January 2021 Chapter Chat


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Chapter News

Chief Sean Duggan of the Chandler Police Department, NA Session 227, is a candidate for Vice President at Large for the IACP Executive Board. The Arizona Board of the FBINAA fully endorses Chief Duggan to be the next VP at Large for the IACP.

The Executive Board wishes to thank Mary Ellen Walsh from the Phoenix Office of the FBI for all the help she as given to our Chapter over the last few years. Mary will be moving on. We will miss her and wish her all the best!!

Congratulations to Commander Jeff Grow, NA Session 244, from the Tolleson Police Department who was recently elected as Secretary to our Executive Board.


Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell, NA Session 177, retired on November 30, 2020 after nearly 45 years in law enforcement. Chief Rodbell served 19 years as Scottsdale’s Police Chief, second longest Chief’s tenure in the department’s history. Prior to taking over at Scottsdale PD, Chief Rodbell had a 25-year career with the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department. Chief Rodbell has always been a strong supporter of the FBINAA. Congratulations Alan!

Maricopa Police Chief Steve Stahl, NA Session 252, also recently announced his retirement effective January 4, 2021. After nearly 25 years with the Mesa Police Department, Steve was selected as an interim Police Chief for City of Maricopa in 2011. In February 2012 he was offered and accepted the permanent position. Steve also served as President for the Arizona Chapter of the FBINAA. Thanks for your 34 years of service to the Arizona law enforcement community Steve!


Chapter News

The California Chapter welcomes the Interim 4th Vice President, Scott Savage, NA Session 237. Scott has over 32 years of law enforcement experience having served in also every facet of police work. Scott retired at the rank of Captain from the San Jose Police Department after serving 26 years and joined the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office as Assistant Chief Investigator, where he stayed for another six years. Scott continued to be active in the FBINAA, hosting training, attending events and was successful in reintroducing the District Attorney’s Office to the National Academy.


Alma Zamora, NA Session 273, was appointed to Assistant Sheriff on November 15, 2020. Alma started her career with the East Palo Alto Police Department in April of 1992. She served the East Palo Alto Police Department as a patrol officer, FTO, Dare Officer, School Resource Officer, and Narcotic Operations. She was promoted to Sergeant on January 2003. As a Sergeant she was assigned to Operations before being selected to serve as Special Assistant to the Chief. Alma left East Palo Alto Police Department on September 24, 2006 and went to work for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Alma has worked a variety of assignments throughout the Sheriff’s Office, including as Commander of the Countywide Narcotics and vehicle Theft Task Force and Director of the Sheriff’s Office Homeland Security Division and Office of Emergency Services.

Congratulations to Michael Kihmm, NA Session 262, who was sworn in as the new Deputy Chief of Vallejo PD on November 30th. Michael started his career in 1991 with the Milpitas Police Department and lateraled to San Jose PD in 1994. Michael has a broad range of experience and promoted through the ranks leaving at the rank of Captain.

Congratulations to Troy Bergstrom, NA Session 252, who has been appointed Acting Police Chief of the Roseville Police Department.


Congratulations to Police Chief Armando Corpuz, NA Session 257, who recently retired from the Milpitas Police Department. We wish you well.


Condolences go out to the family and friends of George “Al” Howenstein, Jr., NA Session 100, who passed away in Mid-November. Al started his law enforcement career as an officer in San Anselmo, where he stayed for 25 years before being elected Sheriff of Marin County, holding the office from 1978 – 1982. In 1983, Al and his wife Carol, moved to Sacramento where Al served as the Director of the California Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning. After retiring from that position, Al founded the California Association of Licensed Security Agencies, Guards and Associates, to improve the quality of service and public perception of the Security Industry. Al was devoted to community service and was also active in the Rotary, Crime Alert and the Northern California Peace Officer’s Association.



The Connecticut Chapter is sad to report the passing of the following members this past year:

  • John Herman, NA Session 207
  • Thomas Garbeidan, NA Session 207
  • Robert Guliano, NA Session 108
  • Gerald Murphy, NA Session 97

Eastern Pennsylvania

Chapter News

Eastern PA Chapter re-trainer is scheduled for May 23-25th in State College, PA. Training and networking opportunities open to all NA Chapters and their members. Check www.fbinaaeasternpa.org for more details.

Congratulations to the Chapter Officers for 2021:

  • President, John L. Hearn, NA Session 247
  • 1st Vice President, John Potts, NA Session 262
  • 2nd Vice President, Wil James, NA Session 267
  • Treasurer, Chris Kuklentz, NA Session 275
  • Secretary, John Dougherty, NA Session 242

The Chapter would also like to thank out-going President Mark Zielinski, NA Session 219, for his dedication and commitment to our organization.


Mike Carroll, NA Session 246, who is to be sworn-in as Chief of Police for West Goshen Police Department on January 4, 2021 to take the place of retiring Chief Joe Gleason, NA Session 196. Mike has served with the agency for 24 years serving in patrol, detective and administrative divisions.

Andy Parsons, NA Session 237, was appointed Chief of Police of the Upper Allen Police Department on July 30, 2020.

Timothy Troxel, NA Session 269, was appointed Chief of Police of the Towamencin Township Police Department after serving for Upper Moreland Township for 25 years.

Eastern PA Chapter NA Coordinator, James Christie was recently promoted to Assistant Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Field Office of the FBI.


Past Chapter President Joe Gleason, NA Session 196, will be officially retiring January 2021 from the West Goshen Police Department after serving this community since 1981. Joe has been Chief since 2011 and was instrumental in advancing the policing profession.

Past Chapter Treasurer Greg Stone, NA Session 214, is also retiring as Captain from the West Goshen Police Department after serving 35 years.

Dick Hammon, NA Session 139, Retired Chief of Police Upper Allen Police Department retired from the PA Chiefs of Police Association December 30, 2020 as the PA State Accreditation Coordinator.

James Adams, NA Session 173, Retired as Chief of Police from the Upper Allen Police Department on July 29, 2020.

Paul (Tim) Dickinson, NA Session 175, Retired as Chief of Police from the Towamencin Township Police Department.


It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Mark Dorsey, NA Session 202, on November 19, 2020. Mark leaves behind his wife Karen, his daughter Beverly, sons Shawn and Patrick and 3 grandchildren.

Kansas-Western Missouri

Chapter News

Zim Schwartze, NA Session 231, competed in the Dogwood Canyon 50K Trail Race on November 7, 2020 in Lampe, MO. She was able to complete nearly 32 miles and dedicated the race to Officer Mark Priebe with the Springfield, MO Police Department. Officer Priebe was intentionally run over by a suspect in June 2020 and is permanently paralyzed from the waist down. Zim encourages all NA graduates to keep up their fitness level and keep running after the Academy is over!


Colonel Richard Powell, NA Session 267, retired as the Undersheriff of Sedgwick County, KS Sheriff’s Office on April 30, 2020. He was appointed as the Administrative Bureau Colonel since 2008 to oversee support functions, Training Academy and Budget Division for a $60 million dollar operation and 500+ sworn and civilian staff.

Richard served as the Commissioner for the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training from 2014-2019 as well as many Governor appointed committees. He is also very active on the state level law enforcement organizations and built numerous friendships over the years. His law enforcement experience includes serving at the Kansas Law Enforcement Center and Wichita KS Police Department.

Richard continues to volunteer his time in retirement and working with the American Red Cross. He is proud to chair the annual ‘Battle of the Badges’ in a friendly competition between law, fire and EMS personnel in one of the largest blood drives in his area! Thank you for your many years of service and continued volunteer work, Richard!

Bryon Price, NA Session 246, retired as the Chief of Oak Grove, MO Police Department on October 16, 2020 after nearly 35 years in law enforcement. He started his career in 1986 and promoted up through the ranks to Major with the Kansas City, MO PD. In 2013, Bryon was named the Chief of Oak Grove. During his career, he received numerous awards and sat on several boards which enhanced his ability to find a balance in public safety and fairness in policing. Bryon was honored to attend the Southern Police Institute, obtain his Master’s Degree, and attend the FBI NA. Bryon is also grateful for the relationships he built over the years with other law agencies and the community he served. This is his second retirement and he is truly retiring to Florida with his wife to be closer to his two daughters and enjoy his two new grandbabies. We wish him the very best and many days of sunshine!


Our Chapter mourns the loss of Chief Clarence Hoffman, NA Session 70, who attended the National Academy in 1962. He passed away on 11-21-20 and served as the National President in 1972-73. He served in WWII as a B-17 Flying Fortress as a tail gunner and then joined the Kansas City, MO Police Department from 1946-1975. He became the Chief of North Kansas City, MO Police Department for another 14 years and an additional 12 years as the Executive Director of the MO Peace Officers Association. Chief Hoffman was an icon in law enforcement and the Kansas-Western Missouri Chapter for many years.

We also mourn the loss of Sheriff Richard “Dick” Barta, NA Session 208, on December 9, 2020 at his home in Topeka, KS. He served with the Kansas Highway Patrol for 29 years and retired as a Major in 1997. He worked several years with the Kansas Lottery Commission Security Division and was selected and appointed as the Sheriff of Shawnee County, KS in 2000. He served three terms as the Sheriff until 2012.

New Mexico

Chapter News

The New Mexico Chapter hosted the Comprehensive Officer Wellness Train the Trainer October 19-21st at the Rio Rancho Police Department with 15 participants representing 10 agencies from New Mexico, Montana and Texas. First Tactical cooked lunch Tuesday for three different classes being conducted at the Department along with on-duty personnel, Covid Safe Practices and social distancing was practiced by all.


Retired Hobbs, NM Police Chief Chris McCall, NA Session 241, was selected to become the new Chief of Police for Kerrville, Texas. Chief McCall began his new duties November 30th and he is committed to remaining a member of the New Mexico Chapter while also joining the Texas Chapter. Chief McCall is a diehard Red Raider fan, not sure how that will go over in his new home?? Congratulations Chief!

Retired Albuquerque Police Department Commander Donnie Olvera, NA Session 260, came out of retirement to take a position as Deputy Chief of the Albuquerque Police Department. Congratulations Donnie on your return to APD!

Las Cruces Police Department Lieutenant Kiri Daines, NA Session 261, was promoted to Deputy Chief. Congratulations to Kiri in her new role.


Albuquerque Police Chief Michael Geier, NA Session 253, retired September 18th following a combined 47 years of law enforcement service. Chief Geier retired first after serving 20 years in Chicago, came to Albuquerque starting as a patrol officer to Commander with Albuquerque PD before retiring and taking over as Rio Rancho, NM Police Chief from 2014-2017 before becoming Chief of the Albuquerque Police Department.

Hobbs PD Deputy Chief Brian Dunlap, NA Session 251, retired September 30, 2020, years of service from June 1998 to Oct 2020. During Brian’s 22 year career he worked through the ranks at HPD actually starting at the department as an intern, while completing his Criminal Justice Degree from NMSU, and eventually achieved the rank of Deputy Chief of the Department in 2013. He served as the Interim Chief of Police for HPD for 6 months during 2019. During his career he served on the board of directors for Leadership NM and as a board member of many local charity organizations. Brian is currently spending his time coaching his son's travel league baseball team and hunting. His leadership presence will be missed at HPD.


Retired FBI Special Agent Calvin Guymon, passed away September 26, 2020 at the age of 77. Cal served the San Francisco Field Office from 1972-1977; Gallup, NM Resident Office from 1977-1980, and the Albuquerque Field Office from 1980 until his retirement in 2001. While in Albuquerque, Cal served as the FBINA Coordinator for many years. Cal is survived by his wife Gail, daughters Tracy Lynn Gohrick and husband Steve of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Teri Lee Guymon and spouse Olga of Albuquerque; seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren and one on the way; his brother Jimmie Guymon of Southampton, England, and numerous Nieces and Nephews.

City of Albuquerque Inspector General, Kenneth Bramlett, NA Session 162, passed away from complications of Covid on Tuesday, December 29th, Ken was 67 years old. Ken was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Ken is survived by his wife Jennifer of 26 years, and their five children. Albuquerque Mayor released a statement, “The harsh reality of this pandemic struck close to home yet again today. It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Ken Bramlett, a man who was truly dedicated to transparency and integrity. A former Marine, Ken applied the Corps’ core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment to his work with the City. He will dearly be missed, and our hearts are with the Bramlett family.”

Rocky Mountain


Congratulations to Travis Koltiska, NA Session 271, who was promoted to Chief of Police at Sheridan Police Department, Wyoming. He is a 19-year veteran of the police department and has served in a wide variety of roles before accepting the chief of police job. Before working in Sheridan, Chief Koltiska served as a police officer in the Wheatland Police Department, Wyoming. He looks forward to forging new relationships and strengthening partnerships as he takes on responsibility for Sheridan’s safety and security. Chief Koltiska is married with five children and he expressed gratitude for their support for his law enforcement career.

Loren Sharp, NA Session 279, was promoted to Chief of Police at Fort Morgan Police Department, Colorado. He is a 26- year veteran of the police department. He has worked his entire law enforcement career at Fort Morgan and served in many capacities. Chief Sharp was selected from a competitive pool of over a dozen applicants. He was sworn in December 15, 2020.

Joe Roybal, NA Session 278, was promoted to Bureau Chief at El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado. He began his service in 1995 and has held many roles. He is assigned to oversee the Administrative Bureau.


James (Jim) Davis, 60, died suddenly on Oct 30, 2020. Jim was retired from the FBI and an active member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter. Mr. Davis served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Denver Division prior to his retirement, and after he served as the Executive Director of Public Safety for the State of Colorado. Jim is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Jen; his parents, Jim and Kathy; his children, Brandie (Michael), James (Petra), and Sean; sister, Sue (Kevin); in-laws, Butch, Sue, Meghan (Kent), and Claire (Serge); and nieces and nephews, Victoria, Craig, Sasha, Jacob, Jackson, and Theo.


Chapter News

Danielle Croyle, NA Session 250 and Former Utah Chapter President, was recently recognized as the 2021 Athena Leadership Recipient by the Ogden-Weber Chamber Women in Business. Danielle is a graduate of Weber State University's criminal justice program, she serves as a member of the WSU's Social and Behavioral Science Advancement Board. She served on the Weber State University Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2012-2019, and as the president of the WSU Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2017-2019. Danielle currently works for the South Salt Lake Police Department as the public information officer and training coordinator.



Chief Dave Pearsall, NA Session 255, from Thurston County Sheriff’s Office retired on December 31, 2020 with more than 36 years of service. Chief Pearsall will continue his public service as an elected Fire Commissioner in Olympia, Washington. Congratulations Dave!