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.