Mr. Kernan was appointed by Governor Brown in January 2016 to the position of Secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Mr. Kernan was appointed by Governor Brown in April 2015 to the position of Undersecretary, Operations for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Mr. Kernan held that position before his retirement in October 2011.
Scott Kernan was appointed as Undersecretary of Operations for the California Department of Corrections on September 12, 2009 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He began his career with CDCR as a Correctional Officer in 1983 at San Quentin State Prison and has served in many capacities over the last 28 years. Prior to his current appointment he served as the Chief Deputy Secretary, Director, Deputy Director, and Associate Director for the Division of Adult Institutions. Mr. Kernan was the warden at California State Prison – Sacramento (New Folsom) and Mule Creek State Prison. Mr. Kernan has served as a policy level decision maker for the 33 adult prisons, Adult Parole, Juvenile Division, Program Services, Health Care Operations, Board of Parole Hearings, Prison Industry Authority and Office of Correctional Safety. Mr. Kernan performed executive oversight over the California Out of State Program, Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS) (largest correctional IT project in CDCR history), and lead executive in development of major legislative initiatives to reduce overcrowding and address historic economic down-turn, including California’s current AB-109 – Realignment of low end offenders to local jurisdiction. Mr. Kernan sat on the Sex Offender Management Board and the Corrections Standard Authority (CSA). He was a primary spokesman for CDCR to the legislature and media.
Mr. Kernan retired from State service on March 30, 2011 and left the Department on October 1, 2011 to pursue private sector consulting services.
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.