Ahern, 50, a Republican from Livermore, has been sheriff since last year, and has worked for the sheriff’s office for 28 years including stints running the county’s jails and various patrol and investigation duties. The council meets at least once a year to advise the governor on emergency preparedness issues, and is convened to advise the governor during actual emergencies. This position doesn’t require state Senate confirmation and doesn’t come with a salary.
Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.