JULY/AUGUST 2018 Chapter Chat
BY OUR MEMBERS
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The Alaska Chapter was fortunate to be able to send three members to the National Conference in Quebec City in July. Lt. Brian Wassmann, NA Session 265, Alaska State Troopers (AST) was selected as our member for this year to attend the conference. The Chapter was also able to send Vice Presidents Captain Barry Wilson, NA Session 244, and Lt. Chad Goeden, NA Session 266, both from AST. Lt. Wassmann said he appreciated the support from the Alaska Chapter to attend the conference. He related that he had a wonderful time catching up with classmates and meeting quite a few other graduates. He and his wife spent quite a bit of time walking around the area and they enjoyed the European feel to the Canadian city.
Lt. Wassmann said he had the opportunity to attend many informative sessions. One in particular on social media piqued his interest. He said it was very interesting to see how many agencies are using twitter feeds to update the public on law enforcement issues, request information and respond to emergent issues trending on social media. Police can get ahead of negative information and direct narratives toward more accuracy.
Captain Wilson is the training chair for the Alaska Chapter. He reported having the chance to meet people he had recently spoken with on the phone and over email regarding the Comprehensive Officer Resiliency Program, and other training possibilities for Alaska. He said the conference was well worth his time to attend. The Quebec City did an excellent job with impressive attendance
Lt. Goeden said the conference was a great way for him to see old classmates, reconnect with other FBINAA members from around Alaska, and visit beautiful Quebec City. Lt. Goeden is the commander for the Department of Public Safety Training Academy and as a result of meeting with some of the vendors he has purchased new fitness analysis equipment, and he is looking at purchasing other training equipment as well. Lt. Goeden said that as the membership committee chair, it was also helpful to meet with the membership folks at the national level and appreciates being able to a face with a name.
On August 7, 2018 FBI Director Christopher Wray visited Alaska. He met with many top level administrators and law enforcement officials to talk about the FBI and the efforts to combat crime with their many partners. He said he was impressed by how closely the federal, state and local law enforcement agencies work together in Alaska. It is something of which we are very proud.
On August 8, 2018 the Anchorage field office of the FBI threw a going away party for SAC Marlin Ritzman and his wife, Juliette who also worked in the office. Mr. Ritzman was promoted to the records section and they are moving back east. Mr. Ritzman was an active member of the Alaska Chapter. He participated in all our general membership meetings, many of our executive board meetings, and all our functions. His support was phenomenal. President Shirley Coté presented Mr. Ritzman with an engraved Alaska goldpan. He will be truly missed and we wish him great luck in his new position.
The Training Committee, led by Captain Barry Wilson has begun their work in organizing their annual re-training. The Executive Development Conference will be held December 5-7, 2018 in Anchorage. We welcome anyone who wishes to attend, understanding we have a capacity of 100 seats. Registration will begin in October.
While recently on vacation in Big Bear, California, Past President Joe Gaylord, NA Session 199, (2015) had the honor of meeting James Weyant, NA Session 109, who was the Section One Secretary-Treasurer when the sections had that positions and was part of the National Board. Jim attended the 109th Session in 1977 and is still very active in the Association and is a member of
the California Chapter. Jim was also very instrumental in developing the YLP that started in 1998. It is leaders like Jim that make this association the strongest in the world.
Congratulations to Sherry Burlingame, NA Session 271, and Ken Cost, NA Session 267, who were recently promoted to position of Assistant Chief for the Mesa (AZ) Police Department.
Our condolences go out to Mike Wilkens, NA Session 95, of the Tempe (AZ) and Lake Havasu (AZ) Police Departments (Ret.) for the loss of his daughter, Christine.
On June 22nd, our 3rd Vice President, Craig Chew, NA Session 248, (San Francisco Division) put on the 35th Annual Gene Jones Memorial Shoot and BBQ. A wonderful time was had by all. There was a great turnout, the food was amazing and it was fun to be able to shoot a variety of weapons.
Congratulations to California Highway Patrol (CHP) Captain Ceto Ortiz, NA Session 269, who was recently recognized as a Patriotic Employer by Dr. Daniel Furtado, U.S. Army Reserve California Ambassador, and was presented with a recognition certificate on behalf of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
(Photo L to R: CHP Assistant Chief B. J. Whitten, NA Session 247, Captain Ceto Ortiz, NA Session 269, CHP Officer Andrea Basille, Dr. Daniel Furtado, CHP Chief Ernie Garcia, CA LEEDS Session X.)
On July 24th, a number of our California Board members and Past-Presidents, met at the FBINAA National Conference in Quebec City in order to witness the swearing in of the next National President Johnnie Adams and the National Board.
(Photo: CA members L – R: Judy Gerhart, Max Santiago, Gina Haynes, Kevin Jensen, Johnnie Adams, Wayne Ikeuchi, Janis Trulsson, Russell McKinney, Mike Barletta and Cris Trulsson.)
Historians rarely get to meet the person at National who they send their information to, but at the National Conference in Quebec, CA Historian Gina Haynes, got the opportunity to meet with Susan Naragon, much to each lady’s delight!
Congratulations to the California graduates of Session 272, who graduated in June, they are:
Yesenia Sanchez, Jason Russo, Rich Williams, Brian Stevens, Derek Rush, Michael Reid, Kurt Schlehuber, Ray Hernandez, Gaute “Bo” Svendsbo, Jason Vorhauer, Mark Harris, Brendan Kirkpatrick, Dean Brown, Giachino Chiaramonte, Jason Hedden, Rogelio Maldonado, Chad Bell and Marjory Jacobs.
Dan Moreno, NA Session 260, with the Santa Clara police department, is being promoted to Captain. Congratulations!
Kurt Clarke, NA Session 265, also with the Santa Clara PD, is being promoted to Captain. So lots to celebrate in Santa Clara.
Carl Neusel, Undersheriff, NA Session 245, will be retiring at the end of August 2018 from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. We wish you well in your retirement.
Retirement wishes also go out to Jerry Neumayer, NA Session 261, who will be retiring from Morgan Hill Police Department in August 2018.
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of a long-time friend and very committed member; Bill Deasy, NA Session 87, passed away unexpectedly on June 29th, at age 88, with his loving wife Bette by his side. Bill remained loyal to the FBINAA and could always be seen at Chapter luncheons and Conferences. Bill worked for 35 years as a criminal investigator for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, retiring in 1993. He then worked as a private investigator up until he passed. He was an expert with the revolver, loved vintage firearms and cars, especially Mustangs. Bill will be sorely missed by all. Our sympathies go out to his wife Bette, his family, friends and all who knew him.
Sympathies also go out to the family and friends of Commander Ronald “Ron” Utz (Ret.),NA Session 96, who passed away in Yreka on June 20th, 2018. He was 85 years old and graduated from Session 96 in 1974.
Captain Joe Silva (Ret.), NA Session 109, the first person from the Milpitas Police Department to attend the NA and who graduated from Session 109 on June 16th, 1977, passed away on May 27th, 2018. In sympathy.
Miles L. Biles, NA Session 263, has been promoted to Chief of Police for the City of Lake Mary
On July 13th, 2018, the Mississippi Chapter held their southern area luncheon at Bull’s Restaurant in Long Beach MS. The chapter had over 30 people in attendance. At the luncheon the chapter recognized and honored Retired Sheriff of Harrison County, Joe Price, NA Session 74.
FBI Special Agent William Delaney retired effective July 31, 2018. Agent Delaney was assigned to the Jackson MS office and served as a counselor for NA Session 243. Agent Delaney was the training coordinator for Mississippi and was an essential member of the Mississippi Chapter. We wish Agent Delaney all the best in his future endeavors.
WEST VIRGINIA CHAPTER
Gary Gaskins, (right)NA Session 184, recently retired as US Marshall for the Northern District of WV. He had previously retired as a Captain with the WV State Police.
Rodney Broadwater, (left), NA Session 171, recently retired as Lead Court Security Officer for the US District Court for the Northern District of WV. He had previously retired as a Lieutenant with the Harrison County Sheriff's Dept.
The West Virginia Chapter congratulates these officers on their careers and looks forward to their continued participation in the National Academy Associates.