September/October 2019 Chapter Chat

BY OUR MEMBERS

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. Refer to the editorial submission deadlines, particularly with date sensitive announcements. Submit chapter news on the Chapter Chat Submission Form by the 1st of every odd month. Please attach to the email high-resolution digital .jpg or .tif photos to: Susan Naragon at: snaragon@fbinaa.org

Alaska Chapter

At the monthly executive board meeting on August 16, 2019 Deputy Chief Ken McCoy, Session 265, was sworn into office by Special Agent in Charge Jeff Peterson. Ken was elected to the position of Vice President of the Southcentral Region through a special election after Colonel Barry Wilson, Session #244 won his election to the President’s position mid-term of his position as Vice President of the Southcentral Region. We are very pleased to have Ken on the executive board representing the Southcentral Region. We are appreciative of the excellent support we receive from Mr. Peterson and all his staff. Mr. Peterson echoes Director Wray that the FBI NAA is the crown jewel of the FBI. 

After serving the people of Alaska for 43 years Shirley Coté, Session 164, has moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. She will continue to serve actively as Past President of the Alaska Chapter. She has also joined the Rocky Mountain Chapter and attended her first membership meeting on August 15th in Denver.

Arizona

Thanks to everyone that participated in the FBINAA Arizona Chapter’s 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament this year.  The event, held at the Coyote Lakes Golf Club in Surprise, was a success.  A big “thanks” goes out to Commander Jeffrey Grow of the Tolleson Police Department for chairing it once again.

Retirements

Assistant Chief Angel Carbajal, NA Session 216, retired from the Tempe Police Department to enter a new career in corporate security.  We wish him all the best.

Passings

Retired Mesa Police Assistant Chief Mike Whalen, NA Session 161, passed away in June after a long battle with cancer.  Assistant Chief Whalen started his career in 1971 and served the Mesa Police Department for over 28 years. After his retirement in 1999, he was elected to the Mesa City Council where he served from 2000 to 2008.  

Thomas “Mike” Jahn, NA Session 150, also passed away in June after a short battle with cancer.  He began his law enforcement career with the Phoenix (AZ) Police Department in 1976, where he worked his way through the ranks to Commander. In 1996, he accepted the position of Chief in his hometown of Midwest City, Oklahoma. He served as their Chief of Police until 1999, when he relocated to Sunrise, Florida and served as a Police Major from 1999-2002. 

Retired Special Agent In Charge James F. Ahern passed away in July. James served as the Special Agent In Charge of the Phoenix Office from 1989 to 1995. 

 

California Chapter

Los Angeles Division hosted the Annual re-trainer conference in September in Newport Beach.  The theme this year was “Keeping Our Heroes Safe”.  Attendees got to learn about emotional survival and wellness, plus a host of other interesting and relevant topics.







CA Chapter Executive Board was sworn in at the Re-trainer conference, where we welcomed the newest member 4th Vice President elect, Randy Goddard, NA Session 267, from LAPD.







FBI Assistant Andrea Caton, who recently retired, receives a Resolution to thank her for all her work and support of the NAA.








Past President, Mike Barletta, NA Session 222, who was also sworn in as the new Treasurer for 2020, receives a Resolution to thank him for his service.







Outgoing Treasurer, Cris Trulssen, NA Session 227, received a Resolution for the outstanding work he has done as the Chapter Treasurer for the past five years 








FBI SA, Stacey Deal, from the Los Angeles Division, received a Resolution for her contributions and support of the California Chapter.
 






Promotions

Welcome Cathy Madalone, NA Session 259, who was recently sworn in as Chief of Police for Pacific Grove.  Cathy is a transfer from the New Jersey Chapter. Congratulations Cathy.







Retirements

Chief Ken Tanaka, NA Session 228, retired from West Valley-Mission Community College District.  Ken is a Past President of the California Chapter and an active member.  We wish him well on his next journey .












Chief Mike Sellers, NA Session 237, retired from Santa Clara Police Department.  Congratulations Mike!

Captain Kurt Clarke, NA Session 265, also retired from the Santa Clara Police Department and is headed to a new role in the private sector.

Chief of Public Safety Adan Tejada, NA Session 228, retired in June from St. Mary’s College of California.

Passings

James Kerrigan, NA Session 254, San Francisco D.A’s Office, passed away on September 21st, 2019.  James was a 3rd generation law enforcement officer, his father had retired from the San Francisco PD and his grandfather from the San Francisco S.O.

John Kerrigan
(Father of James), NA Session 77, San Francisco Police Department (Ret.), passed away in December, 2003.

 

Florida Chapter

In August a group of friends that are FBINAA graduates embarked on an Alaskan cruise. One of the destinations on the itinerary was a stop in Skagway. Patty Wells and Doug Muldoon reconnected with their friend Ken Cox. We seized the opportunity after taking the White Pass Train tour to gather our group together along with Ken and Chief Ray Leggett. Great hospitality and memorial visit to Skagway for all! Graduates from left to right: Pat Kenny, NA Session 237, Dennis Jones, NA Session 223, Greg Witt, NA Session 223, Bill Berger, NA Session 132, Patty Wells, NA Session 221, Doug Muldoon, NA Session 153, Ken Cox, NA Session 252, and Ray Leggett, NA Session 185.  Ray and Ken are with the Skagway Police Department.
 




Promotions

Matthew Monaco, NA Session 252, Vero Beach Police Department, was promoted to Captain.

Kansas/Western Missouri Chapter

Lt. David Williams, Session 231st, received the prestigious law enforcement Enoch B. Morelock Award from the Office of the United States Attorney Western District of Missouri.  Lt. Williams is a 24-year veteran with the Jefferson City, Mo Police Department (JCPD) and received the award in August during the 17th Annual Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) Training Seminar.  This annual award recognizes an individual with outstanding moral character, service to law enforcement, and to the community outside of law enforcement.  Williams has served in many different capacities in his department during his career and currently is the agencies’ training officer and public information officer.  He is well known and highly thought of in his community and recently served as the public face for the recovery efforts in the aftermath of the EF3 tornado that hit the capital city of Missouri this past May.  Williams received praise from local and national media for his handling of press events and coordinated community efforts.  He has served on numerous Boards in the Jefferson City community that includes the American Red Cross, Special Learning Center, and Elks Lodge.  In 2017, Williams received the Juneteenth Jefferson City Emancipation Award from Lincoln University which was given for his dedication to the protection and service to their community.  In 2018, he received the National Credit Union Association Volunteer of the Year Award for his dedicated work.  Williams also served as the FBI NAA Chapter President in 2015.  Congrats to Lt. Williams on this prestigious award!  Pictures: Lt. David Williams (left) was presented the Enoch B. Morelock Award from Les Kerr, Law Enforcement Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office










The prestigious Clarence M. Kelley award was given to Captain Roy True, Session #241, during the Kansas-Western Missouri Chapter Fall Retrainer on September 5, 2019 in Lake Ozarks, MO.  The award is given to a deserving Chapter member that has established a ‘dedication to an exemplary career in law enforcement’.   Roy is currently a Captain with the Kansas City, Mo Police Department (KCPD) in charge of the Special Victims Unit.  He has been in law enforcement for over 36 years with the majority at KCPD.  Roy has served in nearly all of the department’s different units and divisions since his promotion to Sergeant (1994) and Captain (2002).  He has brought many new standards and equipment to the department as well as new policies and procedures to help guide the large 1,300+  person department over the years.  Roy is an active volunteer in his community, Special Olympics Missouri, and his church.  Congrats to Roy on receiving the fall CMK award! Pictured:Captain Roy True, Clarence M. Kelley Award winner, with his wife, Major Karen True
 








Promotions

Jim Martin, NA Session 260, who retired from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Lawrence, Kansas and was named as the Chief of Police for the City of Glenpool, Oklahoma in September 2019.  We wish him the best!  

Retirements 

Chief Terry Zeigler, NA Session 238, retired from the Kansas City, KS Police Department on October 1, 2019 with nearly 29 years of service.  Terry began his law enforcement career in 1990 and worked his way through the ranks becoming the Chief of his department in 2015.  He says he truly enjoyed serving the officers and his community, but it was one of the most difficult things he has ever done after losing two of his officers who were killed in the line of duty in two separate incidents in 2016.  He is so proud of the work and accomplishments of the men and women he has served with over the years.  Though Terry is ‘retiring’, he is now the owner of a private investigations agency, LEO On Guard, that will specialize in conducting background checks and internal investigations for local governments who need assistance.  He is very excited for this new chapter in his life and continuing to serve police departments and local governments in a very meaningful way.  We wish Terry a happy retirement and best of luck with his new business!  

Maryland/ Delaware Chapter

The Maryland/Delaware Chapter hosted a networking event on Saturday, September 14, 2019. The event was an annual tailgate and Navy football game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. One hundred and thirty seven chapter members, guests, and strategic partners met to watch Navy enjoy a victory over East Carolina University 42 – 10.







Retirements

The Delaware State Police announced the retirement of Lieutenant Colonel Monroe Hudson, NA Session 219, on July 23, 2019. He was a Past President of the Maryland/Delaware Chapter of the FBINAA. Lieutenant Colonel Hudson has been appointed as the Deputy Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction. Hudson assumed this new position on August 19, 2019. The men and women of the Delaware State Police thank Lieutenant Colonel Monroe B. Hudson Jr. for his many years of dedicated service, sacrifice, and leadership to the Division, and wish him and his family the very best in their future endeavors.

Northwest Chapter

North Dakota Social Gathering: 
A good time was had by members at the recent social event held in Grand Forks, ND. 
Congratulations to Arnie Rummel, 209th Session, who won a pistol from CZ USA and John Klug, 258th Session, who won a $511 gift certificate from 5.11! (Award winners pictured with Past President Joel Vettel & ND Representative Jason Nelson)



Chapter Pistol Shoot: 
Rain did not deter participants from the annual chapter pistol shoot, or the barbeque to follow, held September 13th at the University of MN/FBI range.
 Congratulations to Brad Bluml, Ramsey (MN) PD, who took first place in the open law enforcement category and to Chris Hildreth, 190th Session, Minneapolis (MN) PD, who took first place among FBI NAA member competitors. 
The names of both category winners will be added to the chapter pistol league trophy and stored at the Minneapolis Division FBI office.  

 

Washington Chapter

There was a good turnout of Washington Chapter Members at the July National Conference held in Phoenix. There were 22 attendees, plus our Training Tech Saskia Martin who was able to join the Honor Ceremony to see Chapter Member Tim Braniff move from the Section 1 Representative to Section 1 Vice President. In four more years, the National Conference will return to Section 1 and be held in Denver. At that point, Tim will be the Association President—the first time for our Chapter! As you can see from the picture, there was an amazing photo opportunity where we were able to include two of our members who were photographically represented. Members represented at the conference were Nelson Beazley, Michelle Bennett, Tim Braniff, Jay Cabezuela, Scott Child, Rod Cohnheim, Wes Deppa, Lisa Drake, Fred Fakkema, Denise Giuntoli, Christopher Guerrero, Myra Harmon, Gail Harris, Richard Hayes, Max James, Shane Nelson, Mike Painter, Bob Palmer, Cindy Reed, John Snaza, and Brad Watkins.

 

Promotions

Mike Harden, NA Session 273, was promoted to the Chief for Lake Forest Park PD. Previous Chief Steve Sutton, NA Session 239,is in the process of preparing for an RV trip across the US to visit all the National Parks to celebrate his retirement.

John Vincent, NA Session 226, became the assistant vice president for campus and community safety within UW Student Life in May. He previously served as the UWPD Chief.

Retirements

Dan Phillips, NA Session 195, retired as a military criminal investigator after 23 years of service. He joined the federal service right after 9/11 and served 16 years working in the security and counterintelligence fields. Today he works for a major defense contractor. Dan serves as the LEOSA program Chair for the Washington state Fra- ternal Order of Police. 

Jeff Parks, NA Session 209, retired from Whatcom County Sheriff’s office as of June 1.

Kristi Wilson, NA Session 251, retired from Redmond Police as of June 7.

Dan Ritchie, NA Session 180, retired April 30th 2017 after 40 years and 5 months. He reported “I was retired for 7 months and got bored. BNSF Police were looking for a Canadian Special Agent so out of retirement I came and have been with them for the last 18 months.”

Dave Pimentel, NA Session 230, has retired from the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office.

Travis Adams, NA Session 267, is retiring from the US Navy. Future plans unknown at this time.

George Delgado, NA Session 227, retired after 29 years of public service on July 15th. George began his law enforcement career with California Highway Patrol in 1989 then joined Vancouver PD in 1995 rising to the rank of commander. He became Des
Moines PD Chief in 2012. In 2018, he became the Director of Emergency Manager for the City of Des Moines. George served as 2013 WA Chapter President and is Section 1 Rep & Secretary for the FBINAA Charitable Foundation.

Passings

David Renzelman, NA Session 97, (1974) passed away April 2016 at the age of 76. After graduating high school in Sheboygan, WI, Dave served in the Marine Corps from 1957 until 1981 retiring as a Captain. He then served in the US Air Force as a civil service Supervisor Special Agent until 1991. Dave had a BS degree from San Diego State University which is where he met his wife Kathy. In 1991 Dave was recruited by the Dept. of Energy, serving in their Safeguards and Security Program as the Program Manager, and in the Office of Counterintelligence where he served until his retirement in 2004. At that point, he was hired by Pasco PD to serve as their Crime Specialist and Evidence Technician. He was a Life Member of the American Association of Police Polygraph Examiners. He was also a Master Mason since 1975 and a Shriner since 1978. He is survived by his wife, a son and daughter and three brothers.

Larry Hively, NA Session 97, (1974) died on Dec. 25, 2018 in Wenatchee. Larry was born in Missouri and grew up in the Wenatchee area. He served in the U. S. Army, returning to Wenatchee at the completion of his enlistment. He tried several jobs before becoming a Chelan County deputy sheriff. During his 16 years with the county, he rose to the rank of captain. In 1982, he was appointed Undersheriff of Grant County. He retired in 1999 and went on to work as a fraud investi- gator for DSHS. He left DSHS to become an investigator for the WA State Department of Labor and Industries. He proudly graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA in 1974 and served as the president of the Washington Chapter FBINAA in 1980. He taught law enforcement classes and was active in the American Legion and many law enforcement organizations. Larry loved Wenatchee and enjoyed boating, fishing, building and motorcycle trips to Vegas. He loved talking about the “cop shop”. He is survived by his wife Linda, two daughters, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jerry Burk, NA Session 98, (1974) and 1981 past president of the WA chapter FBINAA died on June 17 ,2019. He grew up in Roswell, New Mexico during WWll and joined the Navy in 1956. He was air crew in an anti-submarine squadron on several aircraft carriers traveling all over the world. Following the Navy, he worked at Boeing. He soon discovered his dream job was to be a cop and he joined the King County Sheriff's Reserve. In 1963, he became a full- time deputy, rising through the ranks by exams to Captain. He was appointed Major and then Chief, a position he held until his retirement in 1988. He was either responsible for or participated in the development of the 911 system, the K- 9 unit and the promotion of minorities and women in police work. He did his best to mentor good officers and was often referred to as "a cop's cop". Jerry was humbled by the affection shown for his involvement and leadership. After retirement, he was in charge of security for the Goodwill Games. After receiving two B.A. degrees from CWU in El- lensburg he was accepted to Law School at UPS/Seattle University where he graduated with honors. He became a prosecutor in King County under Norm Maleng. Jeff Sullivan in Yakima offered him a position and he ultimately became the supervisor of the District Court Unit. He went on to become a Judge Pro-Tem for Yakima County. Jerry loved cruising. With a condo in Ha- waii, a camper that always headed to the Southwest and many cruises, he truly enjoyed the diversity of this world. He leaves behind his wife of 51 years Sharon, son Gregory and two grandchildren.
 
Jerry Gardner, NA Session 103, (1975) passed away peacefully in his sleep in July 2019 at the age of 78. Jerry was born in Asheville, NC, moved with his family to Los Angeles, joined the Army in 1960 and served in Korea. He trained to be a security police officer where became a man of deep convictions about right and wrong and with a passion for upholding the law. After the Army, Jerry joined the Pasadena Police Department where he spent 12 years. While there, he met his wife Pat.  In 1974 they decided to give up the dangers of big city policing to raise their children in a small town. They moved to Cheney, WA where he accepted the position of Chief, serving in that position for 25 years. When he was hired, he was the youngest chief in the state and upon retirement in 1999, was the long- est tenured. Jerry’s retirement card read: “Police Chief Career Arrested by Retirement. Now Doing Life.”  Jerry and Pat retired to their dream lakeside home in Newman Lake . Continuing with his service ethic, he became actively involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind raising a variety of puppies for the organization. The family re- quest that donations be made in his name to the Spokane Chapter of Guide Dogs for the Blind.
 
Robert Torgerson, NA Session 232, passed away April 20th, 2019 in Tucson, AZ where he had moved after his retirement in July 2017 after 13 years as the Chief of Aberdeen PD. He was in the hospital initially to deal with a blood-related infec-
tion but sadly the condition became fatal. Robert grew up in Minnesota. He served in the Air Force and earned a Purple Heart in the Vietnam War. His first police officer job was in Nichols, IA working as a detective and then a captain. Bob created one of Iowa’s first Domestic Assault Response Team (DART). His daughter Rose fondly re- membered her dad’s big heart. He often opened up his spare bedroom for any friend who might be struggling or homeless. In one case, he took in a woman for six months before hiring her as the police department as a dispatch- er. He was also a significant volunteer for the United Way of Grays Harbor, Coastal Community Action Program and nationally for the Red Cross. In addition to teaching first aid and CPR, he helped after disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and 9/11. In a nod to his National Academy experience, he established the Yellow Brick Road system for tsunamis by placing signs around Aberdeen to lead people on foot to safe zones. He thought it would be easy for the citizens to remember to “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” Torgerson was married for nearly 40 years and had two daughters and one son.