Board of Directors

President - James Gordon
CBSOA President James Gordon is an Oakland Police Officer and a nearly 30 year veteran. Jim works full time as a District Attorney’s Inspector in the City of Oakland, and continues involvement in the Port of Oakland Marine Unit. Jim has been on the water since 2003 and he has extensive experience in port security. Jim is a certified Tactical Coxswain, and is certified as an instructor for close quarters boat handling. Jim also teaches accident investigation. He has been a long time member of CBSOA and has served on the board for many years.


Vice President - Brian Miller
Deputy Brian Miller grew up in Kansas City (Kansas City Royals and Chiefs fan) and moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1988. Brian finished his enlistment as an aviation electronic technician in April 1994 with the United States Navy at Naval Air Station Alameda, CA. Hired on by the Solano County Sheriff’s Office in January 1995, Brian has worked many assignments. These positions include the street Patrol Division, Investigations Unit, the Coroner’s Investigations Office, Court Services Bureau, and currently the Marine Patrol Division and Dive Team Coordinator position for the Solano County OES Dive Team.

Brian is a NASBLA certified tactical coxswain, and Solano County Marine Patrol training officer. Brian also teaches for the Division of Boating and Waterways and assists within the Inland Boat Operator Course. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Sacramento, and two Associates Degrees from Solano Community College in General Education. Brian has been a member of the CBSOA since 2010 and served as the Director at Large in 2015.

Brian has been instrumental with organizing and bringing about changes in the Sacramento Delta region of Northern California with numerous multi-agency boat training events, operational cooperation, public boating safety awareness, and USCG multi-agency training exercises. He has led the process as a program manager with numerous state and federal grant opportunities, which resulted in Solano County receiving much needed vessels and new equipment.


Secretary - Bryan Sardoch
Bryan Sardoch has been a Deputy Sheriff in Napa County since 2007. He worked his first Marine Patrol shift on Lake Berryessa in the summer of 2009 and is now the full-time boat deputy. He teaches Boating Under the Influence Investigation for the Division of Boating and Waterways and has assisted with development of state course curriculum. Bryan is a certified Emergency Management Specialist and he coordinates Napa County’s Search and Rescue volunteers, serves as a Terrorism Liaison Officer, Taser instructor and teaches martial arts at Sonoma State University.

Prior to his career in law enforcement, Bryan earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Sonoma State University while working seasonal sailing jobs. Bryan worked throughout the Caribbean and Pacific, eventually sailing around the world, crossing three oceans and living aboard ships ranging from 19 to 762 feet in length. Bryan was recognized by his department in 2008 for saving the lives of a fellow deputy and his ridealong, who he pulled unresponsive from their burning patrol vehicle following a collision. Bryan is dedicated to water safety and especially the apprehension of intoxicated boaters.


Treasurer - Dan Laval
Dan has been a San Francisco Police Officer for 23 years. His assignments have included: SFO, several district stations, and the Tactical Unit. Dan promoted to Sergeant in 2011 and was assigned to the Bayview Station Investigation Team; he then moved into a supervisory position of the Plainclothes Team at Bayview Station until he was selected to supervise the SFPD Marine Unit where he has been since August of 2013.

Dan is a graduate from California State University Sacramento (1991) where he received a degree in Criminal Justice. Dan has also been a member of the SFPOA Board of Directors for several years and continues to serve on various SFPOA committees. Dan became one of the Central Directors in the Spring of 2016 and Treasurer in 2017, and is looking forward to working with the Board of Directors to promote safe boating within the State of California.


Executive Director - Eric Ledesma
Lieutenant Eric Ledesma began his career as a police officer with the Long Beach Police Department in 1990. His assignment have included working as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Bicycle Patrol, Detective Gang Enforcement Section, Officer Special Enforcement Section, Special Weapons and Tactics Team member and Sergeant, Sergeant Patrol Division, Detective Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant for the Chief of Police, Lieutenant Patrol Division, Critical Incident Management Team, Office of Counter Terrorism, Commander Detective Division, and was moved to run operations as the Lieutenant of the Port Police Division in 2013.

Lieutenant Ledesma holds an Associate Arts Degree in Police Science from Fullerton College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice/Sociology from California State University Long Beach, a Master’s Degree in Public Police and Administration from California State University Long Beach. He is a graduate of University of Southern California CREATE Program, the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, F.B.I. National Academy, Secret Service Dignitary Protection Course, Anti-Defamation League Counter Terrorism Course, USCG 100 Captains Course. Eric has previously served as CBSOA Southern Director.

Director at Large – Jennifer Spearal
Corporal Jennifer Spearel grew up on the east coast and has extensive experience in recreational sailing. She moved to San Diego in 1996 and worked at the San Diego Maritime Museum where she had the unique opportunity to sail aboard the historical sailing vessel The Star of India.

Jennifer has been employed as an officer with the San Diego Harbor Police since 2002. In addition to patrol duties, she is a vessel trainer and boat school instructor for the Harbor Police. Jennifer became a member of the vessel collision investigation team after attending the basic and advanced vessel collision courses through NASBLA. She received certification through the USCG as a licensed captain in 2008. Jennifer has been a member of the CBSOA since 2006 and on the Board of Directors since 2012.


Northern Director - Rob Sandbloom
Rob S.Sergeant Rob Sandbloom has been with Shasta County Sheriff’s department full time since 1999. He supervises full time and seasonal deputies assigned to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Boating Safety Unit.  He also works the Dive Team, All-Terrain Motorcycle Unit and as Search and Rescue Coordinator. He teaches Inland Boating Operations for the Division of Boating and Waterways.

Rob started as an Explorer with Shasta on the lake with the Boating Safety Unit.  He spent 4 years in the Marine Corps as Military Police, a Parachute Rigger and a Combat Water Safety Swimmer. Past assignments include the Custody Division on the Custody Emergency Response Team and a K-9 agitator. Rob has worked patrol as a deputy and FTO. He became the Boating Safety Unit Watch Commander in 2009 and joined CBSOA the same year. Rob looks forward to being a Northern Director for CBSOA and instructor for DBW, bringing professional and standardized training to boating officers in California.

Fun Fact:  In his off time, Rob enjoys spending it with his son, camping, paddle boarding and kayaking. His father was an original Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team member and a Search and Rescue Member. Rob is now the coordinator for both of those teams.


Northern Director – Scott Krelle
ScottScott Krelle has been a member of the CBSOA and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit since 2012. Having always loved being on the water and an avid boater, he appreciates the opportunity to work in the marine environment. Scott is passionate about having consistent and exceptional law enforcement presence on the waterways of Butte County. He also looks for ways to improve training and obtain new equipment for his unit. He is proud to be part of the CBSOA and is looking forward to growth in membership and increased networking opportunities for its members.


guthrieCentral Director - David Guthrie
David Guthrie is a US Air Force veteran and has been a deputy sheriff in Sacramento County since 1998. He has worked in the marine detail since 2005. He is an instructor for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the National Safe Boating Council. David has been a CBSOA member since 2005 and served as the training coordinator from 2013 to 2015. He successfully completed all the requirements and testing to be issued a US Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Credential in 2017.


Central Director – Rick Hubbard
Rick Hubbard has worked for the Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol Office since 2001, and has been a member of CBSOA since 1999. Prior to Santa Barbara, Rick worked for two years as a Ventura Harbor Patrol Officer, and prior to that worked as an environmental scientist after graduating from UCLA. Rick also worked as a Long Beach Lifeguard from 1984 to 2000.

Rick has been an Emergency Medical Technician (since 1985), USLA lifeguard (since 1984), and a First Aid CPR/AED instructor. He has also held a U.S. Coast Guard Masters License, 100 ton, since 1993. Rick was recognized as California Boating Safety Officer Association Officer of the Year in 2004 for rescuing a disabled boater caught in a storm.

Southern Director - William "Billy" Poe
Billy Poe has worked for San Bernardino County Sheriff for 3 years,two of those in the Marine unit. He is a member of the dive rescue team and teaches Boating Under the Influence investigation for DBW. Billy was a lateral from Mohave county sheriff, where he worked for just over 7 years, full time in the Marine unit for 4 years. Billy was a training officer for the western Arizona law enforcement training academy and an Air Force veteran, 6 years active and 6 reservists. Billy works on Lake Havasu and is also a part of the Colorado River Law Enforcement Association.


Southern Director-Tracy Hild
Tracy Hild, originally from Campbell California, moved to southern California in 1985 to attend Cal State Northridge on a swimming scholarship. She graduated in 1992 with a Liberal Arts degree and was going to be a teacher, but lifeguarding was her passion so she decided to make a career out of it. She became a Los Angeles Lake Lifeguard at Castaic Lake in 1987. She started as a tower guard and worked up the ranks. Tracy currently is the Supervising Lake Lifeguard at Castaic lake. Tracy worked in Patrol Boat operations as a Senior Lake Lifeguard since 1990. Tracy was a member of the Los Angeles County Dive team for 11 years and graduated as Outstanding graduate from the Los Angeles County's Underwater Instructor Candidate Course back in 1995. She continues to teach SCUBA to this day.

Tracy was President of the LA County Lake Lifeguard Association, where she represented lifeguards during salary negotiations and did legislative lobbying in Sacramento. She was a member of CBSOA in the mid 1990's and has currently joined again to represent the Lake Lifeguard community and the inland water Boating Safety Officers. Tracy believes the CBSOA organization was developed to represent ALL agencies that work as Patrol Boat Operators: Police, Lifeguard, Fire Fighter or Coast Guard. Tracy will do her best to support not only the Southern Section waters of CBSOA, but the whole organization. She would like to thank you for allowing her to continue as a representative on the 2017-2018 CBSOA Board.


Training Director-Tyler Bengard
Tyler Bengard has been employed by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department since January 2006. He was assigned to the West Valley Detention Center as a Deputy where he spent most of his time in intake processing recently arrested individuals. He transferred to patrol and worked numerous stations in the county, certified in the county wide gang program SMASH, San Bernardino Movement Against Street Hoodlums and becoming a Field Training Officer. He furthered his accident investigation skills while at Chino Hills by completing the major vehicle accident reconstruction course.
He joined the Marine Enforcement unit in February 2014 and has recently become a member of the CBSOA and was designated Training Officer by the Board of Directors in 2017.







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