As 2018 comes to a close, I am humbled to be among so many elite leaders in our profession. I have had the good fortune to meet many new leaders at session orientations in Charlotte, and I trust the profession is in good hands. The NCFBINAA board, too, is in great hands as it continues to evolve and pass off leadership from year to year. Incoming President Brian Regan is well prepared to lead and has announced details of the 2019 Summer Conference in Wrightsville Beach (see below in this newsletter).
At our last scheduled meeting of 2018, the board discussed several important topics including:
- Hurricane Relief: After hearing of the devasting effects of Hurricane Florence, the board voted to donate $5,000 towards rebuilding efforts of law enforcement officers. If you, or anyone in your agency is in need, please contact District Representative Ken Sarvis. If you are interested in making a donation directly, click here.
- Bylaws Updates: The board made several changes to bylaws (see attached document). The changes were made to ensure continuity of the chapter by allowing flexibility in filling District Representative vacancies, by assigning duties to Vice Presidents to better prepare them for their year in leadership, and to more accurately describe the procedure we use to ascend through Vice Presidents to President.
- National Academy candidate selections: Jack Moore addressed the board and emphasized transparency in the selection of new candidates for the National Academy. Incoming Third Vice President Brent Phelps is heading a committee to publish guidelines and procedures for District Representatives in making recommendations to the FBI. The board emphasized that prospective candidates should be seen and introduced at chapter events. It is also vitally important that the candidates complete applications through the Virtual Academy as a first step to consideration. The state of NC only receives approximately 20 slots annually, so it will always be impossible to send every applicant, so selection will always be limited in scope.
Looking forward to 2019, I recommend you mark your calendars for the Spring and Summer conference dates. The Spring Conference will be held April 12, 2019 in Nash County. Be prepared to arrive early in the day on April 11 for pre-conference networking events as well. The Summer Conference will be held June 23-25, 2019 in Wrightsville Beach. Reserve your accomodations at your ealiest convenience. Information on lodging will be posted to the chapter website soon.
At the last business meeting in Clayton, we solicited hosts for the spring and fall 2020 conferences. Fayetteville volunteered to host spring and Lenoir and Morganton will jointly host the fall conference. If your agency would like to host an event, please contact anyone on the board. Besides chapter business meetings, we encourage agencies and District Representatives to host area networking events.
We also tried something a bit different at our final business meeting by swearing in our entire exective board. Outgoing Immediate Past President swore in all of the executive board that was present, including myself: Incoming President Brian Regan, Second Vice President Blair Myhand, Third Vice President Brent Phelps, Secretary/Treasurer Ted Sauls, and Historian Jacqui Boykin.
See you in 2019!
Calendar of Events
Promotions and Appointments
Congratulations to Brent Phelps (session 231), your incoming 3rd Vice President, on being named the Chief of Police in Lenoir. Phelps joined the Lenoir Police Department force in 1996 and had served as the Captain of Support Services since 2012. That position made him the senior captain of the department. In his 22 years at LPD, Phelps served as a patrol officer, narcotics investigator, patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant, investigations lieutenant and professional standards lieutenant.
Two FBINA grads were recently promoted to Deputy Chief in Jacksonville. Ashley Weaver (Session 238) and Ronnie Dorn (Session 260) assumed their new roles on October 1. When Ashley started with JPD in 1998, Dorn was one of her training officers. Their careers have mirrored one another over the last 20 years and they are excited to continue the joint journey in years to come.
Please send any other known promotions (or new appointments) to the Chapter Historian (email@example.com) for inclusion in the next newsletter.
What a Career!
Three Executive Board Members will be celebrating a full career as they retire at the end of 2018. Laura Downing, Immediate Past President and graduate of Session 237 will retire from the Fayetteville Police Department on December 7. Laura most recently served as a Major and Chief of Staff. Vice President Brian Regan has served the North Carolina State Highway Patrol since 1992. He attended the 244th Session of the FBINA and also graduated from the 37th Session of North Carolina State University’s Administrative Officers Management Program and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. The Nash County Sheriff's Office bids farewell to Major David Wooten this December. David is a graduate of Session 212. He started his public service career as a fire fighter, but transitioned to law enforcement, serving his entire career at the NCSO.
Major Mike Adams most recently served as the commander of the Special Investigations Bureau, which includes Vice & Narcotics, Anti-Crime, VCAT and ABC Units, Real Time Crime Center and Criminal Intelligence with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. Mike is a graduate of the 196th session and will retire January 1, 2019.
Congratulations to each of these public servants.
Please forward retirement notifications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response Teams and Samaritan's Purse were recognized at the 2018 Fall Re-Trainer for their commitment and support to first responders during Hurricane Florence. Both agencies showed tremendous passion and love for officers in our eastern counties throughout and after the storm. District Rep Ken Sarvis presented Larry Smith (BGEA) and Kristen Konig (SP) with a token of our appreciation for their dedication and commitment during the business meeting in October.