Directors

Cesar Romero

President

Deputy Cesar Romero is a 34-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. 

Deputy Romero’s career with the Sheriff’s Department began in 1990, as an Intern assigned to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station. He graduated from the Sheriff’s Academy in 1992 and was assigned to the Wayside Honor Rancho, North Facility, and Men’s Central Jail.  In 1996, Deputy Romero was assigned East Los Angeles Station, working patrol, the VIDA Program and Community Relations.  He transferred to the Success Through Awareness and Resistance (STAR) Unit in 2004, where he partnered with parents, teachers, and the community to provide drug, gang and violence prevention education to students in local schools.

Daniel Vargas

Vice-President

Deputy Daniel Vargas is a 30-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and has been a LASPA member since its inception. Straight out of the academy, he was assigned to Men’s Central Jail and then East Los Angeles Station In 1999. While at East Los Angeles Station, Deputy Vargas worked patrol and then alongside Deputy Cesar Romero in the Vida Program and Community Relations. In this capacity, they had the opportunity to work with the East Los Angeles community, which included surrounding schools, churches, the Boys and Girls Club and the City of Commerce. Deputy Vargas then transferred to the Star Unit where he enjoyed educating children, parents and school administrators about gang violence and drug awareness. 

 

Mario Salazar

Secretary

Sheriff’s Security Officer Mario Salazar is a 21-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He has been assigned to Court Services Bureau and Community College Bureau.  He has been a LASPA member since 2005.

Officer Salazar is currently assigned to a unit where he is the Senior Cadet Coordinator for the Cadet Program.  In this capacity, he trains newly-assigned Sheriff’s Security Officers and hires, mentors and trains student workers assigned to the Cadet Program.  The program is very successful and most of the student workers assigned to the Cadet Program go on to become deputy sheriffs, custody assistants and sheriff’s security officers.

Gustavo Arida

Treasurer

Deputy Gustavo Arida is a 27-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.   After graduating from the academy, Deputy Arida was assigned to custody at the North County Correctional Facility.  He then worked assignments at Compton Station,  Transportation Services Bureau in Downtown Los Angeles and COPS Bureau.

Deputy Arida has been a LASPA Director since 2008.

Raul Guerrero

Director

Deputy Raul Guerrero is a 23-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  He began his career in 2001 as a Sheriff’s Security Officer and became a Deputy in 2005.  Deputy Guerrero has worked assignments at Men’s Central Jail, Century Station, Transportation Bureau, County Services Bureau, Community Partnership Bureau and Walnut Station.

Deputy Guerrero served in the United States Marine Corps, both active and reserve, from 1995-2016, including a combat deployment to Iraq.

Russ Kasparyan

Director

Deputy Kasparyan’ s career with the Sheriff’s Department began in 2013. Straight out of the Sheriff’s Academy, he was assigned to Men’s Central Jail and then Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Court. Deputy Kasparyan spent his patrol time at Altadena Sheriff’s Station and is currently assigned to the Security Operations Unit. Deputy Kasparyan has his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Cal State LA and also holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Cal State University Northridge.

Victor Palacios

Director

vpalacios@laspa.org

Lieutenant Victor Palacios is a 28-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He has worked assignments at Men’s Central Jail, Norwalk Station, where he was a Field Training Officer, Transit Services Bureau, where he was a motorcycle officer and East Los Angeles Station. In 2016 he was promoted to Sergeant, assigned to Men’s Central Jail and in July of 2022 was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Pico Rivera Station.  

Staff Members

Jessica Miranda

Administrative Director

jmiranda@laspa.org

Staff is available after hours and weekends via phone or text
323-578-2359

Patricia Rivera

Administrative Manager

privera@laspa.org

Staff is available after hours and weekends via phone or text
323-896-3060

Tacye Contreras

Employee
Website Content Developer

tcontreras@laspa.org

Staff is available after hours and weekends via phone or text
626-484-7201

Shelby Contreras

Insurance Coordinator

scontreras@laspa.org