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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.

Board Meetings

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

Board Members

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.

Alfonso Suazo currently serves as a Business Development Specialist for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Vocational Services division. After leaving his position with the Southwest Daily Times newspaper group, he returned to Denver to serve as a Marketing Specialist for Denver's human resources agency, Career Service Authority. 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. Suazo has a degree in Marketing from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has also received the MSUD Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award.

Carleigh Sailon is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed addiction counselor with Mental Health Center of Denver’s Crisis Intervention Response Unit (CIRU), which includes the co-responder team and several other forensic programs. She works as the assistant program manager of CIRU and is the clinical supervisor for the forensic branch of the unit. She also teaches Crisis Intervention Training to both the Denver Police and the Denver Sheriffs and is an adjunct professor in the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Long Island University - CW Post Campus and a 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 was the former Director of Development and Communication for Families Forward Resource Center, and 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.

Reverend Leon Kelly Jr. 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 acquired his educational degrees from the University Of Colorado, Colorado Christian College, Family Bible Institute, and the Denver Urban Institute.


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Denver Sheriff Department
P.O. Box 1108
Denver, CO 80201

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