Richard Dean – Director

Richard Dean is the Owner and Director of Marin Consulting Associates (MCA).  Richard is a nationally recognized trainer and subject matter expert on performance management.  Richard travels extensively and has personally trained over 4,000 law enforcement supervisors and managers in seventeen states.

Richard is a 25 year law enforcement veteran and a retired Lodi, California Police Lieutenant.  During his career Richard served in a wide variety of assignments including: Watch Commander, Administrative Lieutenant in Charge of Personnel  and Training, Narcotics Gang and Vice Unit Supervisor, and Detective Sergeant.  He also managed the department’s Communications Center, Jail, and Mounted Unit.

Richard holds a Bachelors Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco and a Masters Degree in Management from Cal Poly Pomona.  He is a graduate of the California POST Supervisory Leadership Institute (Class 7) and of the POST Command College (Class 22).


Jon “Cris” Trulsson – Senior Associate

Jon “Cris” Trulsson served with the Stockton, California Police Department for 29 years and retired at the rank of Lieutenant. His assignments included Patrol, K-9, FTO, Narcotics, Robbery/Homicide, Traffic and Administration. Cris holds dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Law and History from the University of the Pacific.   He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Session 227) and served for four years as the Training Manager for the F.B.I. National Academy Associates California Chapter.  Cris is also a graduate of the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development School (LEEDS Session CA II), the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute (Class 118) and the POST Instructor Development Institute.

Cris began training law enforcement professionals in 1995 as a Federally Certified Drug Recognition Evaluation Instructor and as a member of the adjunct faculty of the San Joaquin Delta College Basic Police Academy.  Cris is a subject matter expert on leadership, performance and accountability in the workplace and as an Associate with MCA, trains law enforcement supervisors and managers nationwide.  Internationally, Cris has had the privilege to provide training to the British Transport Police and train with the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

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Larry Ellsworth – Associate

Larry Ellsworth has more than 42 years of service with California law enforcement, beginning as a reserve peace officer and retiring as a lieutenant with the San Jose, California police department. After seven years as a dispatcher, Larry served with San Jose as an FTO, motorcycle officer, sergeant, Air Support Unit program manager and chief pilot before retiring in 2011 to begin a second career with the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). In ten years with POST, Larry created statewide video training programs and received three Emmy awards. Larry also coordinated, facilitated, and created POST’s statewide Guidelines for Crowd Management Intervention and Control as well as POST’s Vehicle Pursuit Guidelines.

For more than 35 years, Larry has instructed at the police academy as well as for in-service officers.  Larry is a POST Master Instructor, an SLI graduate and an LAPD Leadership Program graduate. Larry also holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. An expert in facilitation skills, classroom management, leadership and accountability in the workplace, Larry has rejoined the Marin Consulting Associate professionals to better prepare California’s supervisors in demanding and getting accountability and performance in today’s workplace.