MAY/JUNE 2019 Chapter Chat


The intent of this column is to communicate chapter news. Announcements may include items of interest, such as member news, section activities, events, training calendar, special programs, etc. Please submit Chapter Chat information to: Jen Naragon at:

Alaska Chapter

Past President Shirley Cote’ made the move to Colorado Springs, CO after spending a significant amount of time in Alaska working and leading the law enforcement community.  Her steadfast commitment to the Alaska Chapter will be sorely missed, but she is continuing to support the chapter from her new home!  The Colorado Chapter is getting a strong new member to support their efforts!  Thank you, Shirley, for all your efforts and support.


David Hanson, Alaska Bureau of Investigation, was promoted to Captain, Alaska Bureau of Investigation, Anchorage.  Captain Hanson is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session #246 in 2011.  Captain David Hanson began his career in 1993 at the DPS Academy.  After graduating, he was assigned to Palmer AST Post where he served the first year of his career.  In January 1995, he transferred to Kodiak AST Post and filled multiple additional roles as the Judicial Services Trooper and Village Oversight Trooper for Ouzinkie and Port Lions.  In July 1998, he took a position in the Criminal Investigation Bureau, the predecessor to the Alaska Bureau of Investigation (ABI) and worked Major Crimes Investigations out of the Anchorage office.  Captain Hanson stayed in this position until December 2006 when he promoted to the now ABI Major Crimes Sergeant position.  During this time, he served as a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team for approximately eight years and taught Interview/Interrogation and Crime Scene Investigation at the DPS Academy for 11 years.  In June 2010, he promoted to Lieutenant and served in and around DPS Headquarters in various capacities; HQ Staff Lieutenant (2010-11), DPS Commissioner’s Office Planning & Logistics (2011-13) and Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol (2013-16).  During his time in ABHP, Captain Hanson took over the Statewide Coordinator position for the Alaska DRE Program and served as the AST Legislative Liaison in 2016.  In May 2016, Captain Hanson returned to ABI to take the Deputy Commander position and retained his position as the statewide DRE coordinator.  Well deserved promotion!

Arizona Chapter

The Arizona Chapter graduated another Arizona Leadership Education and Development (ALEAD) Academy in June.  As in past years, the academy and graduation were held on the campus of Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff.  Many agencies around the state provide support and funding for this academy to occur each year.  We are grateful to everyone for another successful year. 


Lieutenant Rolf Averill, NA Session 246, retired on June 7 after 32 years of service to the University of Arizona Police Department (UAPD).  Rolf has been a great supporter of our Chapter and we wish him well with his retirement.    

Ron Wheeler
, NA Session 232, Past Chapter President and recent Police Chief for Sedona Police Department has retired AGAIN!  We will see if this one sticks.  Congratulations, Ron.  

California Chapter

Past President Ken Tanaka, NA Session 228 attended the Hawaii Chapter Conference in Kauai and met up with Past President William Axt, NA Session 248.  


Captain John Burks, NA Session 251, was promoted to Chief of Police for the Brea Police Department on May 5th, 2019.  Many congratulations John.


It is with a heavy heart we announce that Edgar Fernando Fritz, NA Session 166, passed away on April 14th, 2019.  Edgar was a California Chapter member, but was the founder President of the Mexico Group.

Illinois Chapter


Adam Truman, NA Session 251, was promoted to Chief of Police of the South Beloit Police Department on April 29, 2019

Kansas/Western Missouri

The prestigious Clarence M. Kelley award was given to Executive Director Gary Steed, NA Session 231, during the Kansas-Western Missouri Chapter Spring Retrainer on April 25, 2019 in Wichita, KS.  The award is given to a deserving Chapter member that has established a ‘dedication to an exemplary career in law enforcement’.   Gary is currently the Executive Director of the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training and has been in law enforcement over 45 years serving his community.  A quote of Gary’s that was read during his presentation includes, “While I enjoy the camaraderie at our conferences, it is the strengthening of relationships and the exchange of knowledge that is the foundation of our Association.”   Congrats to Gary on receiving the spring CMK award!


Undersheriff Phil Blume, NA Session 244, retired on July 1, 2019 with 30 years of service!  Phil has served with the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office during his entire career and accomplished many things!  He was the first person to achieve every rank and work/supervise all divisions of the Sheriff’s Office, including interim Sheriff.  Phil was also the first person to have served as an intern from Washburn University and gone on to be hired by  Shawnee County.  He was one of the three original officers to implement the School Resource Officer program, the first Polygraph Examiner for his department, and an original member of the Kansas Narcotics Officers Association.  Phil has served on numerous Boards and committees  throughout his career.  He served on a Task Force in 1995 and received letters of appreciation from the FBI and ATF for his efforts.  Phil plans on truly retiring and enjoy some time off before moving on to his next career!  Congrats and thank you for your many years of service to your community!   

Deputy Chief Tyrone Garner, NA Session 234, retired on June 19, 2019 with 22 years of service with the Kansas City, KS Police Department.  Tyrone spent his entire career with KCKPD and worked his way up through the ranks, including his start as a cadet, and serving as the interim Assistant Chief before being promoted to Deputy Chief.    He has served in many different capacities and organizations including the University of Kansas Medical Center Pediatrics Ethics Committee, KCK Community College Board of Trustees, AdHoc Group Against Crime Board, KCK Housing Authority Board, Governor appointee as the State of Kansas 3rd District Commissioner for the Kansas African American Affairs Commission,  Wyandotte County Community Corrections Board,  Wyandotte County Juvenile Corrections Board, University of Kansas Thryve Committee focused on youth and many more!  Tyrone has received numerous awards and distinctions over his career as well!   He will be continuing to look for future professional and career opportunities and we wish him the very best!  Thank you for all of your service to the KCK community….we wish you the best!! 

Lt. Tim Lowry, NA Session 270, retired on June 17, 2019 with 30 years of service with the Warrensburg, MO Police Department.  Tim served his entire career with Warrensburg PD and will be the Director of the University of Central Missouri Police Academy upon retirement!  Congrats and good luck heading up the Police Academy!!

Chief Rob McClarty, NA Session 261, retired on June 25, 2019 with nearly 32 total years of service as an officer in Kansas.  Rob began his career as a part of the Posse and Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office until 1991  He then served for the next 20 years with the Hutchinson, KS PD working his way up through the ranks in various divisions and was an Instructor of Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Chemical, ASP Baton, and TASER.  He was also an active member of the Special Operations Team (Operator, Team Leader) as the Team Commander for the Hutchinson/Reno County Emergency Response Team for nine years.  Since 2011, Rob has been the appointed Police Chief for the City of McPherson, KS.  Rob received the Bronze Medal of Merit from the Wichita PD for efforts surrounding a tactical operation (2013), recognized by the FBI Academy Chief for his leadership during his FBI NA Class (2015) in Response to the Texas Governors’ call for unity, Commencement Speaker for the 253 Graduating Class of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (2018), and recognized as the Officer of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for his professional service to his community (2019).  He has been an active member and numerous Board positions including Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP), University of Kansas Law Enforcement Leadership Academy Advisory Board, Hutchinson Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Kansas Peace Officers Association (KPOA), National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), Kansas State Fair Foundation, Heart to Heart Child Advocacy Board, Kansas Freemasonry, Grand York Rite, Scottish Rite, and  Blue Lodges.  Rob is truly retiring and looking forward to the next chapter of his life with a little bit of off time and enjoying life!!  

Major Curtis Nicholson, NA Session 244, retired on June 19, 2019 with 30 years of service!  Curt worked one year with the Wyandotte County, KS Sheriff’s Office before joining the Kansas City, KS Police Department for the past 29 years.  He worked his way up through the ranks and will be retiring as the Major over the Violent Crimes Taskforce.  Curt plans to start a second career and continue to be involved in his church.  Thank you for your many years of service and we wish you the best in your retirement!    

Michigan Chapter


Phil Langmeyer, NA Session 252, was promoted to Chief of Police for the Bloomfield Township Police Department in Michigan, effective June 13, 2019.  Phil has served the Bloomfield Township Police Department for 27 years.


Scott McCanham, NA Session 240, will retire as Chief of Police for the Bloomfield Township Police Department in Michigan, on June 13, 2019.  Chief McCanham has served Bloomfield Township for 31 years.


New York/Eastern Canada Chapter


Chief Gregory Veitch, NA Session 252

After a 25-year distinguished law enforcement career, Saratoga Springs, New York Chief of Police Gregory Veitch is retiring.  Chief Veitch began his policing career with the Burlington, VT police department as a police officer in 1994. He was then hired by the Saratoga Springs Police Department in August of 1995 and spent six years as a patrolman before being promoted to Investigator in 2001. He was assigned to the narcotics unit for five years before being promoted to sergeant in 2006. He was promoted again in 2007 to Lieutenant, assigned as the commanding officer of the Investigations Division. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2011 and in May of 2013, Chief Veitch assumed his current role as Chief of Police.  

Chief Veitch has received a number of professional awards including being named Officer of the Year in 1997 and received a New York State Assembly Certificate of Merit in 1998.  In 2006 the National Criminal Enforcement Association awarded him their award for the largest street level heroin seizure for that year.  Chief Veitch is a member and past president of the Northeast Chiefs of Police Association. Additionally, he is a member of the New York State Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  In 2008 Chief Veitch graduated from both the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy, session 61 and the FBI National Academy, Session 235. Chief Veitch holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's degree in Leadership from Plattsburgh State University. He currently teaches in the Criminal Justice Program at SUNY Adirondack.
Chief Veitch is not only a police officer, he is an author and historian.  Chief Veitch has published his first book, All the Law in the World Won’t Stop Them, a book that covers the disreputable side of the city through a century of local gambling, violence, crime and corruption in Saratoga Springs.  The book covers the long struggle between gamblers, gangsters and reformers in Saratoga’s history from the inception of Saratoga Springs to the beginning of prohibition.  

Chief Veitch, a fifth-generation Saratogian comes from a family well-known for public service to the City of Saratoga Springs.   His grandfather was the city planner, his father is a retired teacher from the city school district, his brother Matt is the county supervisor representing the city, his brother Paul is a police sergeant on the department and his brother Michael is the business manager in the Department of Public Works for the city.   

Upon retirement, Chief Veitch is going to focus on providing law enforcement leadership training to police agencies around the country.  He has taught leadership principles to hundreds of police officers and presented on leadership and law enforcement topics in both police and civilian setting.  Chief Veitch has presented at many conferences, including the New York Conference of Mayors, the Public Risk Management Association, and the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police.  He has developed a 360-degree leadership assessment program for first-line supervisors and is the owner of Noble Cause Training and Development.  

Chief Veitch currently teaches Transformational Leadership: Strategies for Police Supervisors.        
This one-day seminar is designed to give the police leader an understanding of what leadership really is, how to assess and evaluate it, and how to apply it in their everyday role.  This course is designed to get leaders thinking about their assumptions, assess their leadership strengths and areas of opportunity, and identify specific, concrete leadership strategies that they can use in both their personal and professional lives.  


Northwest Chapter


Tanya Schwartz, NA Session 264,  has been promoted to police chief in Burnsville, MN, the city where she first started as a cadet in 1995 and progressed through the ranks as an officer, sergeant, and captain. Tanya, who holds a master’s degree in public safety administration, has overseen several divisions in the department and served on a variety of advisory boards within Dakota County.


Manila “Bud” Shaver, NA Session 210, is retiring after 37 years in law enforcement. Bud started his career in Wisconsin, but has been with the West St. Paul, MN Police Department more than 30 years, working his way through the ranks, serving as officer (including as one of Minnesota’s first DARE instructors), sergeant, deputy chief, and for the past 15 years, police chief.