February 2022 Chapter Chat

BY OUR MEMBERS

PUBLISHED ON: February 9, 2022

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California

Retirements

Congratulations to Chief Robert Luna, NA Session 198, who retired from the Long Beach Police Department in December 2021.


Connecticut

Chapter News

The Connecticut Chapter will be hosting their Capitol Region Luncheon on February 17, 2022 at noon at the Back Nine Tavern in New Britain, CT. Please email ctfbinaa@gmail.com for more information.


Promotions

Congratulations and best wishes to John Puglisi, NA Session 253, on his promotion to Chief of Police for the Brookfield Police Department (CT). Chief Puglisi has been with the Brookfield Police Department for 34 years.


Congratulations to Chief James Viadero, NA Session 222, on his selection as Chief Inspector for the Office of Inspector General. Chief Viadero has served as the Chief of Police for the Town of Newtown for six years. Chief Viadero previously served as the Chief of Police for the Town of Middlebury after retiring as a Captain of the Bridgeport Police Department.


Retirements

Congratulations on the retirement of Brookfield Police Chief James (Jay) Purcell, NA Session 224. Chief Purcell retired on January 31, 2022, following more than 38 years in law enforcement with the Town of Brookfield.


Eastern Pennsylvania

Chapter News

March 24, 2022 at 8:00am, the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter will hold their 2022 1st Quarter meeting, training as well as inducting and welcoming back Sessions 280 & 281, and recognizing Session 282 who will be departing for Quantico. This event will be held at Subaru Park, 2501 Seaport Drive, Chester, PA. Guest speaker will be Attorney Chris Boyle. All NA Graduates are welcome in addition to bringing along the future of your agencies. Training is open to all sworn law enforcement.


Eastern PA Chapter Retrainer is booked for May 15-17, 2022 in Gettysburg! BOOK THE DATE! Registration is OPEN! http://www.fbinaaeasternpa.org/ https://www.gatewaygettysburg.com/accommodations


Promotions

Serell Ulrich, NA Session 281, Pennsylvania State Police, was promoted on January 19, 2022 to Major, PSP while attending the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. Upon his return he will assume the role of Director, Bureau of Criminal Investigation.


Retirements

The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter would like to congratulate Cory McGookin, Unit Chief at the National Academy, who is retiring from the FBI effective January 28, 2022. We’d like to thank Cory for his support and dedication to the FBINAA through the years and we wish him all the best in the future.


Passings

The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to all agencies and departments that have lost members this past year. 2021 was a difficult year with losing 512 officers in the line of duty. Please stay safe.


Florida

Promotions

James “JR” Riggs, NA Session 273, was promoted to Chief of Police, leading the Altamonte Springs Police Department effective February 5, 2022. Chief Riggs is a 25+ year veteran of the ASPD, and most recently, he served as the Deputy Chief of Police.


Daniel Smutz, NA Session 256, will be retiring as the Chief of Police for the Altamonte Springs Police Department on February 2, 2022. Chief Smutz is an excellent leader in our profession and has made a profound impact the community. His presence, insight, and leadership will be greatly missed.


Congratulations to Chief Riggs on his promotion and Chief Smutz on his retirement and lifelong service to the citizens of Altamonte Springs. We wish both of them great success in their next chapter of their lives and services to others.


Roger Torres, NA Session 257, was appointed to Chief of Police at the Surfside Police Department, on January 11, 2022. Chief Torres had retired from the Sunrise Police Department prior to assuming his new position.


Retirements

Allen Sjoberg, NA Session 239, Director of Campus Safety & Security for Johnson and Wales University, retired in July 2021. Prior to his service at the University, Director Sjoberg had been the Deputy Chief of Police for the Bay Harbor Island Police Department. His law enforcement career spanned 45 years of services, which started in Massachusetts in 1975.


Illinois

Chapter News

The Illinois Chapter held its annual swearing in of board members for the 2022 State Board, Northern Board, and the Railsplitters Board. The boards hosted a meeting to discuss the upcoming State Conference November 2-4, 2022 in Galena, IL.


Kansas Western Missouri

Promotions

Rich Lockhart, NA Session 216, has been named as the Chief of the Lawrence Police Department (KS) effective January 16, 2022. He served and retired with the Kansas City Police Department (MO) (1990-2016) and then as the Chief of the Warrensburg Police Department (MO) for the past six years. He is most proud of being the Incident Commander for the 2012 All Star Game and PIO for the KCPD. He has created a culture of community engagement in Warrensburg and is taking his experience to Lawrence! Congrats and we wish you all the best in your new Chief position, Rich!


Todd Ackerman, NA Session 216, has been named as the new Director of Public Safety in August, Kansas. He will be in charge of police, fire and rescue, and dispatch divisions. Todd will be starting soon and we wish him the very best in his new role! Congrats, Todd!


Retirements

Major Darren Ivey, NA Session 274, retired from the Kansas City Police Department (MO) on December 31, 2021 with over 38 years in law enforcement. He served nine years as an Air Force and Law Enforcement Supervisor before being hired with KCPD in 1983. Darren worked his way up through the ranks and retired as a Major. He has served on many boards over the years including CIT International, Pause First, Police Athletic League of Kansas City to name a few. He is going to continue with his true passion – teaching and consulting on Officer Wellness/Self-Care, PTSD, Stress Management, and CIT related topics. He is also going to continue into his 8th season working with Major League Soccer. We wish Darren well in his ‘retirement’!


Major Scott Gilcrist, NA Session 275, retired from the Topeka Police Department (KS) on January 1, 2022. He served over 31 years in law enforcement to his community in Topeka! He worked his way up through the ranks and retired at the rank of Major. Scott was a K-9 Officer, Detective, helicopter pilot, and a member of their department’s Response Team. He is truly retiring, and we thank him for all of his years of service! Congratulations, Scott!


Special Investigator Bill Delaney, NA Session 179, retired from Kansas Judicial Administration, Office of the Disciplinary Administrator (ODA) on 12-30-21 after a successful 46-year law enforcement career. Bill started with the Gladstone Department of Public Safety in 1975. In 1978, he began working with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) until his retirement in 2013. He began his career as a Special Agent and retired as the Special Agent in charge of the Overland Park, KS office of the KBI.

Bill has been very active with our Chapter and a member for 28 years. He served as our Chapter President in 2014 and a recipient of our prestigious Clarence M. Kelley Meritorious Service Award in 2021. He also was the recipient of the Jack Ford Award for resolution of a major homicide in Atchison County, KS (2010). Bill was a member of numerous organizations including the Kansas Metro Squad (1979-2013), International Homicide Investigators Association (1991-2013), International Association of Arson Investigators, and the Kansas Chapter of International Association of Identification.

Bill is retiring and has moved back to his hometown in Missouri where he was born and raised. He intends to enjoy family, his family farm, investigative contract work, and teaching. Your dedication to our profession is second to none, Bill! We congratulate you on a successful career and wish you the very best in retirement.


New York Eastern Canada

Chapter News

The New York Eastern Canada Chapter wishes to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Police Officer Jason Rivera and Police Officer Wilbert Mora of the New York City Police Department. Many FBINAA members, including NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, NA Session 235, answered the call on the tragic evening of January 21, 2022 to assist our law enforcement brothers and to coordinate the many tasks that take place following an incident of this magnitude.


Your Executive Board and the Board of Governors met to plan the chapter’s events for 2022. Visit the Chapter’s website for information regarding upcoming events and chapter awards nomination forms. While reviewing the site, check out the criteria for the Chapter’s newest award, the Teddy Roosevelt Inspirational Leadership Award.


Promotions

The Suffolk County Police Department has seen a number of NA graduates advance in the agency’s leadership team.

  • Rob Waring, NA Session 270, was promoted to Chief of the Department
  • Gerard Hardy, NA Session 244, was promoted to Chief of Patrol
  • John Rowan, NA Session 236, was promoted to Deputy Chief of Patrol
  • Stanley Grodski, NA Session 228, was promoted to Deputy Chief of Detectives

Congratulations to these law enforcement leaders.


Retirements

Stuart Cameron, NA Session 208, Acting Police Commissioner and Chief of Department of the Suffolk County Police Department, retired on January 3, 2022 after serving the citizens of the county for 37 years.


Congratulations to Chief Daniel Henderson, NA Session 242, on his retirement in December 2021 from the Harriman Police Department (NY), where he served eight years. Chief Henderson worked for 20 years with the Goshen Village Police Department serving as Police Officer, Detective and Patrol Sergeant before being appointed as the Chief in the nearby Village of Harriman in 2013.


Inspector William Silva, NA Session 222, also retired from the Suffolk County Police Department on January 3, 2022. Bill most recently served as the Commanding Officer of the Fifth Precinct.


Chief of Operations Christopher Hatton, NA Session 243, retired from the Suffolk County Police Department on January 31, 2022. Chief Hatton began his law enforcement career with the NYPD before joining Suffolk in September of 1987.


South Carolina

Chapter News

Our January dinner and meeting was hosted by Director John Thomas, NA Session 197, and the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. 1st Vice President T.J. Geary chaired the meeting. There were 80 in attendance. If you ever attend a dinner that North Augusta DPS hosts, you won’t miss one after that. Billy Lucky & Co. know how to grill a ribeye steak (or 80). Our guest speaker was North Augusta Town Administrator Jim Clifford. Jim gave a great presentation on leadership, commitment to taking care of your troops, and the importance of family in being successful. FBI ASAC Reid Davis gave an update from the Bureau. The FBI is currently focusing on the number of officers killed in the United States as well as huge spike in violent crimes since 2019. The Bureau is reviewing the last three years of incidents. SCFBINAA Youth Leadership Program Chairman Terrence Green gave an update on the YLP. The deadline for submitting applications is February 4, 2022.


Retirement

Chief Gene Sealy, NA Session 167, has retired from the Forest Acres Police Department after over 48 years of service. Chief Sealy began his career with Forest Acres as part-time dispatcher and auxiliary police officer in 1973. He was sworn in as a full-time law enforcement officer in 1975. He has worked in every division, (patrol, narcotics, detective) within the FAPD. In 1988 was promoted to Lieutenant in charge of Investigation Division and was promoted to Operations Commander several years later. He was promoted to Chief of Police in 1994, a position he has held for 27 years. Chief Sealy holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina. Congratulations, Chief Sealy.