The Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse was created to assist and support county law enforcement. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization, which aids the Sheriff’s Office leadership by providing critical resources that help safeguard our community and the men and women who protect us every day. This results in improved agency performance, morale and effectiveness.
The Posse helps fill the gap between the County's increasing public needs for law enforcement and the tightening county budget. It functions primarily as a fund-raising vehicle, with the emphasis on supplementing equipment and training for our County's primary law enforcement personnel to assist them in their efforts to safeguard our community.
The Posse also works to enhance relations between the community and County law enforcement, promote public safety through special events and activities, and serve as a citizen-initiated conduit for informing the community about public safety issues and the extraordinary efforts of the men and women of the Sheriff's Office.
The mission of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse is to assist the Sheriff’s Department by providing resources that improve agency performance, morale and effectiveness in its effort to safeguard our community.
The Sheriff’s Posse, a nonprofit charitable organization, works with the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department leadership to support county law enforcement by:
- enhancing relations between the community and county law enforcement;
- raising funds for exceptional equipment expenses;
- promoting public safety through special events, activities and programs;
- providing a civilian vehicle for informing the community about public safety issues.
P O S S E – People Offering Support to Sheriff’s Efforts
2016 Annual Report
President - Richard S. Kline, Los Alamos
Vice President - Christopher Hartman, Santa Ynez
Vice President - Sara O'Shaughnessy, Santa Ynez
Treasurer - David Baskett, Orcutt
Secretary - Diana Vandervoort, Santa Barbara
Immediate Past President - John Wilczak, Santa Ynez
Dr. Herb Barthels, Santa Barbara
David Baskett, Orcutt
Richard Berti, Santa Barbara
Bob Bryant, Santa Barbara
Brooks Firestone (Emeritus), Solvang
Justin Fox, Carpinteria
Lynn Gildred, Santa Ynez
Erin Graffy (Emeritus), Santa Barbara
Michael Hammer, Santa Barbara
Les Jones, Solvang
Richard Kline, Los Alamos
Cliff Lundberg, Santa Barbara
Dana Mazzetti, Santa Barbara
Jim Messina, Santa Ynez
Chris Nielsen, Solvang
Don Oaks, Santa Ynez
Sue Pohls, Buellton
Gary Waer. Solvang
John Wilczak, Santa Ynez
Chip Wullbrant, Ballard
The Board of Directors, all volunteers, are representatives of both North and South County and reside or have business in the County. Additional Directors may be added from time to time.