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2024-2025 CALI Election Slate & Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Published on 10/2/2023
The California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI) Elections Committee is pleased to announce the election candidates for the 2024-2025 term. Please take a moment to read the Candidate Statements before casting your vote.

In addition to the Board elections, the ballot includes the proposed revisions to the CALI Bylaws listed below.

All Active and Lifetime Members are eligible voting members and will receive the Official CALI ballot by email on Monday, October 30, 2023. Voting closes Friday, November 17, 2023, at 5:00 PM (PT).

Slate of Candidates
All positions are two-year terms beginning January 1, 2024, and ending December 31, 2025.

Frank Huntington, III CPI, Sacramento District

Vice President of Administrative Services
Lee Wolfe, CPI, Redding/Chico District

Vice President of Investigative Services
Roberto Rivera, CPI, San Jose District

Mayra Mira, North Bay District

Anne Fields, San Jose District

Director-at-Large (Two Positions)

Chad Ragan, Central Coast District
Jay Rosenzweig, CPI, Los Angeles District
Central Coast Director
Brian Bishop
Shannon Tulloss

East Bay Director
Charles Rafferty

Golden Valley Director

Inland Empire Director
Dan Alvarez

Los Angeles Director
Howard Dratch, CPI

North Bay Director
Suzie Short

Orange Director
David Williams
Redding/Chico Director
Stacy Burgess

Sacramento Director
Anna Stowe

San Diego Director
Jay Paulino, CPI

San Francisco Director
Lindon Lilly

San Joaquin South Director
Mitchell Rowland

San Jose Director
Tracey Kroot

South Bay/Long Beach Director
Mason Washington

Proposed CALI Bylaws Amendments

The CALI Board of Directors recommends the following changes to the CALI Bylaws. Members have a two-week period to review these proposed changes and ask questions to the Bylaws Committee Chair, Anne Fields, at before voting electronically starting Monday, October 30, 2023.

Important reminder in reference to Bylaw 7.04 District Meetings and Elections
If the voting membership approves bylaw amendment 7.04, any reference to the District Governor will be removed from bylaws 5.02, 5.03, 5.04, 5.05, 5.06, 5.08, 9.05, and 11.02, thereby amending these bylaws. Likewise, by voting to approve bylaw amendment 7.04, the District Director will be added to bylaws 9.03, 9.08, 9.09, 9.10, and 9.11, thereby amending these bylaws. If bylaw amendment 7.04 is not approved, no modifications to the bylaws mentioned above will be made.

The new Bylaw language is in blue and underlined. The deletions to the Bylaws are struck out in red.


7.04 District Mixers & Administration. 
Meetings and Elections

- Each district shall hold a minimum of one (1) district mixer per year. A district mixer shall be defined and amended as needed by the board of directors.educational meeting during the year year and one election meeting, which shall be held before December 31 of each year, but no earlier than 60 days prior to December 31 for the purpose of electing a District Director and Governor. The District Director may also serve as the District Governor. Eligibility for District Director and District Governor shall conform to membership and eligibility requirements as set forth in these Bylaws. Eligible voting members must be affiliated with the district in which they vote for District Governor orDirector and must meet voting and eligibility requirements as prescribed by these Bylaws. The election of the District Director shall be held in the same manner, time and ballot as the Officers and Directors at Large.  meeting for the District Director and District Governor may be held either in person or electronically.

The Governor of each district shall serve a two-year term, beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31 of the second year. The term of Governor will coincide with the term of the Director.


5.02 Active Membership.

- Any Qualified Manager who is licensed by the State of California to practice Private Investigations shall be eligible for active membership. The membership is taken as an individual and is not transferable. Active members shall have the right to vote and hold office, to include the position of District Governor. Non-resident members may not hold office.


5.03 Associate Membership.

- Any individual who resides in, or whose principal place of business is outside the state of, California who is qualified under the respective laws or regulations to operate as a Private Investigator shall be eligible for associate membership. Associate members shall NOT have the right to vote. Associate members shall not have the right to hold office, to include the position of District Governor.


5.04 Affiliate Membership.

- Any individual who does not qualify for Active or Associate membership, but who is an employee or a non-Qualified Manager, officer, owner or partner of a licensed private investigator or is an employee of a state, federal, county, municipal, or proprietary agency exempted for licensure is eligible for Affiliate membership. Affiliate members shall not have the right to vote or hold office, to include District Governor.


5.05 Service and Industry Membership.

- Any individual who provides services and/or materials relating to the investigative industry, and who, under a separate entity, provides services which do not require private investigators license from the State of California, is eligible for service and industry membership. Service and industry members shall not have the right to vote or hold office, to include District Governor.



5.06 Pre-Licensed Membership.

- Any individual who does not qualify for Active, Associate or Affiliate membership and: 1. Is currently enrolled, in a private or state university, community college or private accredited vocational institute and undertaking a course in criminal justice and/or a similar investigation discipline, Criminology, Juris Doctorate or a Forensic Discipline, or; 2. Has completed a course of study and received a certificate or diploma from any of the above categories and does not yet qualify to take the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) Licensed Investigator examination; or; 3. has met all of the minimum requirements for licensure, has received approval of their application for licensure by BSIS, and is eligible to take the BSIS private investigation examination is eligible for Pre- Licensed membership. Pre-Licensed members shall not have the right to vote or hold office, to include District Governor. Pre-Licensed members shall not have access to the association listserv but they will have access to the CALI Members-Only section of the CALI Website.


5.08 CALI Affiliated Specialty Associations.

- An honorary membership may be granted by the Board of Directors. It is limited to name only and carries no privileges of membership. Honorary memberships may be revoked at any time by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may designate non-competing organizations of investigative and/or legal specialization fields as CALI Affiliated Specialty Associations. Examples of such organizations which are illustrative rather than restrictive, include associations of criminal defense investigators, fraud examiners, document examiners, and other expert witnesses. The Board of Directors may make policies and rules governing the extent of participation in programs and activities of CALI, including but not limited to setting discounts and/or incentives to join CALI in other membership categories, regulations concerning participation of a CASA in legislative programs and activities, and participation in CALI member benefit programs. Members of a CASA shall not have a vote at any CALI district or statewide meeting and may not hold any office in CALI as a Director, or Officer or Governor unless they are also Active or Associate members meeting the appropriate criteria under Sections 5.02 or 5.03. The Board of Directors may make rules permitting members of a CASA to serve on CALI committees as non-voting members.



9.03 Election of Officers
and, Directors-at-Large and District Directors by Written Ballot.

- The President, Vice Presidents, the Secretary, the Treasurer, Directors, and Directors-at-Large shall be elected only by written ballot of the members. Beginning on January 1, 2024, all Officers, Directors at Large and Directors shall be elected biennially and shall hold office for a two-year term beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31 of every second year. Directors-at-Large shall hold office for a two-year term beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31 of every second year. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any vacancy in an Officer position, Director-at-Large position, or Director position resulting from dismissal, recall, withdrawal or otherwise, may be filled for the unexpired term by a person appointed by the Board of Directors.


9.05 Eligibility for Office.

- To be eligible for the office of President, the candidate must have been an active member for no less than three years immediately preceding commencement of the term of office and have served on the Board of Directors no less than two years. Candidates for Vice President of Administrative Services, Vice President of Investigative and Security Services, Secretary, or Treasurer must have been an active member for no less than two years immediately preceding commencement of the term of office and have served on the Board of Directors no less than one year. Candidates for Director-at-Large, andDistrict Director or District Governor must have been an active member for one full year immediately preceding commencement of the term of office. No two members of the Board of Directors may be from the same agency.


9.08 Solicitation of Ballots/Quorum.

- Ballots for the election of Officers and, Directors-at-Large and District Directors shall be solicited in a manner consistent with the requirements for giving notice of members' meetings in accordance with Section 7511 of the California Corporations Code. Approval by written ballot shall be valid only when the number of votes cast by ballot within the time period specified for the return of the ballots to the Association, equals or exceeds the quorum (see 8.02) required to be present at the annual business meeting. Solicitations for ballots for the election of Officers, and/or Directors-at-Large, or District Directors shall (a) indicate the number of responses needed to meet the quorum requirement, (b) state the minimum votes that must be received by a candidate in order to be elected, and (c) specify the time by which the ballot must be received by the Association in order to be counted, which shall not be less than 25 days after the ballots are mailed to the members by the Association. A written ballot may not be revoked after it is received by the Association.


9.09 Ballot Requirements.

- The Association shall distribute by mail a written ballot to every member entitled to vote for Officers,andDirectors-at-LargeorDistrictDirectors. For the purposed of bylaw 9.07 through 9.11 "Mail" is defined as whether electronic means or U.S. Mail including e-mail, or through the CALI Website. The ballot shall (a) set forth the name of each nominee for election to the Board of Directors and (b) specify the position for which the nominee is a candidate. If the number of nominees for election exceeds the number that can be elected to the Board of Directors, the ballot shall provide the maximum number of nominees for which the member can cast an affirmative vote. If there is more than one nominee for any given position on the Board of Directors, the ballot shall provide that the member can cast an affirmative vote for only one of the nominees for such position.


9.10 Minimum Number of Votes Required for Election by Ballot.

- In order to be elected by ballot as an Officer, or Director-at-Large or District Director, a candidate must receive a number of votes that is at least one-half of the quorum required to be present at a meeting of the members. The candidate(s) receiving the highest number of votes (but at least the number of votes required by the forgoing sentence) within the time specified by the Board of Directors for the return of ballots to the Association, up to the number of Directors-at-Large to be elected, or for an Officer position, shall be deemed to be elected and their term in office shall begin on January 1. The results of any election by ballot certified by the elections committee and announced within five days after the close of the voting period.


9.11 Publication of Material Soliciting Votes.

- The Association shall make available to all nominees for election, in some material published by the Association and mailed concurrently with the mailing of ballots to members, an equal amount of space, with equal prominence, for use by the nominee(s) for a purpose reasonably related to the election for which the nominee is a candidate. The procedures set forth in these Bylaws for the nomination and election of Officers, and Directors-at-Large or District Directors, by ballot are intended to comply with Sections 7520 and 7523 of the California Corporations Code. Therefore, and notwithstanding any provision of these Bylaws specifically or implicitly to the contrary, any nominee on whose behalf material is published or mailed in accordance with the Bylaws, shall be liable for, and shall indemnify and hold the Association, its agents, Officers, Directors and employees harmless from all demands, costs, including reasonable legal fees and expenses, claims, damages and causes of action, arising out of such material or any such mailing or publication.


10.01  Meetings.

- A Board of Directors meeting shall be held within ninety days (90) following the Annual Business Meeting beginning of a new term, at a location and date selected by the President. The President shall provide thirty (30) days notice of the first meeting. A minimum of four regular meetings shall be held during the fiscal year.


10.03 Election of the Chairman of the Board.

- The Board of Directors shall elect a Chairperson of the Board at the First Board of Directors meeting of the year new term.The first Board meeting can be a special, emergency meeting or regularly scheduled meeting. The election shall take place at the beginning of the meeting, after Board introductions and the President's Welcome message.