April/May/June 2020 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: Jennifer Naragon at: jnaragon@fbinaa.org


Alabama Chapter

Passings

We regret to inform you of the passing of, Wallace Campbell, NA Session 125. Chief Campbell served the City of Gardendale with honor and distinction from January 24, 1970 to his retirement on June 30, 2007. Chief Campbell graduated from the FBI National Academy, Session 125 on June 12, 1981. He was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Gardendale on January 24, 1992 following the retirement of Chief Hoyatt McCain. He was a member of the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a former President of the Jefferson County Police Chiefs Association.


Alaska Chapter

Promotions

Gerard Asselin, NA Session 276, with the Anchorage Police Department was promoted to Captain.


David Hanson, NA Session 246, with the Alaska State Troopers was promoted to Major, Division Headquaters.


Derek Degraff, NA Session 266, with the Alaska State Troopers was promoted to Captain with the Alaska Wildlife Troopers.


Retirements

Colonel Barry Wilson, NA Session 244, retired on January 15th, 2020 after nearly 30 years with the Alaska State Troopers working in Anchorage, Girdwood, Soldotna, C-Detachment and Headquarters serving in the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Colonel. “I was honored to be a member of the department and to have served for as long as I did. I look forward to seeing the future as it unfolds.” Col Wilson will remain in Alaska and plans to focus on expanding the FBINAA-AK activities with several more training and social activities in the future.


Major Andrew Greenstreet, NA Session 234 and NEI Class 40, retired on April 30th, 2020 from the Alaska State Troopers with more than 25 years in Alaska Law Enforcement. Major Greenstreet began his law enforcement career in September of 1987 as part of the Alaska State Troopers Explorer Program. He paid his way through the Department of Public Safety Training Academy and graduated in May 1994. Later that year he was hired by the Sitka Police Department where he worked for three years before returning home to Palmer where he worked for the local police department for a year. In December 1998 he was hired by the Alaska State Troopers, and rose through the ranks after completing his bush time in Kotzebue. In retirement, he and his wife plan to establish a faith-based, non-profit Law Enforcement retreat for active LEOs and their families on their 75 acres in Southwest Missouri.


Arizona Chapter

Passings

It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Greg Carnicle, NA Session 229, a Phoenix Police Department Commander. Greg Carnicle died in the line of duty on Sunday March 29 on the scene of a domestic violence call. Two other officers were also injured during the incident. The two officers are expected to recover. Commander Carnicle was a 31-year veteran of the force, and was just months away from retiring. During his distinguished career, he held positions throughout the department including the special assignments unit, K9 and he most recently oversaw all evening and weekend patrol operations. Rest In Peace Commander Carnicle.


California Chapter

Promotions

Congratulations to Craig Friesen, NA Session 276, who was promoted to Captain with Anaheim PD in October 2019.


Congratulations to Damon Wasson, NA Session 265, who was sworn in as the Chief of Police for Soledad PD in March 2020, after serving as their Interim Chief.


Congratulations to Ruben Chavez, NA Session 232, who retired as Chief of Livingston PD and on March 16th, 2020, took over as the Chief of Police for Gustine PD.


Congratulations are also in order for Sekou Millington, NA Session 256, who left Oakland PD as a Captain and was sworn at the beginning of February as the new Chief of Police for Tracy PD.


Huge congratulations go out to Gina Anderson, NA Session 219, who left Citrus Heights PD to join Newark PD as their new Chief of Police. Wishing her every success in her new position.


Retirements

Congratulations also to Jim Smith, NA Session 214, who retired from Monterey Park PD and started in a new position as Director for Law Enforcement Relations with ecoATM.


Congratulations to Chief David Westrick, NA Session 271, who retired from Hollister PD at the end of December


Congratulations to Lieutenant Greg Deuerlein, NA Session 240, who retired January 4th, 2020, from the Department of Defense Police.


Congratulations also to Deputy Commissioner Scott Silsbee, NA Session 243, who retired from the Sacramento Division of the California Highway Patrol.


Also retiring from the Sacramento Division of the California Highway Patrol is Chief Chris Main, NA Session 238. Congratulations Chris!


Congratulations to Joe Deras, NA Session 265, who retired from Gilroy Police Department!


Congratulations are also in store for James Buzo, NA Session 227, who retired after 37 years of public service in Fairfield Police Department, Stockton Police Department, and lastly at the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office. Thank you for your service James!


Passings

We recently learned of the passing of La Habra PD retired Chief Ronald D. Meehan, NA Session 144, who passed away on May 18th, 2019. After retiring Ronald went to Law School, where he obtained his Juris Doctorate. He then went to work at the Courts in Orange County and retired again sixteen years later from the Santa Ana Superior Court.


Condolences also go out to the family and friends of retired California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief, Lionel “Lonnie” C. Richards, NA Session 115, who passed away on February 20th, 2020. During his career, Lonnie was assigned to the Dignitary Protection Services and was the personal bodyguard to Governors Ronald Regan and Jerry Brown. He also oversaw the CHP operations during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Quite a career, thank you for your service!


We recently received notice of the passing of Grover “Bill” Payne, NA Session 214, on April 22, 2020. It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of retired Huntington Beach Police Chief Grover “Bill” Payne earlier this morning. Several of us were honored to be able to meet with his family and escort his body to the mortuary. May God bless the Payne family during this difficult time. Chief Payne passed away peacefully of natural causes in his Huntington Beach home. He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth, son William, his wife Katie, daughter Vicki, her husband Ron and daughter Laurie and her husband Mike as well as their seven grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Chief Payne started his career as an officer with the Huntington Beach Police Department on November 1, 1958. He became a Detective in 1961, Sergeant in 1963, Lieutenant in 1965, and a Captain in 1967. On April 18, 1987, he became the 15th Chief of Police for the HBPD. He retired on August 4, 1989 after more than 31 years serving our community. During his time as Chief of Police, he oversaw a department of 327 employees, including 197 sworn officers. Chief Payne had numerous commendations and letters of appreciation in his file. In 1961, then Detective Payne and another officer went into a burning home three separate times to pull family members out. In all they rescued an adult and two children from the home as it was burning. In 1969 he was attending a City Council meeting when a resident had a heart attack. Then Captain Payne performed lifesaving CPR. He was honored separately by the City Council for each incident.

During his tenure, Chief Payne brought the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program to Huntington Beach and assigned two full time police officers to the detail. In 1987, Chief Payne made one of the most significant changes to the face of the department, when he authorized the transition from all tan uniforms to all dark blue uniforms. In addition, Chief Payne personally redesigned the badge of HBPD to a larger, oval style featuring lady justice holding scales. Chief Payne chose the Greek God “Themis”, because she stood for the relentless pursuit of all who trespass on the rights of others. Chief Payne’s legacy lives on with this badge, as it is currently worn by the men and women of the Huntington Beach Police Department.

Chief Payne served his country in both the National Guard from 1949 to 1951 and in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955. Chief Payne earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at Pepperdine University in 1973 and graduated from the FBI National Academy, Session 99 in 1974.We are proud to be able to honor Chief Payne’s legacy, and we thank him for his dedication to our Country, our profession and our community.


Florida Chapter

Promotiions

Jay Szesnat, NA Session 258, was sworn in as the Police Chief of Hillsboro Beach, Home of the Hillsboro Club, on May 18th.


Passings

Charles Thurmond Jr., NA Session 105, passed away on April 23, 2020. Charles was an amazing person who helped anyone in need. He was loved by all who came in contact with him, he will be missed.


Kansas - Western Missouri Chapter

Retirements

On behalf of the Kansas-Western Missouri Chapter, congratulations to Chief Rob Moser, NA Session 230, on his retirement! Chief Moser retired from the Shawnee, KS Police Department after 29 years of service on March 23, 2020. Moser began his career in 1992 and served in various capacities in all the divisions within the department. His main emphasis was on criminal interdiction, tactical operations and professional standards. Moser was promoted through the ranks and appointed as the Chief of Police in May of 2015. He played a large part in the Shawnee Police Department receiving their initial award of National Accreditation through CALEA in 2019. Moser is a 2014 graduate of the Shawnee Tomorrow Leadership Program and past President of the Shawnee Rotary Club. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree as well as a Master’s in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Central Missouri in 2006. Chief Moser was published in the September/October 2019 issue of the NA Associate Magazine. He plans on continuing his volunteerism with the Shawnee Rotary Club will see employment in the near future so he can give back the experience he has gained in law enforcement. We thank Chief Moser for his many years of service and willingness to continue to serve!


Mississippi Chapter

Promotions

Jackie Clayton, NA Session 192, was promoted to Deputy Chief for Tupelo Police Department.


Joey East, NA Session 229, was elected as Sheriff for the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office.


Allen White, NA Session 267, was appointed as Undersheriff for Hinds County Sheriff’s Office.


Charles Chandler, NA Session 264, was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police for the University of Southern Mississippi.


Pat Dailey, NA Session 249, was promoted to Deputy Chief of Enforcement for Mississippi ABC.


Ryan LeMaire, NA Session 272, was promoted to Captain/CID for the Ocean Springs Police Department.


New England Chapter

Passings

With unbelievable sadness, we are sorry to announce that Harold Murphy, NA Session 154, long-time New England Chapter Secretary Treasurer and current Historian, passed away last night. It was not related to what is occurring in the world today. He was the toughest old Marine, and loved this group like no one else. He will be missed by everyone who had the honor of knowing him. Please take a minute to remember him and say a prayer.


Northwest Chapter

Chapter News

A great conference is being planned for August 16th-20th in Rapid City! Topics include leadership, below 100 initiative, & an overview of the Robert Hansen spy case investigation. Along with great training, a golf tournament & other networking opportunities are included!


Retirements

Dave Kvam , NA Session 231, retired from the Maplewood Police Department March 13th. Over a 31-year career Dave was an officer, sergeant, lieutenant, deputy chief, & commander. Dave is an active member of the Northwest Chapter and continues to serve on the executive board as secretary/treasurer.


Utah Chapter

Chapter News

The Utah Chapter would like to recognize Nicholas (Nick) Roberts, NA Session 192, who recently won the 2020 ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) International James A Thomas Presidential Leadership Award. Nick is being recognized for his contributions on the many committees he has worked on over his 44-year career. Nick is also being recognized for his contributions in developing specific safety standards, test methods and guidelines, including those for body armor, protective gloves for law enforcement, specifications for indoor ballistic test ranges, and less lethal aerosol devices. Congratulation Nick for being selected for this prestigious honor!