Board of Trustees

The PORAC Legal Defense Fund is run by cops, for cops. The Board of Trustees is comprised of five active and working full-time public safety officers. The Board governs the operation of the Fund, and acts as the hearing panel for any member benefit appeals.

The current elected Board of Trustees is:

Region 1


San Mateo Co DSA

2421 Broadway Street

Redwood City, CA 94063

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Region 2

Dustin Smith

Sacramento Police Officer’s Association

550 Bercut Drive Ste A

Sacramento, CA 95811

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Region 3


Simi Valley Police Officer’s Association

PO Box 616

Simi Valley, CA 93062

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Chris Coulter has been a Police Officer for 22 years. He was hired by the City of San Bernardino in 1991 and lateraled to the Simi Valley Police Department in 1994. He has held assignments in Patrol, Vice, Gang Suppression, Problem Oriented Policing, and is currently assigned as a Motor Officer and Accident Investigator. Chris has been a board member of the Simi Valley Police Officers’ Association for seven years where he has served as a uniformed representative, Secretary, and was just re-elected to his fourth consecutive term as President. During this tenure, he has presided over two local civic election campaigns, contract negotiations, and several issues involving the use of LDF and members of the SVPOA. He is also an active representative to the Tri-Counties Chapter of PORAC’s Region Three.

Region 4


Chairman Chula Vista Police Officer’s Association

PO Box 848

Chula Vista, CA 91912

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Chairman Fred Rowbotham is a full time police officer with the Chula Vista Police Department, currently assigned the Traffic Bureau as a Motor Agent.  During his 18 years of service, he has received numerous awards from the community and the department for meritorious service, most notably the Burn Institute’s “Spirit Of Courage Award” for rescuing a family from a house fire.  Agent Rowbotham is a California POST Certified instructor. In addition to his duties at PORAC and the Chula Vista Police Department, Agent Rowbotham is the President of the Chula Vista Police Officer’s Association. The Chula Vista Police Officer’s Association is the recognized bargaining agent for all ranks within the City of Chula Vista Police Department up to the rank of Captain and proudly boasts 100 % membership. 

Chairman Rowbotham was elected to the PORAC Legal Defense Fund Board of Trustees in 2010. In 2013 he was elected Chairman of the Board, the position he currently holds. Chairman Rowbotham has maintained continuous membership in PORAC and PORAC LDF for the entirety of his professional law enforcement career dating back to 1997.  Prior to entering law enforcement, Chairman Rowbotham was a proud member of the UFCW local 135, AFL-CIO.

Chairman Rowbotham is focused on providing our members the highest level of outstanding legal representation available anywhere. He is committed to making PORAC LDF available to as many public safety officers across the country as possible.  If you, or someone you know is a public safety official in any capacity and do not already have this important benefit please contact PORAC Legal Defense and explore membership.

PORAC Board Representative


Oakland Police Officer's Association

555 5th Street

Oakland, CA 94607

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Barry has been with the Oakland Police Department since he graduated the Oakland
Police Academy in 2000. Following graduation, he served in the Patrol Division, Traffic
Division, and Criminal Investigation Division. In 2006 he was promoted to Sergeant.

Barry has been a board member of the Oakland Police Officers’ Association (OPOA)
since 2005. In January 2012, he became President of the OPOA, prior to that he was
the OPOA Vice President for three years and OPOA Secretary for one year. He has
served on his association’s bargaining team since 2006 and has represented Oakland
Police Officers in disciplinary proceedings for over a decade. Barry is also a Director-
At-Large on the PORAC Board of Directors.


The Board of Trustees generally meets monthly, in diverse locations throughout the United States. Members are encouraged to attend this year's meetings.