MAR/APR 2018 Chapter Chat
BY OUR MEMBERS
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A Message From The President
My name is Shirley Coté, Session 164, and it is my pleasure to start the second year of a two-year term as the President of the Alaska Chapter. I announced the results of our election in the last edition of Chapter Chat, and I am committed to, and looking forward to working hard again this year with our very involved Executive Board. We meet once a month on the third Friday for about an hour to ensure we are all on track with the work that needs to be done from our committees. Vice President for Southcentral Region, Barry Wilson, Session 244, chairs the Training Committee; Vice President for Southeast Chad Goeden, Session 266, and Vice President Sean McGee, Session 202, co-chair the Constitution and Bylaws Committee; Chad chairs the Membership Committee; Sean chairs the Social Outreach Committee; and per our Bylaws I serve as a member on all committees. Secretary/Treasurer Andrew Merrill, Session 257, has already hit the ground running and is promoting the need for past members to pay their 2018 dues. We are a small chapter with a potential of about 150 members. We ended the year with about half that number, but through the efforts of Chad’s Membership Committee, and Andrew who serves on the committee, we expect to increase that number. Chapter dues are $15.00.
Last year Fairbanks P.D. Deputy Chief Dan Welborn, Session 267, chaired the Fundraising Committee and he and I were hugely successful in obtaining donated prizes and funds in Fairbanks and Anchorage, respectively, in an effort to sell raffle tickets to support our training. In addition to Dan and I, members Lance Jamison-Ewers, Session 267, Greg Russell, Session 180, Chad Goeden, Barry Wilson, Maurice Hughes, Session 261, Sean McGee, Mike Holman, Session 251, Jennifer Shockley, Session 263, Ed Mercer, Session 259, Tony April, Session 226, Bob Beasley, Session 194, Skip Coile, Session 163, Ronda Wallace, Session 250, and Dave Ross, Session 256, did a tremendous job in selling raffle tickets. We have an impressive commitment from our members to ensure our chapter continues to thrive and be beneficial to the members.
Our next membership meeting will be held in Fairbanks on May 7, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and all members plan to attend, to include our Past President, Terry Vrabec, Session 186, who now lives in Arizona. Terry has been very active with our board work. Once again this year, we will be selecting a member to attend the National Conference, which is being held in Quebec City. Our Training Committee Chair and Vice President Barry Wilson and I also plan to attend. We are looking forward to attending the training sessions and hope to contribute good information to the Training Committee upon our return. We are also looking forward to networking with our fellow National Academy graduates and members of the FBI NAA.
In November 2017 I was contacted by Jennifer Watson, Member Services Manager for the FBI NAA. Jennifer requested feedback from the Alaska Chapter that could be presented to the National Board of Directors in consideration of Mr. Ritzman’s application for membership. The members of the Alaska Chapter voted unanimously that Mr. Ritzman met the criteria and he was eventually approved by the National Board. We are proud to have Mr. Ritzman as a member as he has been deeply involved in the Alaska Chapter since his arrival as the Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Anchorage Division since March 10, 2016. Mr. Ritzman most recently served as Section Chief of Transnational Organized Crime-Western Hemisphere, Criminal Investigative Division. Mr. Ritzman entered on duty with the FBI in 1990. Following graduation from the FBI Academy, he was assigned to the Kansas City Division where he investigated organized crime and drug matters.
In 1997 Mr. Ritzman transferred to the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) where he served as an Assault Team Leader until 2004. During Mr. Ritzman’s tenure with HRT he completed multiple critical TDY assignments around the world to include: Afghanistan, Kosovo, Iraq, and Yemen.
In 2004 he transferred to the Jefferson City RA, Kansas City Division, where he worked a variety of violations with emphasis on violent crime and gang matters. In 2006 Mr. Ritzman was appointed Assistant Legal Attaché in Islamabad Pakistan where he worked significant counterterrorism and liaison matters, he served there until 2007.
In November 2009, Mr. Ritzman was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and was transferred to Headquarters City, Kansas City Division where he supervised the Violent Crime Squad including, a Fugitive Task Force, and Child Exploitation Task Force. In August 2013 Mr. Ritzman was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Kansas City Division where he managed all Criminal programs and the Administrative Branch. In July 2015 Mr. Ritzman was appointed as the Section Chief of Transnational Organized Crime- Western Hemisphere, Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters, where he was responsible for leading and overseeing programs involving Transnational Organized Crimes in the Western Hemisphere.
Mr. Ritzman is a certified SWAT Agent, and a Firearms and Police instructor. Mr. Ritzman is the recipient of the FBI’s Shield of Bravery. Mr. Ritzman is a native of Nebraska and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Nebraska in 1985. He served in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer for 5 years prior to joining the FBI. Mr. Ritzman is married to Juliette Ritzman, who also works for the FBI’s Anchorage Division. Their two sons Austin and Garrett are serving as Infantry Officers in the United States Army
On January 31, 2018, Michael Holman, Session 251, retired from the Unalaska Department of Public Safety where he served since 1995. He rose through the ranks from patrol officer to patrol sergeant to deputy police chief and finally, Director. Prior to being hired in Unalaska, Mike he served in the Army as an air cavalry scout in the 82nd Airborne Division, and worked for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game while attending the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Director Holman attended the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Session #16 in Sitka, Alaska, and in 2012 he the FBI National Academy. He holds an Advanced Police Certificate through the Alaska Police Standards Council; is a certified Police Instructor in multiple disciplines; and currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management and a Master of Public Administration degree through Ashford University.
Director Holman is an active member of the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police. He is involved with several AACOP committees that include the legislative committee, the bylaws and policy committee, and marijuana ad-hoc committee. He has served as a committee chair, as a member of the board of directors, and in the fall of 2015 he was appointed to fill the vice president seat. He is also an active member of the Aleutian Islands chapter of the Alaska Peace Officers Association, the Unalaska Fish & Game Advisory Committee, the Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Local Emergency Preparedness Committee, and is a vice president of the Ballyhoo Lions Club.
In addition to being an active member of the AACOP, Director Holman is an active member of the FBI National Academy Associates, Alaska Chapter. He currently serves on the Selection Committee for the Youth Leadership Program for the Alaska. His daughter, Taylor was an attendee of the 17th session YLP in June 2015, prior to Director Holman’s commitment to serve on the committee. Through Taylor’s experience Director Holman clearly understands the value of the program in our young Alaskan attendees’ lives.
Mike and his family will remain in the state and will be moving from Unalaska to Palmer
Captain Anthony April, Session 226, from the Alaska State Troopers is very active in his community of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, aka “The Valley”. Captain April is featured in a new book by authors Matthew Horace and Ron Harris entitled, “The Black and the Blue: A cop reveals the crimes and racism in America’s law enforcement and the search for change.” In the section dedicated to Captain April they talk about his upbringing in Miami and his rise to the rank of captain with the Alaska State Troopers.
2018 brings the California Chapter Board a new President, Mike Barletta. Mike has done four years on the Board and put on a remarkable re-trainer conference last year in San Diego. The Board looks forward to having Mike at the Helm this year.
Saying goodbye to the Board this year is former Past President, former Secretary and former Historian, Wayne Ikeuchi. Thank you Wayne for your 20+ years of service to the FBINAA.
In December, the Sacramento Chapter held their Christmas luncheon at the State Capitol and a large number of our loyal members received their 25+ year pins. Congratulations and many thanks for your many years of serving the FBINAA.
Congratulations to Michael Taylor, Session 248, for accepting the position of Chief of Police for the Baldwin Park Police Department.
Mark Olivieri, Session 267, has been back even less time than Chief Best….and he’s now been appointed the Interim Police Chief for the Pomona Police Department. It’s awesome to see all these accolades for recent NA graduates.
Congratulations to Mark Kling, Session 215, on his recent appointment to Interim Police Chief for the Rialto Police Department.
Congratulations to Eve Irvine, Session 240, for being appointed chief of the Torrance Police Department. She was formerly chief of the Manhattan Beach Police Department.
Congratulations to Derrick Abell, Session 257, on his recent appointment to Police Chief for the Manhattan Beach Police Department.
Justin Murphy, Session 260, Escondido PDwas promoted to Captain in December.
Captain Josh Ehlers, Session 259, was promoted to Assistant Chief, California Highway Patrol, on January 2, 2018. He has been assigned to the department’s Protective Services Division in Sacramento, CA.
Deb Schroder, Session 240, CHP Assistant Chief, retired in December with over 30 years of service.
Congratulations to Chief James Hunt, Session 242, on his recent retirement from the Monrovia Police Department. We hope you have a long and enjoyable retirement, Chief!
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the new graduates of the recent FBI National Academy from Sessions #269 & #270 and currently in attendance is Session #271.
Joshua Bardon - Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Kenneth Hawkes -Los Angeles Port Police Department
Jason Park -Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Eric Paulson -Santa Ana Police Department
Byron Roberts -Los Angeles Police Department
Tigran Topadzhikyan -Glendale Police Department
Jarret Young - Anaheim Police Department
Horace Boatwright-San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
Link Dinh-Montebello Unified School District Police Department
Jeff Hallock-Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Jim Henson-Desert Hot Springs Police Department
Brad Keller—Montebello Police Department
Tom McNeal—Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Jim Titiriga—Torrance Police Department
Rick Bessinger-San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
Jeff Bratcher-Los Angeles Police Department
Dean Capelletti-La Habra Police Department
Richard Davis-U.C.L.A. Police Department
Ron Driscoll-Murrieta Police Department
Eric McBride-San Bernardino Police Department
Joseph Williams-Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Chief Craig Capri, Session 248, Daytona Beach Police Department, and Area Representative for the Florida Chapter. He has become friends with NASCAR driver Austin Dillon who won this year’s race Sunday, February 18, 2018. Austin invited Craig to have a photo with the trophy in the winner’s circle. Great job next thing we will see Craig in a drivers suit!!!!!
PROMOTIONS AND/OR CHANGE IN DEPARTMENT
Jim Rogers, Session 220, was appointed Chief of Police, Palm Bay PD;
Commander Nelson Moya, Session 263, was appointed Deputy Chief, Palm Bay PD;
Diana Blackledge, Session 244, Commander, Palm Bay PD, has been assigned the Operations Commander;
Steve Bland, Session 251, Lieutenant, Palm Bay PD, has been assigned to Special Operations and Public Information Officer;
Larry Juriga, Session 236, was appointed Chief of Police, North Miami PD. Larry was born and raised in North Miami, and has been employed with the PD since 1994.
Robert Daniels, Session 207, appointed to Town Manager, Melbourne Beach.
Sgt. William “Bill” Griffith, Session 203, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, was promoted to Lieutenant.
Mike Martinez, Session 244, Major, Hallandale Beach PD, retired February 19, 2018;
Tony Pustizzi, Session 221, Chief of Police, Coral Springs, retired on March 2, 2018. Tony began his career at Coral Springs in 1988 and was appointed Chief in 2012. Shortly after retiring, Tony and his wife will be moving to Asheville, North Carolina;
Jon W. Wicker, III, Session 162, SSA, DEA, assigned to the Miami Field Division, Asset Removal Group, retired after 39 years of government service.
William “Bill” Hamilton, Session 97, retired Chief of Police, Boynton Beach PD, died on Feb 3, 2018. Bill was hired by Boynton Beach PD in February, 1959, and was appointed Chief of Police in January, 1982, where he served until his retirement in October, 1984.
NEW YORK/EASTERN CANADA CHAPTER
On January 16-19, 2018 John Rowan, Session 236, travelled to El Salvador with a group of law enforcement officers to share intelligence and gain an understanding of the transnational impact of the violent gang MS 13. The group included:
- FBI NYO
- EDNY US Attorney
- NYS Police
- Nassau County Police
- Suffolk County Police
Part of the visit included a meeting with the Director of the National Police of El Salvador, Howard Cotto, Session 234. In the photo, Cotto is in the center in uniform. Starting on the left you have Captain John Sumwalt , SCPD, Session 242, Deputy Inspector Chris Ferro, Nassau County Police, Session 264, Assistant Chief Neil Delargy, Nassau County Police, Session 230 and John Rowan, Suffolk County Police, Session 236.
It was a great opportunity that was only made better by being able to network with fellow FBINA graduates.
Past President Mark Gates, Session 232, is presenting Rick Stubbings, Session 221, with the 2017 Colin T. Millar Award. This award is given in recognition of sustained commitment to leadership, innovation and community service in Canada.
Colleen Jacobs, formerly Colleen Nolen, Session 249, has been appointed Chief of the West Valley City Police Department, West Valley City, Utah, on February 20, 2018, after serving as Interim Chief since September 8, 2017. Chief Jacobs has served in law enforcement for 21 years.
Richard Ferguson, Session 264, was appointed interim Chief of Police for the City of Provo, Utah on March 15, 2017 and appointed permanently on September 19, 2017. Rich has 27 years with Provo.
Lieutenant Jason C. Hinojosa, Session 266, of the Layton City Police Department in Layton City, Utah, retired in January 2018 after 20 years of dedicated service.
The Wisconsin Chapter hosted its annual Holiday Luncheon at Weissgerber’s Seven Seas Restaurant on December 7, 2018. The guest speaker was Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, Notre Dame's famous walk-on football star. The Holiday Luncheon was attended by 156 members and guests who enjoyed an excellent meal, keynote address, and year’s end networking opportunity.
The WI Chapter held its annual Mid-Winter Family Outing in February at the Inn on Wood Lake Hotel in Kohler, WI. The event was attended by 62 members and their families. In addition to a restful weekend, opportunities included various winter activities, a tour of the Kohler plant, shopping, and a visit to the Kohler Design Center. The Winter Outing is always a great way for chapter members and their families to relax and re-connect.
Recent Wisconsin FBINA Graduates 2018
Lieutenant Douglas Teunissen
Sheboygan Police Department
Lieutenant Daniel Hartwig
Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department
Captain Michael V. Kowalski
Marquette County Sheriff’s Office
Brian O’Keefe, Session 222, currently serves as Administrator of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). Brian began his law enforcement career with the Milwaukee Police Department as a Police Aide in 1981 and worked his way through the ranks, primarily in the Criminal Investigation Bureau, retiring in 2008 as the Deputy Chief in charge of the Criminal Investigation Bureau. O’Keefe continued his career with M&I Bank, working in Corporate Security before returning to public service in 2011 at DOJ when he was appointed by former Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to be Administrator of DOJ’s Division of Law Enforcement Services. Attorney General Schimel re-appointed Brian to this same position following his election in 2014.
Currently, Brian is also the 2nd vice president of the Wisconsin FBINAA Chapter.
Tony Barthuly, Session 186, currently serves as Administrator of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Law Enforcement Services (DLES), a position he has held since April 30, 2017. Prior to this, Tony served as the Wisconsin Director of Law Enforcement Training & Standards since 2011.
Tony served the City of Fond du Lac Police Department for over 32 years. He worked his way through the ranks, serving as the Chief of Police prior to his retirement in 2011. Tony is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Session #53. Tony is also a past-president of the Wisconsin FBINAA Chapter.
Dennis Fortunato, Session 204, was promoted to Director of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Training and Standards Bureau (T&S). Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimmel announced the promotion on January 17th. Dennis had been the deputy director of DOJ’s Crime Information Bureau (CIB) since spring 2012, and served as a law enforcement officer for more than three decades in the Fond du Lac Police Department, eventually being promoted to the rank of major/assistant chief. He earned a B.S. from Marian University and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. Dennis is a 2001 graduate of the FBI National Academy and the longtime Treasurer of the Wisconsin FBINAA Chapter.
Robert Sloey, Session 216, retired as Lieutenant of Operations from the Wisconsin State Capitol Police in July of 2017, following 31 years of service.
Acting Sheriff Richard R. Schmidt, Session 202, began his career as a deputy with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office on June 6, 1986, and was promoted to Sergeant in 1996. Further promotions included Captain in January 2002, Deputy Inspector in January 2003, Inspector of Detention Services in February 2006, and Inspector/Senior Commander in 2010. On September 1, 2017, Schmidt assumed the role of Acting Sheriff of Milwaukee County upon the resignation of Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. on September 1, 2017. Schmidt formerly served as Under Sheriff. Sheriff Schmidt holds a Bachelor‘s degree and a Master’s degree in Administration, both from Hyles-Anderson, Crown Point, Indiana. He also earned a doctorate degree from Northland International University. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Executive Management Program, the National Institute of Corrections Executive Excellence program, and the F.B.I. National Academy. He attended Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and completed training by the Wisconsin Jail Association and National Institute of Corrections-Large Jail Networks.
Captain Barry Waddell, Session 251, retired from the West Allis Police Department on 12/29/2017. Barry was the Department's first K-9 Officer and worked in a variety of other positions at the West Allis Police Department during his 30 year career.
Greg Daniels, Session 260, was promoted to the rank of Captain at the Greendale Police Department, on January 6, 2018.
Edward Lawson, Session 262, Milwaukee FBI, retired 1/31/2018.
Joshua Mayers, Session 262, Milwaukee FBI, retired 2/23/2018.
Benjamin Bliven, Session 268, was appointed Chief of the Wausau Police Department on February 26, 2018. Ben has worked for the Wausau Police Department since 2000, when he was hired as a patrol officer. Over the years Ben worked as a drug investigator, patrol supervisor, Administrative Lieutenant, and Patrol Captain. Prior to his appointment to Chief, Ben served as Deputy Chief since December, 2016.
Daniel Van Beek, Session 260, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant at the West Bend Police Department on March 10, 2018.
Chief Michael Bagin, Session 232, retired from the Hartland Police Department on March 3, 2018. Mike served for 31½ years with the department in various positions. He currently serves as the President of the Wisconsin FBINAA Chapter. Mike has taken a position with the Department of Public Safety at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI.
Chief Marty Jensen, Session 242, retired from the Hudson Police Department on March 16th. Marty began his law enforcement career in 1985 when he was hired as a part-time officer by the City of Hudson, WI police department. In 1987 Marty was hired full-time by Hudson as a patrol officer. In 1996 he was promoted to Patrol Sergeant with Hudson PD, and in 2008 Marty was appointed as Chief.
Chief Alphonso Morales, Session 245, was named Chief of Police of the Milwaukee Police Dept. on April 5, 2018, until January 2020. He served as the Interim Police Chief since February 15, 2018. Chief Morales was appointed to the Milwaukee Police Department in 1993. As an officer, he was assigned to District Two and the Vice Control Division. In 1999, he was promoted to Detective working various assignments in the Criminal Investigation Bureau. From 2003 until 2009, he served as Lieutenant in the Criminal Investigation Bureau. In 2010, he transitioned to the Patrol Bureau. He later worked assignments in Internal Affairs, the Police Academy, and HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas). From 2004 to 2013 he was the Crisis Negotiator Commander of MPD’s negotiators unit. In 2013, Chief Morales was promoted to the role of Commanding Officer of District Two. He also ran MPD's Project Safe Neighborhood - High Value Target program, a department-wide initiative designed to reduce violent crime by focusing on some of the worst gun offenders in the Milwaukee community. Chief Morales holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Carroll University. He has taken masters level classes at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Chief Morales is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).
Congratulations and best wishes to all those recently graduated, appointed, promoted, and recently retired WI FBINAA Chapter members!
On behalf of the Wisconsin Chapter, our sincere sympathy to the family, loved ones, friends, and associates of:
Harold Lloyd Compton, Session 72, Green Bay Police Department, passed away– January 21, 2018.
Richard “Rick” D. Wellner, Session 169, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (Retired), passed away April 5, 2018.