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California Chapter President Ken Tanaka “hangs loose” with the Hawaii Chapter and attended their annual trainer earlier this year.  

LA DIVISION - The 2017 California Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) was hosted by the Los Angeles Division at the beautiful Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort in Oxnard, California, May 8-11, 2017. 3rd Vice President Eric Sonstegard coordinated an outstanding training program and with that was well attended.

The California Chapter recognized three members from the Sacramento Division for their dedication and support of the National Academy Associates for over 25 years. 2nd Vice President Daman Christensen, NA 242 and Sacramento Area Representative Todd Garr, NA 250 hosted a luncheon in Redding California. They presented three 25+ year Pins to Joe Ortiz, NA 159, graduated in 1989, Ed Lafond, NA 138, graduated in 1984 and Jake Jacobs, NA 168, graduated in 1998. Thank you for your continuous support and commitment to our association.

SAN DIEGO DIVISION - 1st Vice President Michael Barletta presented the California Chapter Coin to San Diego District Attorney, Summer Stephan at luncheon at the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

PROMOTIONS - Congratulations to James Ortega for his promotion to Chief of Police for the Placerville Police Department, Placerville, California. James is a graduate of the NA 255th session. Congratulations Chief Ortega.

RETIREMENTS - The California Chapter recognized SAC Monica Miller, Sacramento Division FBI, on her last day at work as she enters retirement. We would like to thank SAC Miller for her dedication to Law Enforcement and her support of the National Academy Associates. At a luncheon at POST Headquarters, California Chapter President Ken Tanaka and 2nd Vice President Daman Christensen presented SAC Miller with a beautiful retirement plaque and a lovely bouquet. Thank you, SAC Miller and we wish you the very best in your new adventure.


Florida FBINA Graduates recognized by Governor Rick Scott
On May 20, 2017, Governor Rick Scott inducted 5 Florida Law Enforcement officers into the Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in the Capital located in Tallahassee, Florida. Two are active members of the Florida Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates.

Marshall Bill Berger and Chief Richard Beary were both submitted to the Governor’s Office for consideration and selection for this recognition due to their life long involvement with law enforcement.

Marshall Berger started his career with the Miami Police Department. He then became Chief of the North Miami Beach Police Department and Palm Bay Police Department prior to his appointment as the US Marshall for the Middle District of Florida by President Obama in 2011. Marshall Berger has served as President of the Florida Chiefs and International Chiefs of Police Association in 2001-2002.

Chief Beary started his career with the Altamonte Springs Police Department, became Chief of the Lake Mary Police Department and the University of Central Florida. Chief Beary, also served as President of the Florida Chiefs Association and International Chief of Police Association in 2014 – 2015. We want to congratulate them on their accomplishments and recognition by Governor Scott.

PROMOTIONS - Sean M. Douris has been promoted to Chief of the CSX Transportation Railroad Police after a brief stint as Director.

END OF WATCH - Michael Loffredo, 95th Session, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, EOW- June 2, 2017


The New Mexico Chapter held its 2017 Spring Training Conference in Las Cruces May 17-19th with 40 members attending the 2.5- day training. The conference started with a full day of firearms training and a pistol competition conducted by Las Cruces PD Firearms Instructor Jeremy Story. 23 attendees participated in the competition and enjoyed a lunch of grilled hamburgers and hotdogs courtesy of First Tactical and their Chapter Executive Board.

Day 2 was held at the Dona Ana County Community College with presentations by the Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation, New Mexico Public Employees Retirement Association, FBI Albuquerque Field Office Victims Assistance ending with a 4- hour presentation by Rich Libicer (236th Session) titled, "Running in the Fog", a presentation concerning officer burnout and accumulated traumatic stress.

The Chapter's Annual Steak Fry (hosted by Steven Shaw, First Tactical Rep and NM Chapter Sec/Treasurer, 209th Session) was held at the host hotel pool/patio area where shooting and door prizes were awarded, 53 participants, guests and instructors attended the Steak Fry. The conference closed with a presentation on Leadership Diversity by Prescott, AZ Deputy Chief Amy Bonney, 257th Session. That is Prescott, like biscuit as we all learned!!


NC Chapter President Laura Downing (Kruger) Session 237 attended the Asia/Pacific Chapter Conference held in Siem Reap, Cambodia June 18-21, 2017. She met the “grandfather” of the Asia/Pacific Chapter Malcolm Green from Australia who attended Session 111 in 1977 and still attends the Chapter conferences as often as possible. Both can be seen here with their delegate badges and an exchange of gifts between the two.  The event was an amazing exchange of information and networking for all who attended. Hope to attend more International Conferences in the future!


The 2017 Northwest Chapter conference/re-trainer is scheduled for September 18-20 in West Fargo, ND. Training topics include: media relations, policing protests, and cultivating a culture of resilience. Great speakers and good times are on the agenda! To register go to: and enter password FargoNAA2017. Hope to see everyone there!

PROMOTION - Scott Nadeau, 257th session, has been named police chief/director of public safety of the Maplewood Police Department. Scott has been chief of the Columbia Heights Police Department (MN) for approximately 9 years. Prior to Columbia Heights he was with the Brooklyn Center Police Department, where he held the positions of officer, detective, sergeant, and lieutenant. Ancillary duties included SWAT, community policing officer, hostage negotiator, public information officer, field training officer and explorer advisor. Scott earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Metropolitan State University. In the new role Scott will oversee both the police and fire department. Congratulations Scott, and we wish you the best!

END OF WATCH - Deputy Chief Paul Leingang, Session 205, age 54, of Mandan, ND, passed away July 11th after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Paul recently completed his 37th year with the Mandan Police Department and is survived by his wife of nearly 32 years and two children. Paul will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.


Colleen McIntyre, #198, was proud to announce that her daughter Kallie just graduated from the Arapaho Law Enforcement Academy in Littleton Colorado as a Colorado State Parks and Wildlife Ranger. Kallie is currently in her Park Ranger field training. Colleen had the honor of pinning on her badge on June 16, 2017. It has been very special for Colleen and her husband John to see her pursue a law enforcement career while maintaining her passion for wildlife. Colleen always told her she would be a outstanding law enforcement officer. Kallie graduated from Colorado State University with a Degree in Zoology and worked for the Denver Zoo as a Marine Mammal trainer prior to being hired by the Colorado State Parks and Wildlife division.

Brian Burnett, #262, was just installed as the WASPC President for May 2017 – May 2018. Brian served previously on the WASPC Board as Vice President and President Elect.
The photo on right is from this year’s spring conference in Spokane where Brian is presenting an appreciation award to last year’s president, Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg #202.

RETIREMENTS - Bonnie Bowers, #241, officially retired from Anacortes PD on April 3. On April 7th NA classmates from Tennessee, Colorado and Minnesota came to celebrate with her along with session mate Earl Smith from Kitsap Co. Bonnie didn't lose anytime embracing retirement. After the celebrating was done, she left for Spain to hike the Camino de Santiago where she completed a 500- mile trek. Home in June, her husband Bud, (Session 210) whisked her off in a new travel trailer for some more adventures. The retired Bowers can be reached at and will continue to reside in Anacortes when they aren't off on adventures.

Daryl Wiebe
, #243, is retiring at the end of June, after 35 ½ years of service with the Vancouver (BC) Police Department.

Robert Torgerson
, #232, is retiring from Aberdeen PD on July 27th.

Lt. William "Bill" Slodysko, #243, retired from Bellingham PD in March. Currently Bill and his wife are traveling around the US and visiting with some of his NA session mates.

PROMOTIONS - Neccie Logan, #237, was promoted to Chief of Police Ocean Shores on April 1 (No April Fool’s joke!) Neccie began her career with the Portland Police Bureau where she served for almost 2 years. She was hired with the Wapato Police Department in 2000 where she served 14 years, working her way up to Assistant Chief. In 2014, she was hired as the Deputy Chief in Ocean Shores.

Rodney Covey, #157, was sworn in as Chief of the Port of Seattle Police on May 16, 2017. His badge was pinned on by his daughter, Officer Dani Covey, Gilbert Arizona PD. Rod has had a prestigious law enforcement career coming to the Port as a deputy chief in April 2009 after serving 32 years with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS). He was a highway patrol officer and sergeant, field training officer, narcotics agent and supervisor and a Highway Patrol District Commander for the largest district in the state serving the Hopi, Navajo and White Mountain Apache Nations. He served as the Commander of the Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy, the Chief of Staff for the Director of Public Safety, the Chief of the Highway Patrol, the Assistant Director of Operations and the Assistant Director overseeing the Agency Support Division. He also served as the Executive Director of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) and the Director of the AZ Regional Community Policing Organization. He finished his time in Arizona as Director of the Center for Leadership Excellence at AZ POST.  Rod has an AA Degree in Criminal Justice from Central Arizona College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix, and a Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Educational Leadership. He is a graduate of the Arizona State University’s Institute for Public Executives. In July 2012, he attended the 52nd Session of the Senior Management Institute for Policing (SMIP) at Boston University. Over his career, Rod has worked to develop leaders in hundreds of federal, state, county and city agencies across the nation to include the Washington State Patrol, Pentagon Force Protection and the United States Capitol Police. A strong supporter of the FBINAA, he has been a featured presenter at the FBI’s Command College for Washington State for the past nine years.

Brian S. Smith, #214, was promoted from Interim Chief of Police to Chief of Police, City of Port Angeles July 30, 2016. Jason X. Viada, NA 269 was promoted from Administrative Sergeant to Deputy Chief of Police on December 14, 2016. Jason is currently in 269th session at the FBI National Academy which began on July 10, 2017.


Chief Mark A. Kohl, 198th Session, is happily retired! Mark served as the Chief of the Shawano Police Department since 2014, retiring in April of this year. He also served as Shawano’s Chief from 2001 to 2002. Mark said he will remain involved in the Shawano community in retirement. He is currently a member of the Shawano Optimist Club and a big Shawano Hawks sports fan, supporting his son Austin. Best wishes in retirement!

Lt. Larry G. Bonneville, 193rd Session, has retired following a 32 year law enforcement career, the last 30 years with the City of Menasha Police Department. Larry officially retired on June 2, 2017. Larry was a Supervisory Lieutenant for 21 years at Menasha PD. He spent his last year as the Department’s Investigative Lieutenant. Congratulations and best wishes to Larry in retirement!

Chief Tim G. Seaver, 217th Session, was appointed Chief of Police of the Village of Fox Crossing Police Department on February 28, 2017. Tim has served nearly 31 years in law enforcement and had been an Administrative Lieutenant for the past 15 years, before being promoted to Chief. Congratulations to Chief Seaver!

Chief Todd L. Thomas, 255th Session, was elected 3rd vice president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the FBINAA at the annual re-trainer and membership meeting, held recently in Minocqua, WI. Todd reports that he is ecstatic to be joining the board and is “looking forward to jumping in with both feet.” Congratulations Todd and welcome to the board!

2017 WI FBINAA Chapter Scholarship Award Recipients -
AWARD: $1000 APPLICANT: Erin Dunning SPONSOR: Eric Dunning 237th AGENCY: Ashwaubenon Public Safety
AWARD: $500 APPLICANT: Bailey Brandner SPONSOR: Roger Brandner 245th AGENCY: Columbia County Sheriff
AWARD: $500 APPLICANT: Jeffrey Knudson SPONSOR: Troy Knudson 222nd AGENCY: Rock County Sheriff
AWARD: $500 APPLICANT: Alexa Bonneville SPONSOR: Larry Bonneville 193rd AGENCY: Menasha P.D.

END OF WATCH - On behalf of the Wisconsin Chapter, our sincere sympathy to the family, loved ones, friends, and associates of Lyle R. Bliss, 102nd Session, Wisconsin State Patrol, EOW – January 31, 2017