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Candidate Forum – Santa Clara County Sheriff

September 24, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Candidate Forum
Santa Clara County Sheriff

Laurie Smith & John Hirokawa

Moderator: Dr. Garrick Percival, Associate Professor and Director for the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at SJSU

Monday, September 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Co-sponsored by Kids in Common, Destination: Home, and SVCN
Join us to meet and learn from the candidates for Santa Clara County Sheriff — Sheriff Laurie Smith and Former Undersheriff and Chief of Department of Correction John Hirokawa will face off in November. Together we’ll learn how each may approach the role of Sheriff in the future and the impacts their election could have on the nonprofit sector in Santa Clara County.

The forum will focus on issues that address the alignment between equity and justice, and the future direction of the office that oversees jail services, sexual assault felony enforcement, jail and gang investigations, domestic violence, and many other County law enforcement services.

As nonprofits, many of us intersect with the justice system in serving our clients on issues of homelessness, mental health, bail reform, inmate disproportionality, structural racism, immigration, jail reform, recidivism, re-entry services among other issues.

We hope you will be part of this very important discussion on the future of countywide leadership in the Sheriff’s Office.

The Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits champions the interest of nonprofits in Silicon Valley. SVCN works to ensure the nonprofit sector’s voice is heard and that solutions are developed in ways in which everybody wins.


John Hirokawa
John Hirokawa is a law enforcement veteran with nearly 40 years of experience in the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. He has served across the department, most recently as Undersheriff, the second-ranking official in the department, and Chief of the Department of Correction, reporting to the Sheriff and the Board of Supervisors and overseeing the department’s 1800 sworn and civilian personnel and an annual budget of over $350 million.

John has experience in many aspects of the department’s operations, including jails, courts, detectives, intelligence, vice, special operations and community relations. He has been an active community volunteer with dozens of local organizations and programs, including many that focus on helping at-risk youth stay out of trouble. He is a graduate of San Jose State University and the FBI National Academy.

Laurie Smith
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith has spent her entire professional career with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. In the 1970s, she was one of the first female deputies to perform patrol and undercover functions. On December 15, 1998, Laurie Smith was elected to serve as Santa Clara County’s 28th Sheriff becoming the first female Sheriff in California’s history, and has been re-elected for four additional terms.

Laurie Smith graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice, and later received her Master’s Degree in Management from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the State of California Command College, the FBI National Executive Institute and the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley. She is currently a Master’s candidate at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

There is no fee for this event but space is limited. Please RSVP.


September 24, 2018
9:00 am - 10:30 am


Silicon Valley Council of Non-profits
(408) 260-3915


Sobrato Center for Non-profits
1400 Parkmoor Ave
San Jose, CA 95126 United States
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