May 2021 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 25th of every month. Please attach to the email high-resolution digital .jpg or .tif photos to: Jen Naragon at: jnaragon@fbinaa.org.

California

Chapter News

Jim Dudley, NA Session 192, will be a presenter at the National Conference in Orlando. His presentation is entitled “Answers to the Recruitment Dilemma from 2020 Forward.” His podcast “Policing Matters” is available on Police One.


Dale Morgan, NA Session 214, is serving as the president of the National Association of Bunco Investigators (NABI). NABI specifically addresses elder fraud offenses committed through confidence schemes. These crimes are oftentimes perpetrated by transnational criminal organizations. More information can be found at www.nabihq.com.


Promotions

Congratulations to Jeff Smith, NA Session 266, who has been named the next Chief of Police for Pismo Beach Police Department. Jeff is currently the interim Chief for San Luis Obispo Police Department and has been with that department since 2003.


Congratulations to Rick (Richard) Scott, NA Session 248, who has been named the next Chief of Police for the San Luis Obispo Police Department. Rick is currently an Assistant Chief with North Richland Hills Police Department, a suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, so let’s give him a big California welcome!


Congratulations to Troy Bergstrom, NA Session 252, who was appointed to Chief of Police for the Roseville Police Department effective March 10th.


Congratulations to Manuel “Fred” Armijo, NA Session 278, who was appointed to Chief of Police for Oceanside Police Department effective March 21st.


Retirements

Commander Rory Lakind, NA Session 234, retired from Pacific Grove Police Department after 5 plus years. He previously worked at Houston Police Department for over 21 years and retired there as a Lieutenant.


Congratulations to Commander Cory Palka, NA Session 246, from Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations-West Bureau. Cory is retiring after serving 34 years with LAPD. We wish him nothing but the best in his next chapter in life, which will involve the FBINAA even in retirement.


Captain John Wilson, NA Session 262, retired in December 2020 from the Scotts Valley Police Department after a 28-year career with the agency.


Congratulations to William Roche, NA Session 261, who retired from the Concord Police Department after over 30 years of service to that city.


Eastern Pennsylvania

Chapter News

Eastern PA Chapter Retrainer is scheduled for May 23-25th in State College, PA. Training and networking opportunities open to all NA Chapters and their members. Registration is at full capacity – looking forward to a great event. Check www.fbinaaeasternpa.org for more events and details.


James Christie, Assistant Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Field Office was presented with an Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Plaque with a photo of the current Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter’s Executive Board for the FBI Philadelphia Field Office. Michael Driscoll and Chapter President John L. Hearn presented James Driscoll with the Plaque at our most recent Chapter Board meeting; we hope to continue our Partnership with the FBI Philadelphia Field Office in the future!


Thomas Cuckovic, NA Session 274, from Upper Allen Township accepted the position of 2nd Vice-President for the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter. Tom brings great interest and dedication to the Chapter and continues the legacy of Upper Allen leadership who have proudly served on the Executive Board.


Promotions

Mark Bernstiel, NA Session 204, was promoted to Chief of Montgomery County Detectives replacing retiring Chief Sam Gallen. Mark served various units as a Detective, Lieutenant, and Deputy Chief before being selected as the Chief.


Retirements

Greg Stone, NA Session 214, officially retired on March 1, 2021, after 35 years of dedicated service to the West Goshen Police Department. Greg has also served as the Treasurer of the Eastern PA Chapter and currently serves as an At-Large Board member. We wish Greg best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement and thank him for his ongoing dedication to our Chapter.


Samuel Gallen, NA Session 189, officially retired on March 5, 2021, after 40 years of dedicated service to both the Hatboro Police Department and the Montgomery County Detectives.


Michael S. Mclaughlin, NA Session 210, officially retired on March 24, 2021, after 40 years of dedicated service to the Upper Allen Police Department. Mike has also served as the President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter and currently serves as Parliamentarian on our Board as an advisor. We wish Mike best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement.


Passings

The Eastern PA Chapter mourns the loss of a 29-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, Chief Inspector Daniel MacDonald, NA Session 241, on April 8, 2021, while visiting Arizona. Chief MacDonald was also a US Army, Iraq, and Afghanistan Veteran.


Florida

Retirements

Chief Charles J. Brown, NA Session 244, retired from the Ocoee Police Department after 28 years, the last 12 years as Chief of Police. Under his leadership, the Ocoee Police Department went from a small town agency to a professional, accredited agency. On his retirement date, January 22, 2021, was proclaimed Chief Charles J. Brown day in the City of Ocoee by the Mayor.


Kansas - Western Missouri

Retirements

Dave Brown, NA Session 243, retired on March 1, 2021, after 35 years of service to his communities. He served 32 years with the Lenexa Police Department (KS) and retired as a Major. For the past three years, Dave has been the Chief of Fairway Police Department (KS). He also served five (5) years in the Marine Corps Reserves in the Kansas City area. Dave is proud to have learned from phenomenal leaders, including Chief John Foster and Chief Ellen Hanson, and was able to apply those skills under Chief Thomas Hongslo in Lenexa and subsequently with Fairway Police Department. He has enjoyed engaging with his community, FBINAA peers, fellow law enforcement. Dave is now serving as the Public Safety Segment Advisor with T-Mobile and excited to continue working in the Kansas and Missouri area public safety professionals. Congratulations, Dave – we wish you the best!


Dan Ward, NA Session 250, retired on March 17, 2021, with 34 total years of law enforcement service. He was with the Lawrence Police Department (KS) for 27 years and obtained the rank of Captain. Dan became the Chief of Arkansas City Police Department (KS) in 2014 until his retirement this year. He is most proud of the officers he was able to recruit, hire and retain in his career. Dan was blessed to work with wonderful and passionate people who were truly dedicated to public service. For the past 20 years, Dan has been working on his merchant mariners credentials and became a US Coast Guard licensed Master Captain last year. He will be working as a charter boat Captain in Branson, MO as well as operating the dinner boat, Lady Liberty, and wooden day boat, The Goin Jessi, for Big Cedar Lodge. He welcomes any fellow FBI NAA grads to visit and relax! Good luck in your new position, Dan!


Passings

Larry Welch, beloved Dean Emeritus of the Kansas - Western Missouri Chapter, passed away April 7, 2021, at the age of 85. Larry’s dream was to be an FBI agent which he fulfilled in 1961. He served in several assignments including Knoxville, TN; Washington DC; Miami, FL; West Palm Beach, FL; San Juan, Puerto Rico; San Antonio, TX; McAllen, TX; Kansas City, MO, and Wichita, KS. During his FBI career, he served on the protective detail for US AG Robert Kennedy, investigated the KKK in Tennessee, Florida, and Texas, and was involved in numerous cases of murder, bank robbery, and kidnapping.

In 1986, Larry retired from the FBI and became the Associate Director of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) and later the Director. In 1994, he was appointed by AG Robert Stephan as Director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) until his final retirement in 2007. Larry was awarded a lifetime membership in the FBINAA, the Kansas Sheriff’s Association, the Kansas Peace Officer’s Association, and the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police and honored to have served each of those organizations.

Larry will always be remembered for his sense of humor, his timely and informative legal updates to our Chapter, his services as banquet Master of Ceremonies, his love for his late wife Shirley, the FBI, the FBINAA, and our Chapter, the KBI, the KLETC, and all things Kansas - KU, and Jayhawks. We will miss you dearly, old friend!


Latin America Caribbean

Promotions

Lt. Colonel Homero Rodriguez, NA Session 145, Past President of FBINAA Latin America Caribbean Chapter, now a member of Florida Chapter was elected President of the International Region of ACORE, Association of Retired Officers of Colombia Military Forces, the oldest and most important Veteran’s organization in the country.


New Jersey

Passings

Retired Fairfield (NJ) Chief of Police, William H. Vanderhoof Jr., NA Session 130, passed away on April 16, 2021. Chief Vanderhoof attended the FBI National Academy in 1983 as a proud member of the 130th Session.


Wisconsin

Chapter News

ANNUAL WI FBINAA RETRAINER, PAST PRESIDENTS MEETING & ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
June 1-4, 2021 | Location: The Pointe Hotel & Suites, 8269 US-51, Minocqua, WI 54548
Various training topics, including the annual membership business meeting, election of officers, cookout, banquet, and great networking opportunities!


ANNUAL GOLF OUTING
Friday, August 6, 2021, 10:00 A.M. TEE TIME | Location: Ironwood Golf Course, N6166 Moraine Dr., Sussex, WI
Includes 18 holes of golf with cart, beverage tickets, lunch during golf, dinner after golf, and a golfer's gift. Raffle prizes also available!


FALL SHOOT
Thursday, September 9, 2021 | Location: Waukesha Police Department Range, Waukesha, WI
Join us for firearms training on the range, cook-out, and networking!


ANNUAL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON & BOARD MEETING
December 2, 2021 | Location: Lepanto Banquet Hall, 350 E. Seven Hills Rd., Port Washington, WI 53074 (located inside Country Inn & Suites Hotel)
Watch for the registration form and more information.


Jeff Caponera, NA Session 276, began his career in 1995, in Colorado with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked for two years. He then moved to the City of Thornton where he remained until moving to Texas in 2003. In 2008, following a brief stint with the Collin County Constable's Office (Pct. 1), Jeff left to pursue an opportunity for advancement, accepting a sergeant's position with the Anna Texas Police Department. In 2014, Jeff was promoted to Lieutenant, followed by an appointment to Interim Police Chief in January 2018. In June of 2018, he was appointed a Chief of the Anna Police Department until his retirement on August 31, 2020.

Jeff began a second career in September 2020 with his appointment as the Chief of Police with the Village of Grafton Police Department, in Wisconsin. Together with his relocation to Wisconsin, Jeff also became a member of the WI Chapter of the FBINAA. In addition to being a graduate of the 276th Session of the FBI National Academy, Jeff holds a BS degree in Public Administration from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and is also a graduate of the 53rd session of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration’s (ILEA) School of Executive Leadership.


Promotions

President Donald Trump provided the final signature on December 29th for Menomonee Falls Police Chief Anna Ruzinski, NA Session 175, to become U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. President Trump nominated Ruzinski for the position in February 2020, but the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate had to approve the nomination. The Senate voted to approve Ruzinski on December 16th.

January 9, 2021, was Anna’s last day with the Village of Menomonee Falls Police Department, where she served as police Chief since 2007. Anna’s law enforcement career began in 1981 when she was hired by the Milwaukee Police Department where she served for 26 years while moving up through the ranks retiring as a Deputy Inspector, before taking the police chief job in Menomonee Falls in 2007. Anna graduated from the FBI National Academy, 175th Session, and holds a bachelor's degree in organizational security and management from the University of Phoenix.

As federal marshal, Ruzinski will be responsible for enforcing all orders of the U.S. District Court in 26 counties in the eastern part of the state, including Waukesha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, and Kenosha counties. The orders include executing warrants, serving civil processes, seizing and auctioning property, and transporting prisoners for federal court.


Jim Pfister, NA Session 259, was promoted to Chief of Police in October of 2020 for the City of Oconomowoc Police Department.


On January 20, 2021, the Village of Menomonee Falls Police and Fire Commission unanimously approved Acting Chief Mark Waters, NA Session 237, as Police Chief. Mark has been with the village for 29 years and the assistant chief for the past 10 years. He had been appointed acting Chief upon the departure of former Chief Ruzinski. Before coming to Menomonee Falls, Mark was a police officer with the City of Brookfield Police Department for one month and a deputy sheriff with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office from 1988-1992. Mark is a graduate of the 237th Session of the FBI National Academy and has been an adjunct instructor at Marquette University since 2007.


Brookfield Police Department Assistant Chief Jim Adlam, NA Session 221, has been appointed the next Police Chief of the Brookfield Police Department, effective April 6, 2021. Adlam has been with the department for 35 years and has been the Assistant Chief for the past 5 years.


Bryan Franckowiak, NA Session 279, was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police on April 6th, 2021. He is an 11 year veteran of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office and has been with the City of Brookfield Police Department for 9 years. He has over two decades of experience to include military, fire service, and law enforcement. Bryan has held many prominent supervisory positions in the law enforcement community. These positions include Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Training Lieutenant, Investigations Captain, and Patrol Captain. Bryan has also been involved in the SWAT community since 2004 and has worked his way from the operator position to Assistant Commander.

Bryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 279th session. Bryan is also a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and maintains multiple state instructor certifications.


Retirements

Jeff Hook, NA Session 209, retired from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office on December 18, 2020, after serving 32 years with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. Jeff previously served with the US Army Military Police Corps, the Cross Plains Police Department, and as Chief of the Blue Mounds Police Department. Jeff worked many positions within the DCSO including a sergeant, lieutenant, Administrative Captain, Patrol Captain, and became the Chief Deputy in 2011.


Tina Braun, NA Session 246, retired as a Lieutenant from the Fond du Lac Police Department on January 22, 2021, following a 26 ½ year law enforcement career. During her tenure with the Fond du Lac Police Department, Tina served in various roles including K9 handler and Unified Tactics Instructor. Tina was also a member of the Honor Guard and a squad leader on the Field Force Team. For many years Tina was also a very active rider/participant in the annual Police Unity Tour. In 2009 Tina was selected “Woman Officer of the Year” by the Wisconsin Association of Women Police.


Kelly Kent, NA Session 236, retired February 10, 2021, from the Oshkosh Police Department after serving more than 30 years. His career in policing began with assignments as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. For the last 13 years, he held the rank of Captain, serving as a member of the command staff and successively being in charge of the Investigative, Patrol, and Administrative Bureaus. Kelly holds an MPA degree and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 236th Session. In retirement, he will be an adjunct instructor teaching Criminal Justice courses online for two local colleges.


Dan Tushaus, NA Session 172, retired as Chief of the Brookfield Police Department on Monday, April 5th, completing a career spanning 44 years, 20 as Chief.


Fond du Lac Police Chief Bill Lamb, NA Session 209, will retire in May after 33 years in law enforcement, he announced recently. Lamb started his career at age 20, and 13 years later he became chief of police for the village of North Fond du Lac's police department, a role he kept for a decade. The next decade saw him in the same role in the city of Fond du Lac. During his Fond du Lac years, he led the department to a gold standard in Law Enforcement Accreditation, and to increase the training and preparedness of the officers in the use of force, tactical operations capabilities, and active shooter response training. "As rewarding as it has been, serving as a (chief) for twenty plus years has required considerable sacrifices by my family and the time has come for me to make up some of that time with them," he said.


Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney, NA Session 234, who has held that office since 2006, plans to retire on May 8th and take on a new role in safety and security with American Family Insurance. Of Mahoney’s 41 years in law enforcement, all but one have been spent with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Mount Senario College and course work through the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin. In addition, David is a graduate of the 92nd National Sheriff’s Institute, Executive Management Program, the 234th Session of the FBI National Academy, and 36th Session of the FBI National Executive Institute (NEI) for Executive Management.

Along with his law enforcement duties in Dane County, WI. David serves on several statewide and national committees to include: National Sheriff’s Association – Board of Directors, Major County Sheriff’s Association – National Secretary, Major County Sheriff’s Association – Committee on Jail Mental Health, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Homeland Security.


Jonathan Eric Aubart, NA Session 256, began his career as a Reserve Officer for the River Falls Police Department on July 6, 1988. He began as a patrol officer on January 27, 1993, and was promoted to Police Sergeant on January 1, 2001. On January 27, 2009, he was promoted to Sergeant of Investigations and Youth Services. Upon Chief Leque’s retirement, Jonathan served as Acting Chief from October 2015 to January of 2016, whereupon he returned to his role as Sergeant. He was then appointed Deputy Chief of Police on February 15, 2006. Deputy Chief Aubart will retire from the River Falls Police Department on May 14, 2021. Between 2001 and 2002 Aubart completed the Wisconsin Certified Public Managers Program through the University of Wisconsin-Madison while taking an active role in Emergency Management for the River Falls Police Department. Jonathan is a 2016 graduate of the 256th Session of the FBI National Academy.


Passings

LaVern Junior ("Sonny") Krause, NA Session 88: September 2, 1930 – November 25, 2020


Bruce Bishop, NA Session 72: August 24, 1923 – November 6, 2020


Allen J. Sherven, NA Session 179: February 22, 1952 – December 23, 2020