Chapter Chat

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Anchorage Police Department Captain Justin Doll will be sworn in as the new Chief of Police in June. Justin is a graduate of the 260th Session of the FBI National Academy.  

Police Memorial Day was recognized in Anchorage on May 5, 2017.  

Once again it was a sad year for Alaska to add another name to the monument in Anchorage and in Washington D.C. Sgt. Allen Brandt of the Fairbanks Police Department was shot in the line of duty on October 16, 2016 and died of complications during surgery on October 28, 2017, just four days after addressing the City Council and expressing his appreciation for their support of the police department. Member Brad Johnson, Deputy Chief of the Fairbanks Police Department gave a moving and powerful tribute to Sgt. Brandt’s life and his dedication to his family and his community.  

The Alaska Chapter Board of Directors held their bi-annual membership meeting at the State of Alaska Crime Detection Laboratory on May 3, 2017. Past President Terry Vrabec was sworn in by SAC Marlin Ritzman. The revised constitution and by-laws were approved and ideas were shared about training, fundraising, membership, and social outreach.

Greg Francois, NA 184, our member drawn to attend the National Conference in Washington D.C. in July was in attendance to express his appreciation and commitment to bring information back to the membership at the December meeting.


Director Comey was at the LEEDA conference he recognized Lourdes Cooper for 35 years of service. Lourdes started with the FBI in 5/2/1982. She has been a Staffing Assistance, Clerk typist, Secretary and currently since 4/19/1992 the Tampa Training Tech. She has served the Bureau in the San Juan and Tampa Divisions.

Titusville Police Department is pleased to announce the promotion of FBINAA members Todd Hutchinson, 240th Session, to the rank of “Deputy Chief” (from Commander) and Jeff King, 266th Session, to the rank of “Commander” (from Lieutenant). Major Bryan Pegues Session #243 was promoted to Chief of Police for Aventura Police Department on May 15th. Sean M. Douris, NA 259, has been promoted to Director of Police Operations and Infrastructure Protection at CSX.

After a 32- year career with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Captain Ray Almodovar - FBINA Session 208 has retired. Ray’s career was filled with many accomplishments, Patrol, DARE, investigations, SWAT to name a few. The most notable in Ray’s accomplishments was the full consolidation project of the county 911 system, this extensive project merged all entities, Fire - Police - Ambulance into one building eliminating all other County, City, 911 centers. This achievement minimized the need to transfer 911 calls. Ray was also part of the project team for the County Emergency Operation Center - Sheriffs Communication Center, which houses a dispatch floor measuring 6000 square feet. These Communication accomplishments recognized Ray as the APCO / NENA Communications Director of the year 2014. Ray’s last assignment was the District Commander for the City of Debary where he also assisted in the development and build of a new district office. Ray will to continue to serve the public. After being retired for two weeks he was selected to serve as a Lieutenant for the Stetson University – Public Safety Department.

FPCA Past President, Executive Board Member and Tampa International Airport Chief Paul Sireci, NA 146 is retiring.

George W. Geyer Jr. EOW April 28, 2017 - George served the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in South Florida, in management, investigative, operational, and intelligence positions and was a graduate of the 67th Session of the National Academy.


Special Olympics Missouri announced that Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1 Director Zim Schwartze, FBI NA Session #231, was inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame along with Athlete Robb Eichelberger. They were honored at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame located in Springfield, MO this year. Many law enforcement officers around the world are involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Zim is proud to be one of them. For nearly 25 years, she has been passionate about her athletes and the mission of the Torch Run.

Zim represented Special Olympics Missouri at the World Summer Games in Greece in 2011 and was a route runner for the Unified Relay Across America for the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles, CA. She is the Past President of our Chapter and currently serves as the Historian.



Mark K. Lewis, NA 233 has been promoted to Chief of Police for the Cambridge, Maryland, Police Department. The Promotion was effective April 15, 2017.


Congratulations to Chief Geof Gaudard, who retired from the Bloomfield Township Police Department on May 4th, 2017 after a 30- year career in law enforcement. Geof served the last 4 years as the Chief of Bloomfield which capped a 29- year career at Bloomfield Township. Geof was a graduate of the 235th Session of the National Academy.

Congratulations to Scott McCanham who was selected to succeed Geof at Bloomfield Township. Scott took over on May 1st and has been with Bloomfield Township for 29 years and was a graduate of the 240th Session of the National Academy.


The New Mexico Chapter held its 2017 Spring Training Conference in Las Cruces May 17-19th with 40 members attending the 2 ½- 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 four- 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!!




Chapter members enjoying the Genesee Brewery tour as part of Barley and Body checks event that also included a Rochester Americans hockey game.

Captain Rich Ryan of Session 263 retired on March 29th after 27 years of service, he is presented with a retirement plaque by past President Mark Gates.

On April 25th, Chief Kevin A. Nulty, Orangetown (NY) PÐ [NA 171 & 46th Session LEEDS] was the 57th recipient of the Frederick D. Suydam Association Award in recognition, of his distinguished 41- year career in law enforcement. This annual invitation only dinner was held in the delightful ambience of New York City's Central Park Boat House and attended by over 250 representing the top past and present agency heads and senior managers of all the major agencies in the Greater Metropolitan Area. Kevin's wife of 38 years, Ann, was in attendance along with his children and siblings.


C. Blair Myhand will be leading the Clayton Police Department beginning May 15, 2017. Myhand is a graduate of NA Session 252, he was most recently a Police Captain in the neighboring Town of Apex, where he served for more than 11 years. He is a retired U.S. Army First Sergeant with more than two decades of military and law enforcement experience, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also wore the badge for one of the nation’s 10 largest municipal police agencies– the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C.


Dan Starry, 250th session, was appointed sheriff of the Washington County Sheriff's Office (MN). Dan has served Washington County since 1993, holding numerous roles including deputy, DARE officer, narcotics officer, K-9 handler, sergeant, commander, & Chief Deputy. Sheriff Starry earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University and is on the United Way of Washington County East board as well as the North Central ÐIDA Executive Board. Dan and his wife have been married 24 years and have two lovely daughters, each attending college.

Sheriff William Hutton, 189th session, retired after 33 years in law enforcement, 10 as Washington County's Sheriff (MN). Prior to being elected sheriff, Bill served as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant, and captain with the Oakdale Police Dept. Sheriff Hutton has been involved in many community efforts, including involvement in the Youth Service Bureau since 1979. We thank Bill for his many years of service to the residents of Washington County.


Mark Cooney, 221st Session.
After 38 years of distinguished service to the Wheat Ridge Colorado Police Department, Mark Cooney is retiring.

Doug Abraham, 191st Session
After 29 years in the Aurora (CO) Police department and 13 as the chief of police at the University of Colorado Anscutz Medical Campus, Doug is retiring to a 10- acre property that he reports “needs a lot of loving.” He and his wife, Susan, will continue improving the land so they can enjoy their grandchildren. Doug loves the outdoors and counts golf, skiing, bicycling and working around the property as hobbies that will fill his time during retirement—those and his ’49 Plymouth! He also hopes to travel some.


Robert "Bob" Merchant served the Baytown, TX Police Department from 1958 until 1995 when he retired as Assistant Chief. One of the cases he investigated, the Cantrell Murder in 1976 was highlighted in True Detective Magazine. Prior to his death he was a regular fixture at FBINAA Luncheons and State and National Conferences.


Chief Robert J. Rosch, 192nd Session, began his career with the Hartland, Wisconsin Police Department in 1984. Prior to that he served in the United States Air Force and also served as a corrections officer in the Waukesha County Jail. He was a member of the SWAT team and an instructor at Waukesha County Technical College. Bob was promoted to Lieutenant and attended the 192nd session of the FBI Academy in 1998. In 2000, he was promoted to Chief of Police. During his tenure as Chief he served as the President of the WI Chiefs of Police Association (WCPA), the Waukesha County Chief's Association, the WI Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates (WIFBINAA), and the Waukesha County Suburban Mutual Aid Response Team board. Bob was instrumental in attaining Wisconsin Law Enforcement Group (WILEAG) accreditation for the Hartland Police Department as well. On March 17, 2017, he retired following more than 33 years of dedicated service.

Chief Michael S. Bagin, 232nd Session, began his career with the Hartland, Wisconsin Police Department in 1986. He was a bike safety officer and DARE instructor for several years. During his career, Mike was promoted through the ranks, serving as Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief. On March 17, 2017 following more than 30 years of service, Mike was promoted to Chief of the Hartland Police Department. He is a graduate of the 232nd session of the FBI National Academy and serves as the incoming president of the WI Chapter of the FBI NAA beginning June 1, 2017. In addition to his duties at Hartland PD, Mike is an instructor at Waukesha County Technical College.

Director of Public Safety Steve Riffel, 211th Session, can safely say he was involved in policing in some capacity, for the past 39 years. Steve began his career as a charter member of the City of West Bend Police Department Explorers (1978-1983); served as an US Air Force Security Police K9
handler (1983-1987); was a Police Officer for the Village of Kewaskum (1987-1988); served in a variety of positions at West Bend Police Department (1987-1997); was appointed Captain of the City of Sheboygan Falls PD in 1997, Chief in 2003, and Director of Public Safety (police & fire) in 2004. This year marks 30 years as a civilian law enforcement officer. Steve said he has been very fortunate to have served great communities with great fellow employees. Steve is also an active member of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association (WCPA) and a past president of the WCPA.
Steve’s official retirement date is June 2nd, 2017 – which marks his 20- year anniversary of working for the City of Sheboygan Falls. Due to some remaining benefit day’s his last day on the job will be May 25th.

Captain Larry Zimney, 255th Session. Captain Larry Zimney, of the Manitowoc Police Department will be retiring June 2nd, 2017, after 29 ½ years of service with the Manitowoc, Wisconsin Police Department. Captain Zimney began his career in 1988 and was assigned to the third shift. In 1994 he became a certified DARE Officer and taught the DARE program for three years in elementary schools before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1997. As a Sgt., he worked both first and third shifts until being promoted to Acting Lieutenant in April of 2008, where he served on second shift. In August of 2008, he was promoted to Captain and remained on second shift until January of 2010, when he moved to third shift as the Captain. In April of 2012, he became the Captain on first shift. Captain Zimney is a member of the Department’s Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team and Peer Support Team. He is also co-coordinator of the Manitowoc Police Department’s Gang Task Force. He also served as the Departments K-9 coordinator for two years. For the past two years, Larry has served as the Department’s Public Information Officer, where he dealt regularly with the news media and handled social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) for the Manitowoc PD.

In 2014, Larry attended the 255th Session of the FBI National Academy along with 219 other officers from across the country and around the world. This was indeed the highlight of his career and he maintains many friendships with classmates and fellow graduates to this day. 

2017 WI FBINAA Youth Leadership Selection: Carlista Lund and Camille Bonneville -
Carlista Lund
is the daughter of Scott and Aimee Lund. Scott is a graduate of the 230th Session and a Captain with the Fox Valley Metro Police Department. Carlista is currently a sophomore at Kimberly High School in Kimberly.
Carlista’s cumulative GPA is a 4.1619. Carlista is an outstanding representative of her school, where she participates in theatre productions and is an active member of DECA, the Key Club, and a local teen leadership program. She is also very active in various local community programs and events.

Camille Bonneville is the daughter of Larry and Kim Bonneville. Larry is a graduate of the 193rd Session and the Lieutenant of Investigative Services with the City of Menasha Police Department. Camille is currently a sophomore, attending St. Francis Xavier High School in Appleton. level world language courses. Camille is an outstanding representative of her school, where she serves as a class officer and is a member of the Xavier Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Camille is also a member of the varsity tennis team, the JV soccer team, and the orchestra. Camille is a very active member of her church and community.

Congratulations to Carlista, Camille, and their parents. Enjoy the YLP experience!