LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today appointed Jeff Gorell as his new Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety, effective July 6, 2015. Gorell is a former California State legislator who also served as a military intelligence officer and a deputy district attorney.
"The safety of Los Angeles is my top priority, and I'm honored to have Jeff Gorell join my administration," said Mayor Garcetti. "With his experience as an assemblymember, prosecutor, and decorated Naval officer, Jeff is the right person to lead my office of Homeland Security and Public Safety."
As Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety, Gorell will advise the Mayor on policy related to and oversee the departments of Police, Fire, and Emergency Management, and he will also coordinate with other regional, state, and federal agencies to ensure Los Angeles is safe and fully prepared for any emergency.
“I’m deeply honored to have been asked by Mayor Garcetti to serve his Administration and the City of Los Angeles in this important role," said Gorell. “The Mayor has made protecting the public the highest priority, and part of his ‘Back to Basics’ approach to governance includes common sense ideas to help improve public safety by reducing response times, expanding relationship-based policing, broadening early intervention programs, and creating greater collaboration among public safety partners."
Gorell was a member of the California State Assembly, representing the 37th and 44th District, from 2010 to 2014. Previously, he was a Deputy District Attorney in Ventura County, serving in the Major Narcotics and Serious and Violent Felony Units. Gorell is also a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and was deployed twice to Afghanistan, in 2001-2002 and 2011-2012.
Gorell earned his B.A. in history from the University of California, Davis and his J.D. from University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law. He lives in Camarillo with his wife Laura and their three children.