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Sheriff's Council - Directors

Jay Williams, President

Tom Keith, Vice President

Rick Brown, Secretary

Chris Altobell, Past President and Treasurer

Darrell Williams

Dave Lawson

Craig Lyman

Marie Saunders

Jon Tattersoll

Marcus Graziano

Devon Bell, Undersheriff



Tom Keith, Vice President

Tom Keith joined the Council in August 2009 after donating the production of a Sheriff's Council Promotional DVD on behalf of Soundstrategies located in Loomis, where he holds the position of Visual Communications Director.

Tom attended Sacramento State College majoring in Journalism and Broadcast TV Production. He was employed at KOVR-TV in Sacramento for seventeen years, occupying various positions including Public Affairs Programming Director, Newscast Director, and Commercial Producer/Director.

After leaving KOVR, Tom operated Tom Keith Mobile Marketing, an independent television production company which was launched in 1988. Tom has lived with his wife Joan in the South Placer community of Granite Bay since 1971. Their son Kevin is a Placer County Deputy Sheriff who also worked as a DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer.

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Rick Brown, Secretary

Rick and his wife Susan have been Loomis residents since 2002. A native Californian, Rick went to UC Berkeley earning a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and was the Chairman of the student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers at UC Berkeley. Rick spent his career in technical and later senior management roles in the data storage and IT industries including co-founding a data storage company. Rick currently works in Folsom.

Rick’s hobbies include sports car racing, aviation, golf and travel. Rick is also a board member and Secretary of the Sacramento Chapter of the Sports Car Club of America which organizes annual charity motorsports events in support of Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Rancho Cordova Police Activities League. Rick’s professional affiliations include the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Sports Car Club of America, Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Rick’s parents live in Roseville and Rick and his family embrace the lifestyle and sense of community one experiences as a Placer County resident. He appreciates the opportunity the Placer County Sheriff’s Council provides to give something back to that community.

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Darrell Williams

Darrell and his wife Trudy moved from Irvine to Auburn in 2000. Darrell was born in Emporia, Kansas and graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. After graduation Darrell joined the  Navy accepting a commission as Ensign and entered the Air Officer's Candidate School.

After leaving the Navy, Darrell and Trudy moved to Irvine, California where they raised their two children. They also started a business and became involved in community activities. Darrell coached youth soccer and baseball. He served on the Board of Directors of the local YMCA, and was the Chief Coach for Irvine's American Youth Soccer Organization. Currently the family operates two businesses in the Auburn area.

As a director on the Placer County Sheriff's Council, Darrell serves as a co-director of the 2011 Community Services Expo and Car Show. It is through the businesses that his interaction with the sheriff's department led to his appreciation of the Sheriff's Office professionalism and dedication.

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Chris Altobell, Past President, Treasurer

Chris Altobell currently serves as President of the Placer County Sheriff's Council.

He owns a Farmers Insurance Agency in Roseville where he helps families and business owners build walls of protection for their most treasured assets.

Chris is active in the local community as a youth soccer coach and participates in the Roseville Chamber of Commerce's BECOME committee, which helps build partnerships between local schools and businesses.

Chris moved to Granite Bay in 1999 with his wife Sue. They have an 11-year old daughter, Sydney and a nine-year old son, Casey.

Chris earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from St. Mary's College of California.

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Devon Bell, Undersheriff

In November of 2007, Sheriff Ed Bonner appointed Assistant Sheriff Devon Bell to the rank of undersheriff. Undersheriff Bell was named Placer County's first-ever assistant sheriff in December, 2006. The position was created because of the county's tremendous growth and need for additional administrative support.

Bell has been with the Sheriff's Department since 1992.

"Devon is a highly respected leader in the Sheriff's Department," said Sheriff Bonner. "His positive attitude, energy and work ethic have been demonstrated throughout his years here. He has a bright future as the newest member of the senior staff."

"We are clearly an agency in transition with all the growth in Placer County," said Bell. "I look forward to being an active participant in managing that growth and planning for the future."

Bell is a Loomis native and a Del Oro High School graduate. He has worked in many capacities within the department, including corrections, patrol and the Special Investigations Unit. As a sergeant, Bell directed the Community Services Unit, which includes school and youth services. He has also served as the administrative support lieutenant and later became a captain overseeing that division. In 2005, Bell graduated from the FBI National Academy. He is also a member of the Auburn Rotary.

Bell and his wife Sue, who is a registered nurse at Shriner's Children's Hospital, live in Roseville with their four children. In his spare time, Bell enjoys spending time with his family and "making sure my kid's lives are as full as possible."

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