Securing LA in the Era of the Olympics
May 7, 2019
Lundring Events Center, Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks (Google Maps)
- Jeff Gorell - Deputy Mayor, City of Los Angeles
The Honorable Jeff Gorell has been a state assembly member, criminal prosecutor, university professor and military intelligence officer. As Los Angeles’ deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety, he supervises a staff of 65 and oversees programs with more than 30,000 city employees, including the police, fire and emergency management departments. The Mayor’s Office of Public Safety also houses LA’s Gang Reduction Youth Development program, the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team, LA Cyber Lab, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience, and three federally funded homeland security and counterterrorism programs. Gorell sits on the Executive Steering Council of the U.S. Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and serves as chief administrator of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Area Security Initiative. He and his senior staff coordinate with regional, state and federal agencies to ensure that Los Angeles is prepared for public safety emergencies and natural disasters.
Gorell is also in the U.S. Navy Reserve and has been deployed twice to Afghanistan, where he was decorated for leadership in a combat zone. He is currently the commanding officer of a Pacific Fleet intelligence unit in San Diego with more than 75 officers and enlisted personnel. He earned his BA in history from the University of California, Davis, and his JD from University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law. He lives in Camarillo and has two young sons, Jack and Steven.