Board Members

bob-guthriePresident: Chief John N. Incontro, San Marino
Chief John N. Incontro began his law enforcement career in 1976 as a Cadet with the Glendale Police Department. In 1979 John joined the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). His tenure with the LAPD included significant experience in patrol operations, administrative duties, training and special operations. From October 2004 until December 2014, John served as a Captain with the LAPD and held command assignments leading Patrol operations in Pacific and Mission Areas along with Training Division, the elite Metropolitan Division and Emergency Services Division. Following his retirement from the LAPD, he was appointed the Chief of Police for the San Marino Police Department in December 2014.

While working for LAPD Incontro obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Los Angeles and a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne. He has completed the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Leadership Program. He has been an instructor for over 20 years in that program and its companion program – the Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Program.

John has been an instructor and presented at several conferences in the areas of leadership, use of force, crowd management, tactics, school safety and other policing subjects to numerous agencies and organizations. Those groups have included the Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, along with various other State and local agencies.

John is currently a member of the Federal InterAgency Board as a Deputy Co-Chair, and a member of the Homeland Security Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Additionally, he is a member of Rotary International, San Marino Chapter, California Police Chiefs Association and the President of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association.

sharon-papa1st Vice President: Chief Sharon Papa, Hermosa Beach
Chief Sharon Papa has worked in law enforcement for more than 38 years and currently serves as the Chief of Police in the City of Hermosa Beach. She previously worked at the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Police Department and the Santa Monica Police Department. She worked a variety of assignments throughout her career including Patrol, Detectives, Recruitment and Training, and a variety of administrative and special assignments. She spent eight years as the Chief of the Transit Police Department prior to the merger of that agency with the Los Angeles County Sheriff and the Los Angeles Police Department. Chief Papa transferred to the LAPD at the rank of Commander, eventually becoming the first female officer promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief.

Chief Papa was selected to serve as the Chief of Police in the City of Hermosa Beach in 2013. Since her appointment, she has focused her efforts on recruiting and mentoring staff and improving Community Outreach to strengthen relationships and partnerships with residents and businesses. She is active in many professional organizations. She is a Board Member of the Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County where she was elected to serve as president for two separate terms. She spends a significant amount of time mentoring both sworn and civilian members of police agencies throughout LA County to assist in developing the future leaders in our profession.

keith-kauffman2nd Vice President: Chief Keith Kauffman, Redondo Beach
KEITH KAUFFMAN has been a police officer since 1994 for the City of Hawthorne. His experience encompasses an array of assignments including patrol, gangs, narcotics, SWAT and more. He has served as a team-member and commander and is a two-time “Medal of Valor” recipient. He achieved the rank of Captain in 2008 and began working on the Coffee with a Cop program in 2011. Chief Kauffman holds a BA Degree from UCLA in Spanish Literature/Linguistics and an MS Degree from CSDHU in Negotiations/Conflict Management. He is also the 2014 graduate of the California POST Command College, Class 55, and winner of the Dorothy Harris Award for his published journal article.

Chief Kauffman was selected as the new Chief of Police for the Redondo Beach Police Department, CA in October of 2015.



bob-guthrieImmediate Past President: Chief Bob Guthrie, Arcadia
Chief Bob Guthrie was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, and began working for the Arcadia Police Department, as a police cadet, in 1989 before being hired as a police officer for the City of Arcadia in 1991. Throughout his career, he has worked a variety of assignments in both the Operations and Administration Divisions, to include: Patrol Team Supervisor and Watch Commander, Detective Bureau Supervisor and Commander, Community Services Supervisor, SWAT Team Leader and Commander, Field Training Officer Commander, Force Training Unit Supervisor and Commander, and Administration Commander.

In April 2011, Chief Guthrie was appointed to the position of Interim Police Chief for the Arcadia Police Department, and in August of 2011 was appointed to the position permanently. He is the sitting president of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association, and is a past president of the San Gabriel Valley Police Chiefs’ Association. Chief Guthrie is also a member of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, the National Tactical Officers’ Association, the California Association of Tactical Officers, the California Police Chiefs’ Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Chief Guthrie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. He is a graduate of the California POST Executive Development Course, the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Course, and teaches tactical science courses to law enforcement officers, supervisors, commanders, and executives alike. He is also a past graduate of the Rio Hondo Police Academy, Class 106.