President of the Black Police Officers Association, Benjamin Kelso, recently announced the appointment of Ms. Lei-Chala Wilson to the position of Legal Advisor for the organization. The former NAACP President, who retired from the Law Offices of the San Diego Public Defender, served there for over 24 years, and now operates her own practice. During her time as a public defender, Wilson tried over 120 jury trials to conclusion, including misdemeanors, serious and violent felonies, three strike cases, sex offenses, and homicides. She served as the San Diego NAACP Branch President for approximately 6 years, and was also the past National Council of Negro Women San Diego Chapter President. Her list of accomplishments is vast, and she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role with the SDBPOA.

In a recent statement, Kelso shared “I am pleased to announce the appointment of former NAACP President Lei-Chala Wilson, Esq., as the new SDBPOA Legal Advisor to the Board. Ms. Wilson has an extensive resume and experience in the legal field for her work in the Public Defenders Office, work as a member of the National Bar Association, and San Diego Chapter President of the NAACP she brings to the SDBPOA.”
In BPOA’s 41 year history, Wilson represents the first Legal Advisor the organization has had. Kelso stated that the organization has been looking to diversify the board with non-law enforcement members. “ Lei-Chala has worked very closely with the BPOA during her term over the last 6 years as the San Diego Branch NAACP President, collaborating on several key events including editions of Close Encounters of the Cop Kind. She worked very hard with the BPOA working to educate our community and build trust. I witnessed Lei-Chala grow in developing a strong relationship with the BPOA. Her legal background coupled with her professional leadership experience make Lei-Chala a great fit on our team,” he said.