Regulatory Investigators and Inspectors
Tom Ineichen - President
The California Association of Regulatory Investigators and Inspectors Mr. Ineichen (In-I-Kin) leads are the state’s green police, home protectors, and product safety experts who make the environment we breathe and the waters our commerce travels on cleaner, as well as ensuring the goods and services we buy are up to legal code.
Mr. Ineichen’s investigators and inspectors are on patrol, looking for polluting auto emissions, oil spills, and contaminated ballast water. CARII members hunt down and arrest fly-by-night contractors as well as cite unscrupulous auto mechanics and dealers, pest-control operators, and unhygienic barbers and beauty parlors. Although they aren’t particularly fond of the title, Mr. Ineichen’s group also includes the toaster cops and mattress police.
Mr. Ineichen is currently an inspector with California’s Structural Pest Control Board, working a 28-county region examining negligence, fraud, and misapplication complaints against faulty pest control operators whose shoddy work can actually cause some homes to explode or lead to deaths.
Before joining state service in 1996, he was in the pest control industry for 15 years and before that, spent five years in construction. A native California, Mr. Ineichen currently makes his home in Sacramento with his wife and four children.
In his spare time, he organizes charity golf tournaments, helps mentor at-risk youths, and restores old homes.
Lillian Hayek (DCA - Board of Barbering and Cosmetology) - Vice President
My name is Lillian Hayek.
I started my 32 year state career at Tehachapi Prison as an OAII. After a couple of years I moved to Bakersfield and transferred to the Department of Motor Vehicles, Investigations Division. There, I spent approximately 25 years where I became an Inspector I and subsequently an II. In 2008 I transferred to the Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Barbering & Cosmetology, where I still function as an Inspector II.
In 2000 I was working on a re-class issue with the DMV Inspectors, when I was asked by CARII President Bruce Hotchkiss to come to the board and represent the Inspectors. I accepted the position, and well here I am, striving to make sure that our voices are heard at the top of the chain.
As a CARII Board Member I donate countless hours of my personal time in addition to sometimes being granted state time to represent our affiliate and our members. I work on 3 committees with CSLEA, which keeps CARII in the loop. Traveling and giving up those weekends is a big part of what we do and should not be taken for granted. I would encourage anyone who has information or ideas for change to contact us. No one person ever has all the answers and we should all contribute when and if we can.
Our affiliate is so diverse, it is not always easy to represent each classification with the passion that I have in mind. I am however, very interested in doing just that. The more our members share, the more educated we can be about each classification and represent you properly. My doors are always open and I hope that you will confide in any board member when you have problems that can be addressed in a representation situation. And, if you are not sure, then make the phone call or send an email. It doesn’t hurt to ask and sometimes you might be surprised at the outcome.
Ron Headlee (DCA - Bureau of Automotive Repair) - Treasurer
Tim Toy - Secretary
I have been a CARII board member and secretary since 2011.
I am currently a Program Representative I for the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) Field Operations and Enforcement Division, working in the San Joaquin County and Sacramento areas investigating negligence, fraud, environmental crimes, and consumer complaints against automotive repair facilities. I have previously worked as a Representative out of the Pacoima, Riverside and Government Fleets Field Offices.
Before joining state service in 1993, I was in the automotive industry for 18 years working as a technician and service manager in the Visalia and Bakersfield areas.
I currently hold state smog check licenses and have held, brake and lamp licenses since 1983. I was first Certified by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (NIACE & ASE) in 1978 and held Master Technician status for over twenty-five years.
I joined the board hoping to help my fellow investigators and inspectors be aware of their rights and make working for the great State of California a career path they are glad to have chosen.
I enjoy home remodeling, gardening, restoring old Mustangs and working with Fly Ball dogs.
Board Member - Dwaylon Calhoun (DCA - Dental Board of CA)
To say Dwaylon Calhoun is a dedicated public safety and protection professional just might be an understatement.
Mr. Calhoun has dedicated nearly his entire life to serving his country and the state of California.
As an Inspector II for the Dental Board of California, Mr. Calhoun makes it his business to root out fraud and unsanitary conditions in dental facilities throughout the state. Mr. Calhoun conducts on site inspections based referrals of reported safety and sanitary violations. If there is any question about unsafe practices, Mr. Calhoun is there to check it out. No one wants a dental assistant doing the work of a registered dental hygienist or even the dentist, and if that's happening, Mr. Calhoun is there to put a stop to it.
Another job that Mr. Calhoun worked in the Dental Board of California was that of an Investigator. Investigators are peace officers and have the authority to pursue criminal and administrative violations of the law. Some of the complaints that Mr. Calhoun investigated included, fraud, health and safety violations, unprofessional conduct, and unlicensed practice.
"Consumer protection is important to our health and well being," said Mr. Calhoun. "With my knowledge and expertise, I protect the health and safety of consumers who may not even know they're in harm's way."
Mr. Calhoun started his career with the state after 15 years of service with both the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard as well as a stint with U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE). Mr. Calhoun worked in the Deportation Service Processing Center in San Pedro, California for two years before going to work for the State of California.
Beginning his career with the state of California as a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist at the Employment Development Department, Mr. Calhoun helped veterans injured in war to find fulfilling jobs and careers to enhance their lives. Mr. Calhoun also assisted his veterans’ clients with counseling and other services such as housing resources and job training.
"This position was close to my heart," said Mr. Calhoun. "Because I, too, am a disabled veteran."
Mr. Calhoun then joined the Alcoholic Beverage Control as a Licensing Representative II. As A Licensing Representative II, Mr. Calhoun’s duties were to explain provisions of the laws, rules, and regulations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act; contact and interview individuals and representatives of business or governmental organizations; locate and interview protestants and analyze and evaluate their testimony and perform other related tasks.
In addition to his consumer protection duties as a dental Inspector, Mr. Calhoun serves as a board member for the California Association of Regulatory Investigators & Inspectors (CARII).
"I am proud to be a servant first to the nation, then to the state, and now to the union," said Mr. Calhoun. “Anything that I can do for the people in the dental industry. As an Inspector for the Dental Board of California, I have an opportunity to teach compliance and not just punish for lack thereof. As one of only two Dental Board of California inspectors in the entire state it is my job to protect the workers in the Dental industry as well as the patients."
Board Member - Michael Coyne (CDFW - Office of Spill Prevention)
Board Member - Nephtali Lopez (DCA - Contractors State License Board)
Board Member - Glenn Miller (DCA - Cemetery and Funeral Bureau)
Board Member - Valerie Wells (DMV)
Bruce Hotchkiss - President-Emeritus
Bruce Hotchkiss is the CARII President-Emeritus, a non-voting position on the CARII Board. Bruce spent over a decade as CARII President and CSLEA Board member working to bring CARII to financial stability and prominence within CSLEA. During his tenure Bruce says he always fought the good fight for all CSLEA members.
Bruce retired on December 31, 2010, and now resides in North Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife Nadine, and their cat “Kitty”.