Criminal Justice Commission

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The Criminal Justice Commission engages local citizens, community leaders and the organizations they represent in an effort to enhance public safety in Lancaster.

Criminal Justice Commission - Qualifications
Commissioner must be a resident of, or primarily employed in, the City of Lancaster. Elected officials may serve.  Commissioners may serve on more than one commission simultaneously. Compensation: none.

Contact a member of the Criminal Justice Commission: (661) 723-6020



David Vierra (small)

Dr. David Vierra

Jeff Little SmWeb

Jeff Little
Vice Chairman

Mark Brown (small)

Dr. Mark W. Brown


Howard Harris (small)

Howard Harris

Sheldon Carter SmWeb

Sheldon Carter

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Jin Hur

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Liza Rodriguez







The Second Wednesday of Every Month

10:00 a.m.

Lancaster City Hall Council Chambers
44933 North Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534



Criminal Justice Commissioners

Dr. David J. VierraDavid Vierra (large), Chairman

Dr. David Vierra, a
 Lancaster native, is the Superintendent of the Antelope Valley Union High School District. He holds a bachelor's degree in physical education/health from California State University at Northridge, a master's degree in education administration from Azusa Pacific University, and a doctorate in education with an emphasis in administration - urban leadership from Claremont Graduate University.

David has held various positions as both a teacher and administrator for AVUHSD since 1987. Prior to that, he taught at a Department of Defense Dependent School in Germany for three years, in addition to teaching for the Lancaster Elementary School District.

The superintendent is actively involved in the community, serving as a Director for the Antelope Valley Board of Trade and Chairman of the Board's Education Committee. He is also Chairman of the Antelope Valley Cancer society and is a member of the Antelope Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Antelope Valley Human Relations Task Force.

David has also participated in local youth organizations as a coach for basketball, baseball, softball, and soccer. He and his wife, Joy, have three children.


Dr. Mark W. BrownMark Brown (large)

Dr. Mark Brown graduated from Harvard Law School in 1970 and from Dartmouth Medical School in 1982. He also taught as a law professor for four years. Mark has served as a doctor in the emergency room at Antelope Valley Hospital for 22 years. He is currently the Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine.








Sheldon A. CarterSheldon Carter LgWeb

Sheldon Carter, an Antelope Valley resident of 20 years, is a Logistics Engineer/Logistics Program Manager with Northrop Grumman Corporation. He holds an associate’s degree in Avionics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force, a bachelor's degree in Professional Aeronautics Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Project Management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Sheldon has also earned credentials as a Certified Acquisitions Project Manager (CAPM) from the University of California, Irvine.

Sheldon is a retired non-commissioned officer of the US Air Force, where he served 20 years of honorable service to his country as an avionics systems technician, aircraft developmental test evaluator and aircraft operational suitability test program manager.

Sheldon is active within the community as a former candidate for city council, a member of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Community Advisory Council (LSCAC) and Vice President of the Antelope Valley Republican Assembly. Sheldon has also actively participated in local youth organizations as a coach and board member for the West Valley Rebel Youth Football League. He and his wife, Lisa, have one amazing son, Donovan.

As an Antelope Valley resident living, working and raising a family here for the past 20 years, Sheldon is acutely cognizant of how the business community, city residents and government MUST work together to find solutions to continue to move forward economically while preserving and protecting the vitality of the community. Sheldon is committed to being a part of that discussion and helping to shape the solutions.



Howard Harris

Howard Harris has been a resident of Lancaster since 1970. Harris is the Broker/Owner of Antelope Valley Property Management and Harris & Associates Business Brokerage. Antelope Valley Property Management currently manages approximately 200 properties in the Antelope Valley, consisting of both residential and commercial properties. As a business broker, he has sold over 200 businesses throughout the Antelope Valley totaling over 20 million dollars in sales.

Being one of four children of an Antelope Valley Union High School District (AVUHSD) administrator and teacher, Harris was taught at a young age to give back to the community in which you live. Since leaving the aircraft industry in 1989 to pursue a career in real estate as a business broker, he has continued to be involved within the community. Currently, Harris is a member and past President of Lancaster West Rotary, receiving Rotarian of The Year in 2010, and again in 2012. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Antelope Valley Sheriff's Boosters, receiving Booster of the Year in 2013. In January 2013, Harris was appointed to the Antelope Valley Fair Association Board of Directors. He served for three years as a Commissioner on the Lancaster Neighborhood Vitalization Commission prior to his appointment to the Architectural and Design Commission.

Harris lives in Lancaster with his wife Lori and they have three grown daughters.


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Born and raised in South Korea, Jin Hur first moved to the Antelope Valley 1982. Though his educational background is in electronic engineering, he has made a name for himself locally as a master restaurateur, as he is the owner of all of the Crazy Otto’s restaurant locations in the Antelope Valley. He gives back to the community whenever he can, and has been a member of the Antelope Valley’s Sheriff’s Boosters Board for the past five years.









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Liza Rodriguez has been an Antelope Valley Resident for the past eight years and is currently Program Director of the Valley Oasis S.A.R.S. (Sexual Assault Response Services) program.  She has an extensive background in combatting public safety issues, such as human trafficking and domestic assault, and continues to have an active presence in a number of committees which work to protect the safety of the Antelope Valley community. In addition to serving the Lancaster Sherriff’s Station, both as a member of its Community Advisory Committee and a Volunteer on Patrol, Rodriguez is the Board President of Vita Illuminatus, a non-profit which fosters awareness and prevention of human trafficking in the Antelope Valley. 

Rodriguez is also passionate about helping protect and educate Antelope Valley youth. She is a member of an Antelope Valley Hospital sub-advisory committee, which provides information regarding making appropriate choices with drugs and alcohol to middle school-aged children.

Rodriguez is a proud mother of seven and grandmother of two.