LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to confirm Supervisor Hilda L. Solis’s appointment to the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission (COC), Hans Johnson ─ a longtime columnist on LGBTQ and civil rights, labor, pollution, and politics.

“Civilian oversight is key for restoring the public’s trust,” said Supervisor Solis. “The appointment of Johnson to the COC will bring great value to the courageous work the nine-member board is leading to hold the Sheriff and the Sheriff’s Department accountable to the community.”

Johnson is a longtime advocate on LGBTQ+ and criminal justice reforms and has worked for more than 20 years with local advocates on non-violence in more than 20 states who track hate crimes and train public safety officers and first responders in LGBTQ+ awareness and inclusion. He has also written for the Huffington Post, In These Times, and commentary pages around the country, including the Washington Post, the Sacramento Bee, and the Daily News.

“The opportunity to contribute to rebuilding public trust in public safety in LA County is deeply gratifying,” said Johnson. “I thank Supervisor Solis for this appointment and for her steady focus on equality and accountability, guiding lights of good governance.”

Johnson is replacing Hernan Vera, who was appointed to the Superior Court by Governor Gavin Newsom and, more recently, nominated to the federal bench by President Joe Biden. Johnson lives in Eagle Rock.