and Principal Consultant
Meliora Public Safety Consulting, LLC
Chief Jackie Gomez-Whiteley is a 33-year law enforcement professional serving with distinction in Orange, Los Angeles and Monterey counties in California. Currently, she is a principal with Meliora Public Safety Consulting, a firm specializing in public safety agency strategic planning, leadership development, executive and organizational consulting, expert witness needs, subject matter expert peer review, independent investigations and executive recruitment.
Chief Gomez-Whiteley’s law enforcement career began at the Orange (CA) Police Department, where she served in patrol, investigations and administration. She was the department’s first woman motor officer, sergeant and lieutenant. In 1989, she was involved in an officer-involved shooting of a kidnap and attempted murder suspect; her actions earned her the Medal of Valor. Chief Gomez-Whiteley later served as captain and chief at the Cypress Police Department, where she was the first woman to serve as police chief of a municipal agency in Orange County. She has also served as interim chief for the Alhambra Police Department and the Pacific Grove Police Department. Chief Gomez-Whiteley is an adjunct instructor at law enforcement training centers throughout California and is program director for the prestigious California Police Chiefs Executive Leadership Institute at Drucker.
Chief Gomez-Whiteley holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in Psychology with a minor in Alcohol and Drug Studies and a master’s degree from Chapman University in Organizational Leadership with a certificate in Public and Non-Profit Leadership. She is also a graduate of the California POST Command College.
Lois James, PhD
Assistant Dean of Research
Washington State University College of Nursing
Lois James is the assistant dean of Research in the Washington State University College of Nursing, where she focuses on bias, stress, sleep and performance in high-stress populations such as police officers, military personnel, nurses and top-tier athletes. She is one of a handful of research advisors for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, has received multiple honors and awards for her work, and is internationally recognized as a leading expert in her field.
Dr. James’ simulation-based research on the impact of bias on police decision-making has significantly advanced what is known about how suspect race and ethnicity influences police officers during critical encounters with the public. She is the founding director of Counter Bias Training Simulation (CBTsim), an innovative simulation-based implicit bias training program that has been featured in National Geographic and the 2018 feature-length documentary bias. Dr. James’ work has been published extensively in academic journals, practitioner magazines and mainstream media such as the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Dr. James holds a doctorate degree and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
Stephen James, PhD
Washington State University College of Nursing
Stephen James is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at Washington State University Health Sciences in Spokane. His research focuses on the interaction between physical stressors (such as sleep-related fatigue), law, policy, training and practice relating to operational performance for military and law enforcement personnel. Using simulation technology, Dr. James strives to better understand the dynamics of performance in a wide variety of military and policing tasks, including driving, citizen encounters, crisis intervention and deadly force encounters. His research has been foundational in the development of the DARPA Strategic Social Interaction Module Tactical Social Interaction training development, a program designed to teach young warfighters and law enforcement the balance between tactical considerations and relationship building; the creation of an Enhanced-CIT, a program to move beyond the Memphis model for crisis intervention; and the ground-up rewriting of the Oregon Basic Police Academy, one that is evidence-based and research-driven.
Dr. James sits on the Department of Homeland Security Human Factors Engineering Community of Practice, the Chicago Police Department EIS National Advisory Council and the Spokane Mental Health Committee. Prior to becoming an academic, he spent more than 20 years in the British infantry as a solider and officer.
Dr. James holds a doctorate degree in Criminal Justice & Criminology from Washington State University, a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business and IT from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
Sheriff Tim Leslie
Dakota County (MN) Sheriff’s Office
Tim Leslie is serving his second term as Dakota County Sheriff. His law enforcement career spans 40 years, including positions as lieutenant and commander with the St. Paul Police Department, where his service culminated as chief of staff and the senior commander of the Central District. In 2003, Sheriff Leslie was appointed Assistant Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, where he helped lead the divisions of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement, State Patrol, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, State Fire Marshal, and Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He joined the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office as Chief Deputy in 2010 and was subsequently elected sheriff in 2014.
Sheriff Leslie serves as adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul), where he teaches a course on law enforcement administration and leading change. For the past 4 years, he has taught ethics and integrity for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Leadership and Management Series. Sheriff Leslie is the legislative committee chair for the Minnesota Sheriffs Association (MSA) and serves on the MSA board of directors. He also serves as president of the Dakota County Chiefs of Police Association.
Sheriff Leslie holds a master’s degree in Public Safety Education and Administration from the University of St. Thomas.
Former Executive Director
Public Agency Risk Sharing Authority of California
Joanne Rennie recently retired as executive director for the Public Agency Risk Sharing Authority of California (PARSAC), a joint powers authority of California cities. Ms. Rennie’s background includes more than 30 years in finance, risk management and leadership roles with county, school district, municipal and pooling organizations. She has been involved in law enforcement risk management for three decades, collaborating on the formation of two departments for mid-size cities and the decertification of two small departments.
Ms. Rennie worked in a large city during the last severe economic downturn and spent five years in the Las Vegas area during its “boom” days, helping to shape a suburban community as it grew from a population of 50,000 to 250,000. Committed to promoting change to improve the delivery of public services to communities, Ms. Rennie served as a lobbyist in Nevada on workers’ compensation and tort reform issues. She has presented at national conferences for the Public Risk Management Association, the Public Agency Risk Management Association and the Governmental Finance Officers Association, among others.
Ms. Rennie holds a master’s degree from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as certifications in risk management and human resources.
Makarem & Associates
Cameron Stewart is a Los-Angeles-based attorney specializing in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and personal injury. She got her start as a lawyer at the Law Offices of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., and became the firm’s first female managing partner.
Ms. Stewart has represented numerous clients, navigating contentious legal, governmental and political issues throughout the country. She supports several charitable and civic organizations, including the CASA program as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children, and volunteers for several local non-profit groups supporting the interests of disadvantaged children, communities of color and women affected by domestic violence.
Ms. Stewart is a graduate of Gonzaga University and Pepperdine Caruso School of Law.
Chief Barry Subelsky (Ret.)
Charles Town (WV) Police Department
Chief Barry Subelsky began his law enforcement career as a part-time deputy sheriff in the 1960s while working his way through college. After graduation he spent 10 years as a U.S. Army infantry officer, including assignments in Vietnam as a rifle platoon leader, a Ranger platoon leader and an advisor to a Vietnamese Ranger Battalion. After leaving the service, Chief Subelsky served as a police officer in Houston, Texas, before becoming a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Focusing primarily on terrorism investigations, he was one of the first agents sent overseas to investigate terrorist incidents in which American citizens were injured and killed. He was later promoted to the position of unit chief for the FBI Special Events Management Unit.
Upon retirement from the FBI, Chief Subelsky began a second career in emergency management at the National Nuclear Security Administration, where he was responsible for training and integrating emergency response assets into the national counter terrorism response. After six years in this position, he became the chief of police for the city of Charles Town, West Virginia, where he served for another six years.
Chief Subelsky holds a master’s degree in Management Science from Webster College and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.
Founder & CEO, Breaking Barriers United
Corporal, Chino (CA) Police Department
Ryan Tillman is a police officer for the Chino (CA) Police Department as well as the CEO and founder of Breaking Barriers United LLC. Although negative interactions with police officers influenced his early opinion of law enforcement, Corporal Tillman felt called to the profession by God. He became a police officer in 2013, later serving as a school resource officer at Don Lugo High School, and was recently promoted to corporal.
Upon completing the Chino Police Department’s field training program, Corporal Tillman recognized the need for more transparency and dialogue between law enforcement and the community, which led him to create Breaking Barriers United (BBU). Since its inception, BBU has changed the perception of many citizens, as well as police officers, throughout the world. Setting a goal to “change the face of modern-day policing,” Corporal Tillman speaks on a national level for both law enforcement and non-LE organizations and has created afterschool programs that train and teach students about the profession of law enforcement and career development. He hosts a podcast called “ITSNEEDED,” which is downloaded in over 47 countries, and the related “ITSNEEDED” conference, which brings law enforcement and city officials together for common goals. Currently he is developing a program called “The United” that aims to recruit and train the best future police officers.
Corporal Tillman holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism & Media Studies and Marketing from University of Nevada Las Vegas.