Scott Kernan, CEO, brings nearly 35 years of experience in corrections and public safety to LEO Technologies. As the former Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Mr. Kernan is an expert in correctional policy. He also brings with him a lifetime of relationships with strategic partners in the public safety sector, including inmate phone service providers.
Mr. Kernan began his career with CDCR as a correctional officer in 1983 at San Quentin State Prison. Mr. Kernan went on to serve as Warden at California State Prison-Sacramento and Mule Creek State Prison. Mr. Kernan became Deputy Director of Adult Institutions in 2006 and Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Operations in 2007.
In the areas of policy and technology, Mr. Kernan has been a driving force behind major initiatives. He oversaw the Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS), the largest correctional IT project in CDCR history. Mr. Kernan also served as lead in the development of major legislative initiatives to reduce overcrowding and address the historic economic downturn. This included California’s current AB-109 (“Realignment”), which diverts low-end offenders to local jurisdictions. He sat on the Sex Offender Management Board and the Corrections Standard Authority (CSA), and also acted as primary spokesperson for CDCR to the legislature and media.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Kernan as Undersecretary of Operations for CDCR in 2009. After retiring in 2011 and pursuing consultant opportunities, he was called back to public service in 2016 and appointed Secretary of CDCR by Governor Jerry Brown. In this role, Secretary Kernan was responsible for more than 200,000 inmates, 69,000 employees, and a $12.5 billion budget. Mr. Kernan retired in 2018 and joined LEO Technologies in 2019.
Executive Vice President of Technology
Chief Scott Edson retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) in March of 2017 after over 39 years of honorable and exemplary service. His last position with the Sheriff’s Department was Chief of Special Operations Division which included Counterterrorism, SWAT, Air Operations, Crime Analysis and Intelligence, Street Gang Investigations, Emergency Management, Crisis Negotiations, Arson and Explosives, and Mental Evaluation Field Teams. Prior assignments on the LASD included technology, communications, law enforcement information sharing, emergency management, investigations, patrol, and custody.
Chief Edson remains an active member of the Police Executive Research Forum, National Sheriffs’ Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major County Sheriffs’ Association, Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, and several others. He is also on the Board of Governors of the Global Society of Homeland and National Security Professionals, and Chairman of the Board of the International Public Safety Association.
Steven H. Cook
Board of Directors, Advisory Member
Retired Associate Deputy Attorney General Steven H. Cook served with the US Department of Justice for 33 years. Most recently, Mr. Cook led two of the DOJ’s priority programs—violent crime reduction and strengthening the Department’s relationship with law enforcement.
For 30 years prior to that assignment, Mr. Cook served in the field as a federal prosecutor, handling a wide range of matters including RICO, white-collar crime, multi-million dollar fraud, public corruption, violent crime, and cases for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. For eight years, he served as the chief of the Criminal Division, overseeing Federal prosecutors in three offices in his district. In these positions, he received dozens of awards and letters of commendation, including the Director’s Award for Superior Performance in connection with his work prosecuting violent gang members. He is also the immediate past president of the National Association of Assistant US Attorneys.
Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Cook clerked for a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Mr. Cook earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence with high honors from the University of Tennessee in 1984, where he was a member of the Tennessee Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Prior to his judicial clerkship, Mr. Cook worked as a police officer for seven years and served in nearly every capacity, including corrections, patrol, traffic, crime analysis, and planning and research.
Mr. Cook was chosen as one of The Politico’s 50in 2017 for his work on national criminal justice issues. He has testified multiple times before Congress in connection with proposed criminal justice legislation, including bills involving the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and sentencing reform. He has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and television programs with regional and national audiences (including the O’Reilly Factor and Sean Hannity Show). He has also appeared as a frequent panelist on forums and discussion panels (including programs hosted by The Washington Post,Atlantic Magazine, Hastings Law Journal, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference). Finally, for more than twenty years, Mr. Cook has served as a speaker or instructor at hundreds of events across the country, from those with international audiences to local police academies and training events.