February 2021 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. 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: Jennifer Naragon at: jnaragon@fbinaa.org.


Chapter News

The Executive Board is still hoping to hold a Spring Trainer this year. Options are being discussed, but a lot will depend on the status of the Coronavirus as we get a bit closer.


Rudy Mendoza, NA Session 273, has been promoted to serve as Police Chief for the Tolleson Police Department. Chief Mendoza is a 20-year veteran of the department, serving in several capacities, most recently overseeing Police Operations. Congratulations, Rudy!!


After 28 years with the Tolleson Police Department, the last 4 serving as Police Chief, Wayne Booher, NA Session 215, is retiring this month. We wish Wayne all the best in his retirement.


Chapter News

The California Chapter Board got sworn in on December 22nd, 2020 by FBI Special Agent in Charge Craig Fair.
Left to Right: Eric Sonstegard, NA Session 246, Immediate Past President; Max Santiago, NA Session 214, Secretary; Craig Fair, FBI SAC; Russell McKinney, NA Session 240, Training Manager; Craig Chew, NA Session 248, Chapter President; Scott Savage, NA Session 237, 4th VP; Randy Goddard, NA Session 267, 3rd VP; Gina Di Napoli, NA Session 225, Historian and Photographer; Josh Ehlers, NA Session 259, 2nd VP; Daman Christensen, NA Session 242, 2020 Past President; Mike Barletta, NA Session 222, Treasurer; and Eric Thunberg, NA Session 255, 1st VP.


Deputy Chief Trevor Womack, NA Session 219, from Stockton Police Department (CA) has retired after 28 years of service. He was then appointed as the new Chief of Police from Salem, Oregon. Congratulations Chief Womack! Read More here.

Michael Kihmm, NA Session 262, was sworn in as the Deputy Chief of the Vallejo Police Department.

Congratulations to Alma Zamora, NA Session 273, who was appointed to Assistant Sheriff of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Congratulations to Troy Bergstom, NA Session 252, who was sworn in as the Acting Chief of Police for Roseville Police Department.


Congratulations Chief Eve Berg, NA Session 240, who has retired from Torrence Police Department.

Congratulations to Chief Armando Corpus, NA Session 257, who recently retired from the Milpitas Police Department after 30 years of service.

Congratulations to Chief Cindy Renaud, NA Session 214, who retired from the Santa Monica Police Department in October 2020.

Congratulations to Chief Diana Bishop, NA Session 219, who retired from San Rafael Police Department in December 2020


Retired Orange County Sheriff, Sandra Hutchens (nee Anderson), NA Session 171, who passed away on January 4th, 2021.

Sadly another long-time member and frequent attendee at all luncheons and conferences, both State and National, Retired Lodi Police Department Captain, Charlie Mauch, NA Session 152, passed away on January 4th. Charlie had been featured in the California Chapter November newsletter with his dream car, a Porsche 911 convertible, with a license plate of NA152ND…that is how much he loved the FBINAA. Charlie, we will miss you!

Former Redding Police Chief and Community Activist, Robert “Bob” P. Blankenship, NA Session 146, passed away in October 2020.

Commander Thomas “Tom” Vetter, NA Session 139, who retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He was also a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Marine Corps.


Chapter News

Congratulations to Meriden Police Chief Roberto Rosado, NA Session 261, Milford Police Chief Keith Mello, NA Session 190, and Newton Police Chief James Viadero, NA Session 222, as they were selected by Governor Ned Lamont to serve as members of the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council. The Council oversees the training and certification of police officers and department accreditations.


Congratulations to Robert Kalamaras, NA Session 276, of the Fairfield Police Department on his selection as Fairfield’s next Chief of Police.


Fairfield Police Chief Christopher Lyddy, NA Session 215 retired on January 22, 2021 after serving with the Fairfield Police Department for 38 years. Congratulations and best wishes!

District of Columbia


Congratulations to Chief Marieo Foster, NA Session 271, of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), on being appointed as the next Chief of the United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Engraving and Printing, effective February 16, 2021. Chief Foster has served the UDC Community, and the men and women of the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management for almost six years. Read more here.

Eastern Pennsylvania

Chapter News

2021 Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Officers were officially sworn-in to their respective offices by the Honorable Magisterial District Judge John R. Bailey, NA Session 223.

Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Retrainer is scheduled for May 23-25th, 2021 in State College, PA. Training and networking opportunities are open to all NA Chapters and their members. Check out our website for more details.


It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of West Pottsgrove Township Chief of Police Matt Stofflet, NA Session 275, on December 27, 2020. Matt leaves behind three grown children and many nieces and nephews. View his obituary here.



Colonel Kurt A. Hoffman, NA Session 255, was sworn in as the new Sarasota County Sheriff (FL). Congratulations Colonel Hoffman! Read More here. Watch the Ceremony here.

Eric Flowers, NA Session 270, sworn in as Sheriff of Indian River County Florida on January 5, 2021.

Brian Hester, NA Session 265, promoted to Chief Deputy St Lucie County Sheriff’s Office on January 1, 2021.


Chapter News

The Georgia Chapter just completed a successful Winter Meeting in Augusta and looks forward to the 2021 State Summer Conference at the Jekyll Island Club June 20 – 23, 2021!


Suwanee Police Chief Mike Jones, NA Session 155, retired at the end of January following a 47-year law enforcement career. Congratulations Chief!


Ken Bramlett, NA Session 162, and Scott Brunson, NA Session 206, both passed away the last week of December. Both Ken and Scott were past presidents of the Georgia Chapter and will be greatly missed.



Lieutenant Albert “Mick” Hauck, NA Session 152, retired on February 1, 2021 from the Indianapolis Metro Police Department after a 48-year career. Congratulations Mick!

Kansas Western Missouri


Congratulations to Sheriff Will Akin, NA Session 264, who was sworn in as Clay County, MO Sheriff on December 30, 2020 upon the retirement of Sheriff Paul Vescovo, NA Session 185.


Sheriff Paul Vescovo, NA Session 185, retired from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office after 37 years of service to his community on January 1, 2021. Paul served 16 years as the Clay County Sheriff. He started his career in 1978 with the Smithville, MO Police Department. He rose through the ranks and appointed as the Chief of Police in 1992. In 2004, he was elected the Clay County Sheriff and served until his recent retirement. Paul was a Police Advisor in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2011. He also served on the Missouri Department of Public Safety POST Commission from 2006-2008 as well as the President of the Missouri Peace Officers Association in 1996. We thank him for his many years of service and wish him well in his retirement!

Maryland Delaware


Major Daniel Galbraith, NA Session 250, of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office retired December 1, 2020. Major Galbraith has a long and proven record in the field of law enforcement and public safety. Starting with service to our Country as a member of the United States Army in 1984 where he served as a Military Police Investigator. Upon his honorable discharge from military service, he was first hired by the Havre de Grace Police Department in 1987 and then joined the Harford County Sheriff’s Office in 1989. In addition to his 36 years of service Dan is a proud and dedicated member of the FBI National Academy Associates Maryland/Delaware Chapter, and has served as the Secretary/Treasurer since 2015. Dan’s retirement was short-lived when his appointment to Warden of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Detention Center was announced on January 16, 2021. Congrats Dan!


Chapter News

Join us for the 2021 Nebraska FBINAA Spring Retrainer April 14-16, 2021 in Kearney, Nebraska. We will have a full slate of training and presentations starting with Chief (Ret) Tony Pustizzi covering the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting, retried NYPD Officer Mike Dyer covering officer wellness, stress, PTSD, and SSA Eric McGuire will present an overview of the investigation of Joaguin Guzman Loera AKA El Chapo. Several networking events to include “Nebraska Night” downtown Kearney on the Bricks at the historic World Theater, vendor expo, banquet, and hospitality thanks to our great vendor/sponsors. Agenda and registration link will be available on our website on February 1, 2021.


Congratulations Captain Martin Fehringer, NA Session 261! Marty was selected as the Assistant Chief of Police with the University of Nebraska Police Department in January 2021. Fehringer leaves the Lincoln, Nebraska Police Department after 31 years of dedicated service, most recently as a Uniform Patrol Team Captain. During his 31-year career with LPD Marty worked assignments as a School Resource Officer, Detective, Crime Scene, and Patrol Officer. He will join UNLPD, Chief Hassan Ramzah, NA Session 246.

New York Eastern Canada

Chapter News

2021 is already looking up – the NYSEC Chapter Chat is officially out of quarantine. On a serious note, the leadership of the New York Eastern Canada Chapter wish you all a prosperous and healthy 2021.

We wish the retirees, “promotees”, and those on the move success in all your future endeavors.


Sheriff William A. Sheron, NA Session 196, recently won re-election in Genesee County. Sheriff Sheron progressed through the ranks of the Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff-Jail, Deputy Sheriff-Road Patrol, Sergeant, Investigator and Chief Deputy Road Patrol. He served as Undersheriff from 1996 through 2016. He won his first term as Sheriff in 2017. Congrats, Bill.

Lawrence “Larry” Zacarese, NA Session 246, was appointed Interim Chief of Police and Assistant VP of Campus Security at the State University of New York’s Stony Brook Campus.


Hamilton Police Chief Eric Girt, NA Session 230, has pulled the plug after serving for almost 35 years with the Hamilton Police Service. Chief Girt rose through the ranks of the department from patrol officer to chief. Some of the accolades he received throughout his career include the Ontario Crime Control Commission’s Certificate of Excellence, Order of Merit of Police Forces and the Police Exemplary Service Medal. Congratulations Chief Girt!

Deputy Inspector Anthony J. Raganella (“Rags”), NA Session 223, recently retired from the NYPD after 25 years of dedicated service. Raganella was the commanding officer to the department’s Disorder Control Unit. He is now the president of NY Blue Line Consulting Group, Inc. and provides nationwide training and presentations related to protests and civil unrest. “Rags” is also on the FBINAA Speakers Bureau as well as sits on the boards and advisory groups of multiple organizations.

NYSEC Board of Governor and NYPD Deputy Inspector Joseph Del Duca, NA Session 263, retired from the New York City Police Department after a 27-year career. Joe, pictured with Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison, was the Commanding Officer of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Squad at the time of his retirement.

Chief Richard V. Tantalo, NA Session 176, of the Irondequoit (NY) Police Department retired after 42 years in law enforcement. Chief Tantalo retired in March 2020 and was appointed Director of Public Safety for the County of Monroe, NY in April of 2020.

Past Chapter President and Suffolk Police Department Assistant Chief Bob Oswald, NA Session 190, retired after a 40-year career. Time to forget the job emails and enjoy that nice new boat! Chief, thank you for your dedication and leadership which has significantly contributed to the success of our Chapter.

Robert Fitchett, NA Session 242, of Nassau Police Department retired at the rank of Inspector and took a new position with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Paul Arteta, NA Session 248, recently retired at the rank of Captain from a 28-year career with the Orange County (NY) Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant Chief Larry Jay, NA Session 249, retired from the US Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington, DC on November 30, 2020. During his 25 years of federal service, Larry was assigned to posts at the southwest border (San Diego) and the northern border (Buffalo). He also served as a member of the JTTF and represented the Border Patrol as an attaché in Warsaw, Poland.

Superintendent Dave Brown, NA Session 255, of the Durham Regional Police Service recently retired following a 30-year career. While he retired from policing, he continues to serve as a member of our Chapter’s Board of Governors.

Adam J. Love, NA Session 275, of the Massena Police Department retired on August 1, 2020.


In closing this edition, I would like us all to remember our Chapter’s departed, especially Ken Kelly, NA Session 113, who passed away on December 31. Ken’s brother, Tom Brandon, NA Session 182, is an active member of the Chapter.

Western Pennsylvania

Chapter News

Lieutenant Brian McKeown, NA Session 264, was sworn in as Western Pennsylvania Chapter President by Pittsburgh Division SAC Michael Christman at a virtual ceremony on January 15, 2021. Brian will lead the chapter until 2022. Brian serves as Administrative/Investigative Lieutenant with the Castle Shannon Borough Police Department in Pittsburgh, PA.

Sergeant Gary Watkins, NA Session 256, is the latest Castle Shannon Supervisor to complete the FBI LEEDA Trilogy. Sergeant Watkins completed the course work from the Supervisor Leadership Institute and the Command Leadership Institute in 2020 and the Executive Leadership Institute in January 2021. He joins Lieutenant David Lane, NA Session 245, and Lieutenant Brian McKeown, NA Session 264, with this accomplishment. Congratulations to Sergeant Watkins!