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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.

Special Event: Community Forum

Thursday, 11/14/19 | 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Hosted by the Sheriff Advisory Board, join Interim Sheriff Fran Gomez, Serior Leadership, and other Sheriff Department employees as we gather to share information about the department and engage in conversation with the community we serve. We look forward to meeting you there!

* A sign language interpreter or CART services will be provided upon request. Contact three business days before the forum. For other public accommodation requests/concerns related to disability, please contact

WHERE: Carla Madison Rec Center: 2401 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Board Meetings

SAB meetings will be held the third Monday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Meeting locations are subject to change and are posted below as they are confirmed.

September 16, 2019:

October 21, 2019: 
Roslyn Event Center
5440 Roslyn St.
Denver, CO 80216

November 18, 2019: 
Roslyn Event Center
5440 Roslyn St.
Denver, CO 80216

December 2019: 

Board Members

Alfonso Suazo brings over 25 years of marketing and non-profit experience as a former newspaper advertising director, public information officer and workforce development specialist. Currently, he serves as a Business Development Specialist for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Vocational Services division.

As the Advertising Marketing Director at the Southwest Daily Times in Kansas, Alfonso managed retail/classified advertising staff and graphic design production team for four publications. After leaving the newspaper group, he returned to his home state of Colorado to serve as a Marketing Specialist for Denver's human resources agency—Career Service Authority. There he managed the agency’s internal and external communication initiatives, program branding, employee relations and training outreach collateral and special event recognition programing. With over ten years in human resource and communications, he ventured out to share his cumulative experience with non-profit agencies such Servicios de La Raza, Goodwill-Denver and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

A native of the west Denver community, Alfonso received his degree in Marketing from Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSUD). He held numerous leadership positions in professional and community organizations, managed political campaigns and received the MSUD Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award.

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.

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.

Carleigh Sailon is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed addiction counselor with Mental Health Center of Denver’s Crisis Intervention Response Unit. The CIRU is a partnership between the Mental Health Center of Denver and the Denver Police Department, which has created a law enforcement-based co-responder model that pairs officers with licensed mental health clinicians. Ms. Sailon works as the Mental Health Center of Denver liaison at the Downtown Detention Center. Through court advocacy and clinical contact with inmates, Ms. Sailon works to break down barriers to treatment, and ensures that inmates are fully enrolled in outpatient mental health services at the time of their release. Ms. Sailon also teaches Crisis Intervention Training to both the Denver Police and the Denver Sheriffs. She believes that community connections and supportive services upon release are key in breaking the cycle of recidivism. Ms. Sailon is passionate about expanding the use of restorative justice and the sequential intercept model in the city of Denver. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Long Island University- CW Post Campus and Masters in Social Work from Stony Brook University.

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.

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.


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P.O. Box 1108
Denver, CO 80201

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