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The Sheriff Advisory Board (SAB) was created in 2017 to serve as a formal community engagement mechanism to promote collaboration with the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) regarding matters that span service delivery to people incarcerated in DSD custody, their families, the community at-large, and service providers.

The goals of the board are to promote advisement and set priority area(s) of focus to the Sheriff and Department regarding:

  1. Best practices within the Department to ensure safety to staff and those in our care and custody,
  2. Exhibiting a strong organizational culture of leadership and engagement, and
  3. Advocating to build and foster strong relationships within the larger Denver community, particularly for individuals reentering, including better access to mental health supports and alternatives to jailing.

The Board consists of members representing Denver’s diverse communities and geographic areas. Ex-officio membership roles will be identified on an ongoing basis, and will include department staff, city staff, and additional subject-matter-experts.

Dr. Borrego is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology at Metropolitan State University. She has research interests in policing, neighborhoods and LBGT victimization. She wrote a chapter for the book Forensic Science and the Administration of Justice, worked on grant funded studies and presented numerous academic papers. She has a Ph.D in criminology and criminal justice from Arizona State University, having completed her dissertation on fatal police-citizen encounters.

Left Hand Bull is the Access Control Coordinator at The Children’s Hospital, Colorado. He is a community activist and former chair and current ad-hoc member of the Denver American Indian Commission. He served on the City and County of Denver’s Public Safety Review Commission which reviewed, evaluated and recommended changes to the Police and Sheriff departments. He is a former member of the Native Nations of Auraria, and has volunteered with Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods and the Denver Indian Center.

Geggie is a Manager of Candidate Ready Development for Leadership for Education Equity, Denver, where he works to inspire to teachers to pursue elected office. He previously worked as a campaign manager for both the ACLU and Why Marriage Matters in Columbus, Ohio. He has worked to develop leaders who are culturally competent and empowered to create positive change within their communities for most of his career. He has a M.A. from Brown University, and a B.A. from Wabash College, Indiana.

Rev. Kelly serves as the Executive Director of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, the oldest anti-gang program based in the Denver Metropolitan Area. He has been a member of the California Gang Investigator’s Association for over 25 years, and has developed a program in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Corrections called “Flippin’ the Script”. In 1979, he served prison time for drug related charges at the Colorado State Penitentiary, and received a full and unconditional pardon from Governor Bill Ritter in 2010. He has degrees from the University Of Colorado, Colorado Christian College, Family Bible Institute, and the Denver Urban Institute.

Rev. Meuli is the President and CEO of the Denver Rescue Mission. The mission has an annual budget of some $32 million and employs 200 people. He joined the mission nearly 18 years ago, after a long career with Wells Fargo. He is a former major in the Marine Corps, is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Denver Seminary, serves on Denver’s Homeless Commission and is chaplain to the Colorado House of Representatives. He has a business degree from Northern Arizona University and a M.A. in leadership from Denver Seminary.

Miller is the Communications and Chapter Director for Young People in Recovery, a national, grassroots advocacy organization, where he is responsible for operational support, process development and external communications. He is in long-term recovery for substance abuse disorder and was arrested for numerous drug-related offences. He is a former inmate of the Denver Sheriff Department. Having been involved with the criminal justice system from the inside, he is passionate about progressive and restorative-focused policy.

Petty is the Director of Development and Communication for Families Forward Resource Center, and she is a community activist in the Montbello and Green Valley Ranch neighborhoods. In addition to sitting on the Board of Directors for the Family Resource Center Association, she is an active member of the NAACP Denver Branch and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She worked as a substitute teacher with Denver Public Schools before becoming an English teacher and curriculum developer in South Korea. She has a master’s degree in non-profit management from Regis University and a B.A. in general studies from Colorado Christian University.

Rodriguez is the Director of Testing at the Community College of Denver. She has been involved in higher education for 17 years and currently oversees placement testing, professional certifications, and academic testing. She is former board chair of cityWILD, a Denver nonprofit providing tuition-free outdoor experiential education to young people. She has a masters-level of nonprofit management certificate in social justice, peace and reconciliation and a M.A. in adult education and training from Regis University, and a B.A. of arts with honors in English and writing from the University of Colorado.

Simonet is a District Court Magistrate for the Colorado Judicial Branch and is currently assigned to the dependency and neglect docket in the juvenile division. She is also the presiding judicial officer for the Family Treatment Court program, a problem-solving program for high risk parents in dependency and neglect cases. She was formerly the president and owner of Simonet Law Firm, which specialized in criminal defense in both state and federal court. She was also a deputy state public defender in Colorado. She has a degree from Gonzaga University School of Law. Simonet is the daughter of John Simonet, former director of the Denver Sheriff Department and namesake to Denver’s downtown jail.

Tramutola-Lawson is Founder and Chair of the Colorado chapter of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE), which advocates for humane treatment of inmates. In 2007, she was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Community Corrections and is a current member of the Denver Community Corrections Board. In 2015, she was appointed to the Governor’s Executive Clemency Advisory Board. She has a B.A. in elementary education and an M.A. in French. She was a teacher for Denver Public Schools for more than 30 years and developed an interest in prison reform after working with at risk students.


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Bennie Milliner, Director of Community Engagement

Carleen Borja, Operations Coordinator

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