Building Officials Leadership Academy


Building Officials Leadership Academy
Program Registration Now Available!

California Building Officials will launch its tenth year of the Building Officials Leadership Academy (BOLA) later this year from October 25-29, 2021 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Ontario Airport!

Seeking to maximize the leadership capabilities of seasoned public safety professionals, in addition to those who seek a future within California’s building departments, BOLA provides executive-level coursework along with networking opportunities among program peers and mentors to allow each participant the opportunity to utilize the program to its full potential.

The BOLA core curriculum consists of five training days. In addition, all BOLA participants are required to complete three elective courses offered at the CALBO Education Weeks. After a participant successfully completes all BOLA requirements, he or she will be recognized and honored at the CALBO Annual Business Meeting.


Interested in registering for the Building Officials Leadership Academy? 
Download the Registration Packet or contact the CALBO Office at 916-457-1103.

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Congratulations BOLA Class of 2019-20 & 2020-21

The Building Officials Leadership Academy (BOLA) Alumni is honored to include the following graduates into this prestigious group. Launched in 2012, there are over one hundred graduates, with fifty-four serving (or served) as Building Officials or Directors. 

In Newport Beach, we celebrated each student listed below as the Class of 2019-20 officially graduated with high honors and the Class of 2020-21 completed their core curriculum requirements. Congratulations to the following students for completing this important step in their professional journey!

Class of 2019-20 

Chris Castanchoa, City of Richmond
Matthew Farrell, City of Foster City
Michael Frasure, City of Rancho Cucamonga
Shannon Gardner, County of El Dorado
Coleen Godfrey, City of Hesperia
Christopher Landreth, City of Tracy 
Michael McLemore, City of Clovis
Christina McTaggart, City of Redwood City
Steven Neely, City of Santa Rosa
Dominick Octavio, City of Delano
Mario Osuna, City of Burbank
Mitch Raese, City of Roseville
George Schriefer, San Luis Obispo County
John Schweigerdt, City of Stockton
James Son, City of Morgan Hill
Lorena Soules, City of Garden Grove
Heather Spooner, City of Daly City
Richard Thomas, City of San Pablo
Chris Valley, City of San Carlos
Mason Vandenberg, CSG Consultants, Inc.
Robert Williams, University of California, Riverside

Class of 2020-21

Michael Austin, City of Garden Grove
Robert Davidson, Charles Abbott Associates
Joesph Heredia, City of West Hollywood
Justin Laffoon, City of Roseville
Mike Leach, CSG Consultants, Inc.
Charles Lucas, City of Petaluma
Joseph Slegers, City of Victorville


The next BOLA program will take place from October 25-29, 2021 during the Ontario Education Week. For the registration packet and program information, please contact the CALBO Office.