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FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association
5 Great Valley Pkwy., Suite 359
Malvern, PA 19355
Telephone: 1-877-772-7712   Facsimile: 610-644-3193





Chief Dominic Rizzi, Jr. (Ret.)
5 Great Valley Parkway
Suite 359
Malvern, PA 19355
Telephone: 773-218-7746


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
Platte City Police Department
355 Main Street
Platte City, MO 64079
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 served in that position until March of 2019. During that time he was appointed to the Homeland Security Oversight Committee for Northwest Missouri.  Chief Wellington now serves the citizens of Platte City, Missouri as the Police Chief.

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.


Donna McNamara
Chief of Police, Stoughton Police Department, MA
26 Rose Street
Stoughton, MA 02972

Chief McNamara began her criminal justice career in 1996 with the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff/ Corrections Officer in the County House of Correction.  McNamara was hired by the Stoughton Police Department in 2001 as a Police Officer. She has served in various positions within the organization including Detective, Patrol Sergeant and Lieutenant before her appointment to Interim Chief.  Chief McNamara was appointed in 2017 as the permanent Chief of Police for the Stoughton Police Department, a Massachusetts Accredited Police Agency.

Chief McNamara earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College.  She also received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University.

Chief McNamara was the recipient of the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award in 2014. She has continued to pursue extensive professional development by attending the Police Executive Research Reform (PERF) Senior Management Institute Session 65.

She has attended the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Women and Power: Leadership in a New World, as well as International Association of Chiefs of Police Women’s Leadership Institute and the New England Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar



Chief Joel Fitzgerald, Sr.

Waterloo (Iowa) Police Department
715 Mulberry Street
Waterloo, Iowa 50703



Dr. Joel Fitzgerald, Sr., a 28-year law enforcement veteran was elected to the FBI-LEEDA Executive Board in 2019. Chief Fitzgerald currently serves as the City of Waterloo (Iowa) Chief of Police. Chief Fitzgerald attended Villanova University, where he graduated with a Baccalaureate Degree in Liberal Arts, continued his education at Eastern University, where he earned his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree, and in 2013, earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Business Administration at Northcentral University.

Fitzgerald’s police career began with the City of Philadelphia Police Department in 1992, where he served in various ranks before his 2009 selection to serve as Chief of Police in Missouri City, TX. In December 2013, he returned to PA, becoming Chief of Police in the City of Allentown, where he faithfully served until 2015. From 2015-2019, Fitzgerald served as Chief of Police of the Fort Worth, TX Police Department, leading over 2,200 employees in the 13th largest agency in the U.S. In 2020, Dr. Fitzgerald became the Chief Deputy of the City/County of Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office, the largest Sheriff’s Office in the Commonwealth of PA. While serving in that capacity, he reorganized department operations, administration, training, professional standards, and software systems, until his selection and appointment as Waterloo, Iowa Chief of Police in June 2020.

Dr. Fitzgerald has been a member of the Major Cities Chiefs’ Association, the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, NAACP and is a graduate of the Harvard University Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. He completed the FBI National Academy-National Executive Institute, FBI-National Academy-LEEDS Program, DEA (DUCA), Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and he is has earned the  prestigious FBI LEEDA Trilogy award.

Joel and his wife, Pauline (a Homicide Investigator-Tarrant County, Texas Criminal District Attorney’s Office, and former Philadelphia Police Officer), have three children, one who proudly serves in law enforcement, and five beautiful grandchildren.



Chief John E. Horsman (Ret.)
Law Enforcement Liaison
Dept. of Safety & Homeland Security
Office of Highway Safety
303 Transportation Circle
Dover, DE. 19950
Telephone: 302-744-2747

Chief John Horsman began his career in law enforcement as a seasonal police officer with the Rehoboth Beach Police Department in 1981. He was subsequently hired in 1983 by the Greenwood Police Department. In 1985 he was hired by the Harrington Police Department and worked his way up through the ranks until he was appointed as Chief in 1998. After a successful career with the HPD he retired in 2004.

In 2004 he was appointed to Delaware Capitol Police and assumed responsibility for operations statewide. He implemented the Violence Intervention Program, which identifies victims of domestic abuse involved in on-going court litigation and provides protective escorts. The program received the inaugural Beau Biden Award in 2016 and a tribute from the Delaware Senate in 2017.  

Chief Horsman was appointed to the position of Chief on December 1, 2013. The agency provides full law enforcement services to, and has protective responsibility for the Courts, Legislative Hall, the Governor’s Mansion and strategic state facilities.

During his career he has received numerous commendations for his work which include the MADD Lifetime Achievement Award, the Dover Police Department Distinguished Citizen Award and the Delaware Attorney General’s Heroism Award. In 1997 he was named Delaware’s Investigator of the Year by Crime Stoppers. The Delaware Police Chief’s Council honored him as their Police Chief of the Year in 2000 and then again by the Delaware League of Governments in 2002.

Chief Horsman attended the FBI National Academy #177 in 1994 and earned an Associate’s Degree from the Delaware Technical and Community College in Criminal Justice in 1997. He has completed the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy in 2014 and attended the 76th FBI-LEEDS class in Quantico, VA in 2017.

In 2012 Chief Horsman attended his first FBI-LEEDA class and was so impressed he successfully ran for the Executive Board in 2014. At the May 2018 conference he was sworn in as the President of the organization.

Leadership education is a cornerstone for promotional opportunities within the Delaware Capitol Police. Every supervisor has completed the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy or equivalent. Corporals are encouraged to attend the many FBI-LEEDA leadership education opportunities. 





2021 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





(Ret.) Chief John E. Horsman

Delaware Capitol Police (DE)


2017 - 2018

Chief Thomas Alber

Garden City Police Department (MO)

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)



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