March 24 – Police – PO3
State & Federal Oversight of Police Agencies Following a Critical Incident – Could it Happen to You?
Speaker: Gregory Priamos
Given the present climate in police-community relations, it is not uncommon for a law enforcement agency to face protests and ever increasing calls for state, federal and/or civilian oversight following a widely publicized officer-involved death. This webinar will present a case study of one suburban, Southern California city that faced such a challenge, the policing issues involved, the competing state and federal interests, the resulting reforms, and the lessons learned as told by the city attorney who negotiated the stipulated judgment and its dissolution five years later.
Gregory Priamos, since July of 2014, he has been the County Counsel for the County of Riverside. He is the legal advisor of the Board of Supervisors and represents the County and the County’s officers and employees acting in their official capacities. The County of Riverside is currently the 4th largest county in the State of California by population and the 10th largest in the country. The County Counsel’s Office presently employs 46 lawyers in addition to support staff in 4 offices spread throughout the county which encompasses nearly 7,500 square miles.
Prior to his appointment as County Counsel, Mr. Priamos served as the City Attorney of the City of Riverside. He is the first Riverside County Counsel to have served as Riverside City Attorney and the first Riverside City Attorney to have also served as Riverside County Counsel. He was appointed City Attorney in 2001and served until July of 2014 when he resigned to accept his appointment as County Counsel. Prior to his appointment as City Attorney, he held the position of Supervising Deputy City Attorney in charge of the Litigation Services Section and began his career in the Riverside City Attorney’s Office in 1993. Before joining the City Attorney’s Office, he was a senior associate at the municipal law firm of Burke, Williams & Sorensen in its Los Angeles office.
He has also been an active member of the City Attorneys’ Department of the League of California Cities. In 2013/14, he served as the President of the City Attorneys’ Department after serving as First Vice President and Second Vice President beginning in 2011. As President, he was responsible for the 2014 publication of Practicing Ethics: A Handbook for Municipal Lawyers, 2nd Edition. He has also chaired the Department committee responsible for drafting the League’s first treatise on public records, The People’s Business: A User’s Guide to the California Public Records Act. He has also chaired the Department’s Legal Advocacy Committee, a group of twenty-one city attorneys who engage in advocacy on behalf of all California Cities before the state and federal courts.
Mr. Priamos received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in political science Cum Laude from the University of Southern California.