JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 Chapter Chat
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It is with great pleasure to announce that our newly elected President of the Alaska Chapter, Barry Wilson, NA Session 244, on January 1
st was soon after appointed on January 16th to be the Director for the Alaska State Troopers. Barry is certainly up to the task and I have promised to assist him with the chapter requirements during this very busy time in his career. Colonel Wilson is going to do an excellent job in both positions, as well as with the other charitable organizations for which he volunteers. Barry has been with the Department of Public Safety since 1990 and he worked in patrol, investigations, headquarters and rural patrol command. He is excited about the opportunity to work with his staff and the entire department to improve morale among the ranks, improve training for all, and develop strategic planning to make certain effective staffing is available throughout Alaska,


Colonel Wilson’s last position with the Alaska State Troopers was as the commander of C Detachment in Anchorage. Captain Andrew Merrill, NA Session 257, our current Secretary / Treasurer and commander of the Village Public Safety Officer program with the Alaska State Troopers has been assigned to also command C Detachment. We are very proud of Andrew as
he was one of eight distinguished graduates, as well as the graduation speaker during his National Academy session. Andrew joined the Alaska State Troopers in 2002 and he has worked in various assignments to include judicial services, patrol, and rural investigations. Andrew is a certified instructor through the Alaska Police Standards Council and he was one of our excellent presenters on use of force at our 2018 Executive Development Conference.

Good luck to both of these outstanding professionals as they lead us into the future of law enforcement in Alaska.


Barry decided to run for President before his two-year term as Vice President of the Southcentral Region had concluded. The Board of Directors unanimously voted in favor of appointing Deputy Chief Ken McCoy, NA Session 265, from the Anchorage Police Department to fill that seat for the remainder of Barry’s term. For our first meeting of 2019, Barry had to be out of town, which by our chapter bylaws left Ken, at his very first meeting of the board, in charge of leading the meeting. He ran it professionally and seamlessly. Ken is an excellent addition to the Board of Directors.
Ken began his law enforcement career with the Anchorage Police Department in 1994, where he has served in command assignments in patrol, investigations and internal affairs. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2017 where he oversees all operations and administrative activities for nearly 600 sworn and non-sworn employees.

2019 welcomes a new Chapter President, Daman Christensen, NA Session 242, plus a new 4th Vice President, Josh Ehlers, NA Session 259, and our new Corporate Sponsor Development Coordinator, Past President Janice Trulsson, NA Session 224.

California Chapter Secretary Max Santiago, NA Session 214, was recently asked by the FBI National Executive Institute Associates (FBI NEIA) President, Chris Burbank, to become the first Associate Member.  An Associate Member is an individual from law enforcement or the business sector, who supports the mission of the FBI NEIA, is of high character, provides new and innovative perspectives and will be an Ambassador for the Association.  Congratulations Max! 

Congratulations to LeeAnneDra Marchese, NA Session 256, who received the Chapter’s Resolution for her outstanding work with the Youth Leadership Program.
(Photo President Daman Christensen, LeeAnneDra Marchese and 4th V.P. Josh Ehlers)

George Johnstone
, NA Session 263, on his appointment to Chief of Police for the Corona Police Department.  

Gary Redman, NA Session 224, on his promotion to Undersheriff for the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.

Mark Littlestone, NA Session 254, on his recent retirement from the U.C.L.A. Police Department.

Michael Graychik, NA Session 265, on his retirement from the Los Angeles Port Police Department.


It is with much sadness we report the passing of Frederick (Fred) L. Arthur, NA Session 146, who passed on Dec. 6th, 2018.  Following in his dad’s footsteps, Fred joined the Sacramento Police Department in 1963 and retired as Deputy Chief in 1993.  Fred was active in the Northern California Peace Officers Association (NCPOA) and was also active on Facebook, staying in touch with many of his friends from the PD.  Determined to get the last word, Fred made a video which was played at his memorial.  Fred left us with words of wisdom and comfort and allowed us a last look at his true spirit. R.I.P. Fred!

Also passing in December was former Vacaville Police Chief, Gary Tatum, NA Session 101.  A Long Island native, Tatum had an extensive career of community service. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he joined the Palo Alto Police Department where he served for 19 years before relocating to Vacaville where he became the police chief in 1977.  Gary retired in 1991, a year later he was elected to City Council, he had his own consulting business and in 1998 he was named President and CEO of the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce, where he stayed until 2010.  Gary made a big impact on Vacaville and will be missed.  (Photo #4 Gary Tatum)



Daytona Beach News Journal published an article on our own 2019 President Shelli Walters, NA Session 226, entitled "Retired officer teaches life skills in University High criminal justice course."
Nice Work Shelli! Read the Article

Congratulations to Chapter member Vernon Chinn, NA Session 236!!  The Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced in January 2019 that he has chosen former Pratt County, KS Sheriff Vernon Chinn to join his office’s Livestock/Brand Investigation Unit as a special agent.  This Unit was formed in 2014 in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Agriculture to help local law enforcement investigate cattle theft and related crimes across Kansas.  Chinn is a U.S. Army veteran and elected Pratt County, KS Sheriff in 2000 after serving nine years as a Deputy.  Chinn was also the President of the Kansas Sheriff’s Association in 2010 and served on the Executive Board from 2006-2012!!  Congrats on his new position - we wish him well!

Jim Martin, NA Session 260, started as the new Chief of Police in Glenpool, OK in January 2019!  He served with the Douglas County, KS Sheriff’s Office prior to being chosen as the new Chief! 

Jeff Hooper, NA Session 213, is the new Chief with the Hutchinson, KS Police Department!  He served previously with the Riley County Police Department!  

Dennis Butler, NA Session 223, recently was named Director of Police for the Riley County Police Department in Manhattan, KS.  He served previously as the Chief in Ottawa, KS!


Sheriff Ray Smee, NA Session 181, that graduated in June, 1995.  He officially retired on December 28, 2018 after 39+ years of law enforcement service!  Sheriff Smee served ten years as a Nebraska State Patrol (Trooper, Narcotics Investigator, and Criminal Investigator) and then three years with the Republic County, KS Sheriff’s Office.  He then became the Chief of Police with the Belleville, KS PD for seven years which was followed by 13 years as the Chief of Goodland, KS PD!  He went on to serve as the Undersheriff of the Graham County Sheriff’s Office for the remaining seven years of his law enforcement career.  Sheriff Smee has also been the State Chair for the Kansas Intelligence Association for the past six years. Upon retirement, he plans on helping several farmers in the area and continue being a part-time deputy for the Graham County Sheriff’s Office.  We wish him the very best and thank him for his many years he has given to his community!!!  
Help me congratulate one of our own, FBI National Academy Graduate Robert (Bobby) Webre, NA Session 230, was sworn in as Sheriff of Ascension Parish on January 3rd, 2019 with his inauguration on January 10th. Webre, a 33-year veteran with the department, has been acting sheriff since Sheriff Jeff Wiley made the decision to retire. Webre began his career with APSO as a member of the patrol division in 1985 after leaving the military. Over the years, he rose through the ranks. In 2016 Webre was named lieutenant colonel of criminal operations, a role he served in for five years before he stepped into his most recent post as chief deputy.

On February 1, 2019, the FBINAA Maryland/Delaware Chapter braved the snow and held its Annual Past Presidents Luncheon at Bethany Blues Restaurant in Lewes, Delaware.  The luncheon was attended by the chapter Executive Board where current Chapter President, Laura O'Sullivan updated the Past Presidents on all the current chapter initiatives and activities.  The luncheon was attended by over twenty past Chapter Presidents.  Past President John Campanella was presented a Past President shirt by immediate Past President Scott Kolb.  Scott was also the recipient of his Past President's pin.


The Maryland/Delaware Chapter is pleased to announce the promotion of Donald Gividen, NA Session 266, from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. Donnie was promoted to the rank of Major on February 14, 2019.  Please join us in congratulating Donnie on his accomplishment.


Former Wayne Police Chief Alan Maciag, NA Session 251, has joined the Northville Police Department as Police Chief

The Mississippi Chapter Spring Refresher is scheduled for February 28th to March 1st, 2019. The refresher will be held at the Holiday Inn-Trustmark located in Pearl Mississippi. 

The Mississippi Chapter Summer Conference will be held August 25th to August 29th, 2019 in Gulfport Mississippi. The conference will be held at the Courtyard by Marriot located on the beach in Gulfport. 

Major Jeff McCutchen, NA Session 257, was appointed interim Chief of Police at the Oxford Police Department effective February 1, 2019. Jeff will be filling in for Chief Joey East NA Session 229, who is taking a leave of absence to run for Sheriff of Lafayette County. Congratulations to Jeff!

Chief Investigator Scott McIlrath, NA Session 248, has announced his retirement from the District Attorney’s Office of Jackson, George, and Green Counties. He announced his retirement effective January 7th, 2019. Congratulations to Scott and best of luck on his next chapter.


SAC Hank Shaw swearing in the 2019 Chapter officers for the New England Chapter at their annual holiday business dinner in December.

At the NJ Chapter 4th Quarter Meeting, the USMC Toys for Tots came out to join us and collect our donated toys and a donation from the chapter
Erik Hernandez, NA Session 237, with the NYPD was promoted to Deputy Inspector
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our winter holiday luncheon December 4th. Thank you also to Special Agent In-Charge Jill Sanborn who was able to join us and offer a few words. Your partnership and support means a great deal. 
For those who like to plan ahead, or build up a good appetite, the 2019 holiday luncheon has already been scheduled for December 13th! 

Assistant Chief Kathy Wuorinen, NA Session 192, retired from the Saint Paul Police Department 34 years in law enforcement.  A/C Wuorinen started her career as a deputy with Ramsey County and was sworn in as a police officer for the Saint Paul Police Department in 1988.  She served as the city’s first female police chief in 2016 when appointed on an interim basis prior to Chief Todd Axtell’s appointment.  Kathy has worked in every corner of the department.  Most recently, she managed the department’s $113 million budget.  Wuorinen is a role model and mentor for female officers across the region.  Upon retirement, she looks forward to traveling with her husband, Saint Paul Police Sergeant John Wuorinen. 
Congratulations Kathy! 

Congratulations to Assistant Special Agent In-Charge Ann Saunders on her recent retirement, and thank you for being such a great friend and supporter of the Northwest Chapter! 
Kyle Kolling, NA Session 268 promoted from Lieutenant to Chief of the Clyde Hill Police Department on August 1st, 2018.

Steve Shumate, NA Session 246, left the Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office as the Chief Criminal Deputy after 29 years of service and took over as Chief for the Aberdeen Police Department on July 16th.

Bryan Jeter, NA Session 211, retired from Puyallup PD in January 2018 and then came out of retirement in June to return to Bonney Lake PD as the Chief of Police .

Rafael Padilla, NA Session 240, is now the Chief in Kent PD.

Ken Thomas, NA Session 232, is now the Chief in Des Moines PD. 

Mike Villa, NA Session 224, is now a Deputy Chief at the Port of Seattle PD.  

Greg Wilson, NA Session 219, Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Greg Wilson resigned, effective Nov. 19.
Eric Robertson, NA Session 199, has retired as Administrator/CEO of the Valley Regional Fire Authority, having served there nearly 12 years.  
Lt. Mike Johnston, NA Session 256, retired after 36 years with the Bellingham Police Department and says he is enjoying the experience.
Steve Lynch, NA Session 251, retired after 35 years of police work. His last day of work at Bellevue PD was 7/25/18.

Bob Vander Yacht, NE Session 267 retired from the Bellingham Police Department as of November 30, 2018. 

Dusty Pierpoint
, NA Session 213, retired from the Lacey Police Department as of October 29, 2018.

Jeff Schneider, NA Session 189 and Dominic Rizzi, NA Session 238, have both retired from Yakima Police Department.      

Bob Lee, NA Session 204, retired earlier in the year from the Auburn Police Department.

Roger Bean, NA Session 103, died August 17th, 2018 in East Wenatchee at the age of 80.  
Tom Young, NA Session 129, died on January 7th, 2017 in Yakima.
Joseph Hatfield, NA Session 142, a retired Captain with Bremerton PD, fell ill at work in December of 2017 and passed away due to complications on January 23, 2018
Bob Richey, NA Session 180, passed away in June 2018.
Ed Crawford, NA Session 132, passed away on November 27th at his home.