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FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association
Charles Robb, Executive Director
5 Great Valley Pkwy., Suite 125
Malvern, PA 19355
Telephone: 1-877-772-7712   Facsimile: 610-644-3193





Thomas Alber
Chief of Police, Garden City, MO
107 N. 3rd Street
P. O. Box 20
Garden City MO 64747


Chief Alber began his law enforcement career in 1989 with the Anderson County, Kansas Sheriffs Office and has served in various positions including patrol, narcotics and Deputy Chief of Police for various rural departments throughout Kansas and Missouri. Chief Alber was hired by Garden City in 2000 serving as a Detective, Deputy Chief and was appointed Chief of Police in 2003.

Chief Alber served in the United States Marine Corps from 1985-1989 then with the United States Army from 1989 to 2012. Chief Alber has served as a Military Police Officer, a Tactical Intelligence Officer, Anti-Terrorism Officer, Psychological Operations Officer and Arabic Linguist. His last assignment is as commander of the 308th Psychological Operations Company, United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command Airborne, U. S. Army Special Operations Command Airborne.

Chief Alber is a 1995 Graduate of Central Missouri State University in Criminal Justice Administration and Fire Science. Chief Alber is also a Graduate of the FBI’s Central States Regional Command College 17th Session, the DEA Drug Unit Commander’s Course and served as a Regional Representative to the FBI- Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. Chief Alber is a graduate of The JFK Special Warfare Center and School’s Psychological Operations Officer’s Qualification Course, The U.S. Army Basic Intelligence Analyst Course, The U.S. Army Military Police Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses and the United States Marine Corps Communications and Electronics School.

Chief Alber serves as a guest lecturer at Park University and the 2009 International Crime Free Conference on Militant Islamic Culture and the history of Militant Islam.

Chief John Horsman
Delaware Capitol Police
150 MLK South
Dover, DE. 19903
Telephone: 302-744-4385


Chief John E. Horsman currently serves as Chief of Delaware Capitol Police. He was appointed on December 1, 2013, taking command of an agency with operations in all three counties with a staff of 95.

Chief Horsman began his career in 1981 as a seasonal officer at the Rehoboth Beach Police Department, before being accepted at Greenwood P.D. in 1983. In 1985 he moved to Harrington PD and rose through the ranks until being appointed Chief in 1998 and serving in that capacity until his retirement in January of 2004.

Chief Horsman was appointed to Delaware Capitol Police (DCP) in 2004 and he assumed the duties of Operations Captain with statewide responsibility. He is also the grant administrator for DCP.

He has received numerous commendations for his work, which include MADD Lifetime Achievement Award, Governors Certificate of Merit, Dover P.D. Distinguished Citizen Award, and the Delaware Attorney General's Heroism Award. In 1997 Chief Horsman was named Delaware's Investigator of the Year by Crime Stoppers. The Delaware Police Chief's Council selected him as the Police Chief of the Year in 2000 and he was again selected in 2002 by the Delaware League of Local Governments.

Chief Horsman attend the FBI National Academy #177 in 1994 and graduated from Delaware Tech earning an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice in 1997. Chief Horsman earned his Trilogy Award from FBI-LEEDA in 2013.



Chief Dominic Rizzi
Yakima Police Department
200 S 3rd St.
Yakima, WA 98901
Telephone: (509) 575-6200


After a three year stint as a U.S. Army MP, Rizzi spent about six months with the University of Chicago Police Department before entering the Chicago Police Academy. He began his career with the Chicago Police Department in 1987 as a patrolman and has since served in a variety of capacities including as a gang crimes tactical officer, a firearms instructor, a homicide/violent crimes detective, a police bureau lieutenant, and the commanding officer of the Law Enforcement Operations Unit.

Rizzi comes from a family with a deep tradition of serving in law enforcement. Among the 16 family members who have worked for or still work for police departments are Rizzi’s father Dominic, a retired Chicago police captain, his brother Jim, a captain with the Tucson, Arizona Police Department, and his brother Tom, a patrol officer in Tucson.Various other cousins and uncles have or still do work for police departments across the country.

Rizzi holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal social justice from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois and a master’s degree in public safety administration from Calumet College in Whiting, Indiana.

Chief Joe Wellington
Gower Missouri Police Department
97 N. 4th Street
Gower, MO64454
United States


Chief Joe Wellington began his career with the Kansas City (Missouri) Police department as a non-sworn employee in 1975 and graduated from the Police Academy in January of 1979. He worked in various patrol and investigative assignments, including the Tactical Unit, Robbery, Homicide, Street Narcotics Enforcement, and for several years led the department’s undercover drug squad. He was a hostage negotiator for many years and coordinated the area’s major case squad, The Metro Squad.

In 2005, he was appointed Chief of Police in Gower, Missouri, and continues to serve in that position. He also serves on the Homeland Security Oversight Committee for Northwest Missouri.

Chief Wellington is a graduate of the 16th session of the Central States LEEDS program and has served as an FBI-LEEDA Regional Representative for three years. He holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Longview College.

One of his proudest moments was the opportunity to pin his badge on Brian Wellington, his son, as he graduated the Kansas City Police Academy in 2010.

Sheriff Ira Edwards, Jr.
Clarke County Sheriff's Office
325 E. Washington St.
Athens, GA 30601
Telephone: 706-613-3254

Sheriff Ira Edwards Jr. was born in Dublin, Georgia, to proud parents of Reverend and Mrs. Ira Edwards, Sr. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he received his B.S. degree in Sociology with a focus in Criminal Studies. He received his Master's Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University and is a graduate of the National Sheriffs’ Institute where he was nominated class president. He is a graduate of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange in Tel Aviv, Israel, and a graduate of the 239th Session FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is also a graduate of the of GA.L.E.E.D.S. (Georgia Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar) 71st session. 

Sheriff Edwards is a 31 year law enforcement veteran, beginning his career with the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office in 1986 as a deputy sheriff working in the jail section. He would later transfer to the City of Athens Police Department as a Patrol Officer, Probation Officer, D.A.R.E. Officer, Chaplain, and Youth Apprentice Coordinator. He served in this capacity until he was elected as the first African American Sheriff of Clarke County on July 18, 2000. He would also become the first African American to win a countywide election in the history of Clarke County. He is now serving his fifth term as Sheriff of Clarke County. 

One of Sheriff Edwards' proudest accomplishments was when the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office became the recipient of the 2007 State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification, becoming the 10th Sheriff’s Office in the State of Georgia to receive this prestigious award. This milestone was the first time in history of the Clarke County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Edwards and his team achieved C.A.L.E.A. Law Enforcement Recognition in November 2010, and recently was awarded C.A.L.E.A. Full Law Enforcement Accreditation on July 26, 2012 becoming the 9th Sheriff Office out of 159 in the State of Georgia to receive this distinguish recognition. 

Sheriff Edwards currently serves on the National Sheriff's Association's Board of Directors, Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes Board of Directors and St. Mary's Healthcare Board of Directors.

Sheriff Edwards is happily married to Teresa P. Edwards for the past 34 years and has three adult children: Lamar, Brandon, and Jasmine. He has one precious granddaughter Jaida. Sheriff Edwards is a member of Timothy Baptist Church in Athens, Georgia and the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.

Paul Shastany
Braintree, MA
Telephone: 877-772-7712

Chief Paul Shastany is currently serving as the Chief of Braintree, MA Police Department. Prior to serving Braintree, Chief Paul Shastany served the Stoughton Massachusetts Police Department. He has served in law enforcement for almost 40 years. He was appointed Chief in 2010 tasked with eliminating the department’s disarray. 

An experienced change agent, his leadership centered around developing personnel through professional development. Paul focused on building the department's image and relationships with the community through accountability, open communication, transparency and commitment to serving the community.  Paul was actively engaged in community policing initiatives and partnerships creating a positive image for the town.  

Paul empowers and insists all officers pursue excellence through professional development and commitment to reaching their potential.  As a result of his keen and progressive leadership, Stoughton is known as a "turned around" agency. The department attained accreditation within three years and has maintained accreditation status. Under his direction all of his command and many patrol officers are FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award recipients. 

Chief Shastany earned a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England University. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement from Western New England University. 

He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #248 and was elected as Section #2 Representative.   Paul attended PERF’s (Police Executive Research Forum) SMIP (Senior Management Institute for Police) Class #48.  He attended the U-Mass Police Leadership Institute, as well as Babson College’s Command Institute and Regional FBI-LEEDS.


Charles Robb
5 Great Valley Pkwy., Suite 125
Malvern, PA 19355


Charles "Skip" Robb was appointed Executive Director of FBI-LEEDA in June of 2013 following a national selection process. He retired from the FBI in December 2012 as the Chief of the Community Leadership Development Unit, closing out over 27 years with the FBI. As Chief of the Community Leadership Development Unit, he had oversight of all FBI Executive Leadership programs pertaining to external audiences. These programs included the National Executive Institute, The Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, the Domestic Security Executive Academy, the Leadership in Counter-Terrorism Program, and the Regional Command College Program. As part of his responsibilities, Skip had liaison and advisory roles with FBI-LEEDA, FBI-NEIA, Major Cities Chiefs, and Major County Sheriffs Association. He also served as an Acting Section Chief at the FBI Academy Law Enforcement Programs Section where he had oversight of the National Academy and Behavioral Sciences Units.

Prior to serving in the FBI Academy Leadership Development Institute, Skip was assigned to the Firearms Training Unit where he was responsible for the oversight of a variety of training and operational programs, including New Agent Training, the Firearms Instructor School, and Firearms Instructor Re-Certification. Skip facilitated numerous public presentations for national media personnel as well as national and international governmental officials.

Preceding his tenure at FBI Headquarters, Skip was assigned to the Glasgow, Montana, Resident Agency of the Butte Division, where he investigated personal and property crimes that occurred on government reservations. He then transferred to the Washington, D.C., Field Office where he worked in the Foreign Counter Intelligence, Drug, and Special Operations programs. Prior to employment with the FBI, he served an additional eight years as a deputy sheriff and then municipal police officer in the State of Ohio.

Skip holds a Bachelor of Science (1978) degree from Youngstown State University and Master of Education (2004) from the University of Virginia. Skip was an Adjunct Professor for the University of Virginia during the time he taught graduate and undergraduate leadership courses for the FBI National Academy.


2018 Executive Board Election

Members who wish to take a more active role in FBI-LEEDA are encouraged to submit a letter of intent to run for the office of Sergeant-at-Arms.  This is an excellent opportunity to channel the direction of the organization. Any active member in good standing who wishes to run for the office of Sergeant-at-Arms must submit a written statement of his or her intention to seek office at least thirty days prior to the next Conference addressed to the attention of the current President of the Association, care of the Executive Director.

Members interested in running for an Executive Board Position must be an Active FBI-LEEDA member and must be employed as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer at the time of nomination and election.   See By-Laws for further information.


Past Presidents



2016 - 2017

Chief Paul Shastany

Braintree Police Department (MA)

2015 - 2016

Chief David Boggs

Broken Arrow Police Department (OK)

2014 - 2015

Director Sam Pennica

Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification (NC)

2013 - 2014

Sheriff Greg Hamilton

Travis County Sheriff's Office (TX)

2012 - 2013

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich

Spokane County Sheriff's Office (WA)

2011- 2012

(Ret.) Chief Richard P. Thomas

Port Washington Police Department (WI)


Chief Donald D. Dixon

Lake Charles Police Department (LA)

2009 - 2010

(Ret.) Chief Don Dappen

Vero Beach Police Department (FL)

2008 - 2009

(Ret.) Chief Jon R. Zumalt

North Charleston Police Department (SC)

2007 - 2008

(Ret.) Chief Elizabeth M. Goeckel

Chatham Township Police Department (NJ)

2006 - 2007

Chief Todd R. Ackerman

Marysville Police Department (KS)

2005 - 2006

(Ret.) Sheriff Malcolm McMillin

Hinds County Sheriff's Office (MS)


2004 - 2005

(Ret.) Chief Lanny Maddox

Ruidoso Police Department (NM)

2003 - 2004

Chief John McGowan (Deceased)

East Norriton Police Department (PA)

2002 - 2003

(Ret.) Director Lloyd Nippins, III

Burlington Township Police Department (NJ)

            2001 - 2002

(Ret.) Chief Wade Setter

Brooklyn Park Police Department (MN)


2000 - 2001

(Ret.) Chief Lloyd Scharf

Ontario Police Department (CA) 


1999 - 2000

(Ret.) Chief Richard L. Taylor

Hamilton Township Police Department (NJ) 


1998 - 1999

(Ret.) Chief Tom Stone

Norristown Police Department (PA)


 1997 - 1998

(Ret.) Chief Stephen Doherty

Wakefield Police Department (MA) 


1996 - 1997

(Ret.) Chief Richard W. Setter

Minnetonka Police Department (MN) 


1995 - 1996

(Ret.) Chief Troy E. Surrency

Plant City Police Department (FL) 


1994 -1995

(Ret.) Chief Raymond P. McKeon

Chelmsford Police Department (NH)


1993 - 1994

(Ret.) Sheriff Bernie Romero

White Pine County Sheriff's Department (NV) 


1992 - 1993

(Ret.) Chief Jerome M. Tesmond

Greenville Police Department (NC) 


1991 -1992

(Ret.) Chief Norbert F. Smith

Evergreen Park Police Department (IL



FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association is a private non-profit organization and is not part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or acting on its behalf.

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