San Francisco â€” The phones have not stopped ringing at Good Vibrations headquarters on Howard Street since the election last week of the companyâ€™s President & CEO Theresa Sparks as President of the San Francisco Police Commission.
â€œWe are pleased as punch and weâ€™re planning a celebration,â€ said Good Vibrations spokeswoman Dr. Betty L. Sullivan. â€œIâ€™ve watched the leadership positions held by Theresa Sparks evolve since 2000, and her talents were evident from early on. Theresaâ€™s election as Police Commission President is a logical progression.â€
Actress and comedian Margaret Cho, who originally hails from the Bay Area, serves as a member of the Good Vibrations Board of Directors: â€œWith Theresa as president of the San Francisco Police Commission, I actually feel safe in the City! I wish she would come down to Los Angeles and help us out with our cops!â€
Sparks made history on May 9 as the first transgender woman elected to head a major metropolitan cityâ€™s police commission in the United States. She becomes the highest ranking openly transgender city official ever in San Francisco.
â€œWhile I think it is important to recognize the historic step my colleagues on the Commission have taken to make San Francisco a city in which everyone, regardless of our race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, can meaningfully contribute, I am most excited about this opportunity to represent all of the people of San Francisco,â€ says Sparks of her appointment.
Sparks has identified police transparency, violent crime and narcotics as major issues police should address, and she seeks greater community involvement during her tenure.