Chapter Chat for the Alaska Chapter By Barry Wilson, President (Session #244)

Deputy Commissioner Michael Duxbury began his career after graduating from the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Session # 5 at the DPS Training Academy in 1988. He began working for the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU). In 1993, he graduated from the Alaska State Trooper Recruit Academy RC-42. As a Fish and Wildlife Trooper, he was initially stationed in Ketchikan; he later transferred to the Division of Alaska State Troopers, and was stationed in Kodiak, the Warrant Fugitive Unit, B Detachment Palmer Patrol, and C Detachment Aniak post patrolling the Yukon and Kuskokwim River villages. He became an Investigator with the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team, and eventually promoted to Sergeant in the Major Offenders Unit. In 2011, Duxbury was promoted to Lieutenant and became the Deputy Commander of C Detachment. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2015, and served as Commander of A Detachment in South East Alaska before moving over to lead the Alaska Bureau of Investigation and Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit in Anchorage immediately prior to his appointment as Deputy Commissioner. Deputy Commissioner Duxbury holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session #252.

Deputy Commissioner Michael Duxbury (Session #252) State of Alaska, Department of Public Safety

Deputy Commissioner Michael Duxbury (Session #252) State of Alaska, Department of Public Safety

Deputy Commissioner Duxbury valued his time at the National Academy and maintains contact with his fellow classmates as evidenced by his tabbed directory featured below:

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He recently pointed out the benefit of the networking he experienced in a 26-year old homicide case that culminated in an arrest of the suspect in Auburn, Maine. Although his contact with fellow Session #252 classmate Deputy Chief Jason Moen, himself recently promoted to Chief of Police of the Auburn Police Department, was not the cause of solving this homicide, it did contribute to smooth communications and extradition of the suspect. Deputy Commissioner Duxbury was adamant not to take away from the excellent police work conducted by members of his department, of Chief Moen’s, of the Maine State Police Unsolved Homicide Unit and Evidence Response Team, and of the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory, but to stress that the National Academy has shrunk the sphere in which law enforcement works effectively.

In the interest of sharing the excellent investigation of such a horrific crime the following is the press release given by Alaska State Trooper Colonel Barry Wilson (Session #244):

On April 26, 1993, custodial workers at the UAF campus discovered Sophie Sergie’s body in a women’s bathroom of the Bartlett Hall Dormitory. Sophie, a resident of Pitkas Point and previous student at UAF, was in town on personal business and visiting friends on campus.

An investigation was launched by the UAF Campus Police, but was soon taken over by the Alaska State Troopers. Evidence at the scene revealed Sophie had been sexually assaulted and murdered. Suspect DNA was recovered during the investigation and a unique suspect profile was identified from the DNA; the information was uploaded into “CODIS” – A national Combined DNA Index System. CODIS, which is run by the FBI, generates investigative leads in cases where biological evidence is recovered from a crime scene. Matches made among profiles in the Forensic Index can link crime scenes together and provide investigators with the identity of suspected perpetrators. However, the DNA profile obtained in this case was not on file, and therefore the suspect remained unknown and at large.

Over the course of several months, law enforcement conducted hundreds of interviews on the UAF campus, and throughout the Fairbanks area. Dozens of leads were developed, and DNA samples were collected from many individuals in an attempt to identify the suspect - those efforts failed to identify a matching DNA profile.

As the months passed, Troopers continued to diligently investigate the case. But as months turned into years, active leads became sparse. In 2002, the Alaska State Troopers established a Cold Case Unit; the unit acquired Sophie’s case. As time passed, several members of the Cold Case Unit would pour through the report to determine if the new leads were available to investigate or if there was some other angle or new technology to work the case. For more than 20 years, AST continued to receive information about Sophie’s murder, each Tip generating a dedicated response by the members of the Cold Case Unit hoping to break the case.

Finally…in April of 2018, the AST Cold Case Unit learned of a new DNA technology that was utilized to identify the Golden State Killer. AST contacted the Virginia-based Parabon Nanolabs, a company which utilizes extracted DNA to perform genetic genealogy screening. Genetic Genealogy is the combination of genetic analysis with traditional historical and genealogical research to study family history. For forensic investigations such as the case involving Sophie’s killer, the process can be used to point to the likely identity of a perpetrator. Over the next several months, the AST Cold Case Unit collaborated with Parabon to identify the suspect’s DNA sample that had remained a mystery for over a quarter century. Results of the testing revealed the likely suspect to be Steven H. Downs, who was alive and residing in Auburn, Maine. Armed with this new information, the AST Cold Case Unit reached out to the authorities in Maine for assistance. Over the course of several weeks, a plan was developed to contact and interview Downs, collect DNA and other evidence, and search his residence for evidence of the crimes.

Steven Downs was taken into custody without incident on February 15th in Auburn Maine. He will return to Alaska where he will be tried for the murder and sexual assault of Sophie Sergie. Grand jury will be held upon his return to Alaska.

Special recognition goes out to the Auburn (ME) Police Department, the Maine State Police Unsolved Homicide Unit and Evidence Response Team, and the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory for their assistance in this investigation.

During the last 25 years, dozens of Alaska State Troopers faithfully dedicated thousands of hours to this investigation. Through their dogged persistence, advances in technology, and the spirit of cooperation exhibited by each agency that touched this case; justice for Sophie is finally within reach. As the Director of this agency, and as a member of the investigative team that originally worked on this case, I am both honored and humbled to help bring some closure to Sophie’s family.

The Youth Leadership Program

The Alaska Chapter recently conducted the selection process for the 21st Session of the Youth Leadership Program (YLP). Many Alaskan high school students with high academic standards and good citizenship participated in the process. The selection committee consisted of Chief Michael Holman, Ret. (Session #251), Lieutenant Chad Goeden (Session #266), and Chief Sean McGee, Ret. (Session #202). Chief McGee is the Northern Region Vice President and the current YLP Coordinator for Alaska.

Ultimately, the selection committee recommended that Aveline Larroque of Anchorage, Alaska be this year’s recipient of the Youth Leadership Program nomination. Aveline was recently notified by the FBINAA Executive Office and the YLP Coordinator that they had reviewed the selection committee’s recommendation and that they accepted the committee’s nomination.

Aveline will travel to the Academy in June along with 60 other highly motivated high school students, eager to participate in classes on leadership, ethics, constitutional law, and public speaking.

The Alaska Chapter wishes Aveline the best of luck as she embarks on this exciting journey!

Chapter Chat for the Alaska Chapter By Shirley A. Coté, Past President (Session #164)

It is with great pleasure that I announce that our newly elected President of the Alaska Chapter, Barry Wilson (Session #244) was recently appointed Colonel, and Director of the Division of the Alaska State Troopers. Barry is certainly up to the task and I have promised to assist him with the chapter requirements during this very busy time in his career. Colonel Wilson is going to do an excellent job in both positions, as well as with the other charitable organizations for which he volunteers. Barry has been with the Department of Public Safety since 1990 and he worked in patrol, investigations, headquarters and rural patrol command. He is excited about the opportunity to work with his staff and the entire department to improve morale amongst the ranks, improve training for all, and develop a strategic plan to make certain effective staffing is available throughout Alaska.

Colonel Barry Wilson, President (Session #244)

Colonel Barry Wilson, President (Session #244)

Colonel Wilson’s last position with the Alaska State Troopers was as the commander of C Detachment in Anchorage. Captain Andrew Merrill (Session #257), our current Secretary/Treasurer and commander of the Village Public Safety Officer program with the Alaska State Troopers has been assigned to command C Detachment.. We are very proud of Andrew as he was one of eight distinguished graduates, as well as the graduation speaker during his National Academy session. Andrew joined the Alaska State Troopers in 2002 and he has worked in various assignments to include judicial services, patrol, and rural investigations. Andrew is a certified instructor through the Alaska Police Standards Council and he was one of our excellent presenters on the use of force at our 2018 Executive Development Conference.

Captain Andrew Merrill, Secretary/Treasurer (Session #257)

Captain Andrew Merrill, Secretary/Treasurer (Session #257)

Good luck to both of these outstanding professionals as they lead us into the future of policing here in Alaska.

Barry decided to run for President before his two-year term as Vice President of the Southcentral Region had concluded. The Board of Directors unanimously voted in favor of appointing Deputy Chief Ken McCoy (Session #265) from the Anchorage Police Department to fill that seat for the remainder of Barry’s term. For our first meeting of 2019, Barry was out of town, which by our chapter bylaws left Ken, at his very first meeting of the board, in charge of leading the meeting. He ran it professionally and seamlessly. Ken is an excellent addition to the Board of Directors. Ken began his law enforcement career with the Anchorage Police Department in 1994, where he has served in command assignments in patrol, investigations and internal affairs. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2017 where he oversees all operations and administrative activities for nearly 600 sworn and non-sworn employees.

Deputy Chief Ken McCoy, Vice President Southcentral Region (Session #265)

Deputy Chief Ken McCoy, Vice President Southcentral Region (Session #265)

Chapter Chat for the Alaska Chapter by Shirley A. Coté, President (Session #164)

The Alaska Chapter held their annual meeting on December 4, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Anchorage. The meeting was well-attended and we were honored to have our National Executive Director, Howard Cook in attendance. Howard gave an excellent report on what is happening at the National level with the NAA. Our Youth Leadership Program participant, Rivers Rogers provided her report, along with photos of her experience from Quantico in June. It was moving when Howard presented Rivers with National’s commemorative coin. Rivers’ parents were in attendance and it was a very proud moment. Thank you to Rivers for representing Alaska’s youth so well, and thank you Howard for recognizing her. When Director Christopher Wray was in Anchorage in August he told us that he agreed that the NA is the crown jewel of the FBI. We believe the Youth Leadership Program is the Alaska Chapter’s (with our comparatively small contribution to National’s).

Rivers appreciating her Uncle – Kenai Police Dept. Lt. Ben Langham (Session #268) for his recommendation and support. Sean McGee (Session #202) in the background serves on the YLP Selection Committee and takes over as Chair in 2019.

Rivers appreciating her Uncle – Kenai Police Dept. Lt. Ben Langham (Session #268) for his recommendation and support. Sean McGee (Session #202) in the background serves on the YLP Selection Committee and takes over as Chair in 2019.

Executive Director Howard Cook (Session #224) with YLP participant Rivers Rogers

Executive Director Howard Cook (Session #224) with YLP participant Rivers Rogers

As of January 1, 2018, I will become the Past President and Alaska State Trooper Captain Barry Wilson (Session # 244) is stepping in as President. Northern Region Vice President Sean McGee (Session #202) won his second two-year term and Anchorage Police Department Deputy Chief Ken McCoy (Session #265) was unanimously voted in by the board to serve Barry’s last year as Vice President of the Southcentral Region. We were pleased that Special Agent in Charge Jeff Peterson, recently assigned to Alaska, attended the meeting and gave updates on the FBI activities. He honored us by swearing in the new board.

SAC Jeff Peterson shakes hands with Vice President of the Northern Region, Sean McGee. Past President Shirley Coté looks on after Mr. Peterson swore them in, along with new President Barry Wilson (on the phone).

SAC Jeff Peterson shakes hands with Vice President of the Northern Region, Sean McGee. Past President Shirley Coté looks on after Mr. Peterson swore them in, along with new President Barry Wilson (on the phone).

Our annual Executive Development Conference was also held at the Hilton Garden Inn - December 5th through December 7th. Incoming President Barry Wilson had to be at a different conference, however, he helped a great deal beforehand and solicited the help from his wife, Elizabeth and granddaughter, Sahara to put the attendee amenities together. Shirley’s daughter, Morgan Warner has helped her Mom with conferences since she was little. This year we chose 4-pistol gun cases for something different from the traditional notebooks and attaché cases. Thanks to 5.11 for some of the contents that are always a hit – socks and knives.

President-elect Barry Wilson, Morgan, Sahara and Elizabeth.

President-elect Barry Wilson, Morgan, Sahara and Elizabeth.

We were able to provide to our 90 registrants and members some excellent presenters. Our very own board members, Alaska State Trooper Captain Andrew Merrill (Secretary/Treasurer, Session #257) and Alaska State Trooper Lieutenant Chad Goeden (Vice President Southeast Region, Session #266) presented along with their Lieutenant Moose Sims and Sergeant Eric Spitzer on updates to the Use of Force. One of our newer graduates, Anchorage Police Department Captain Sean Case (Session #272) spoke on the “Net Generation.” John Campanella (Session #239) presented on “Mitigating Police Fatigue,” and Dr. Mitch Javidi, Chancellor of the National Command & Staff College spoke for a day and a half on “MAGNUS Leadership.” As gifts of appreciation, the speakers received an engraved Yeti mug with the NA seal.

National President Johnnie Adams had a delay with his flight, however, he made it to Anchorage in time for our annual Christmas party and the last day of Dr. Javidi’s class. President Adams was recognized by Dr. Javidi for being a MAGNUS leader for the efforts he made in coming to Alaska and supporting the Alaska Chapter. Sitting next to Johnnie, he said that he felt his face was red, but Dr. Javidi was spot on. Johnnie is our humble leader.

We had excellent financial partners with the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police, the Alaska Police Standards Council, 5.11 Tactical, and the Hilton Garden Inn.

After a lunch break on Friday, I was recognized by the members of the board of directors for my service as President for the past two years.

Vice President of the Northern Region presenting a plaque to Shirley Coté for her term as President

Vice President of the Northern Region presenting a plaque to Shirley Coté for her term as President

The Chapter held their annual Christmas party on December 6th. We usually do a white elephant type of gift exchange, but opted for something different by rolling great big dice to see if we keep the gift or pass it on. Many thanks to Leonard (Skip) Coile (Session #163) and his wife, Patty for handling the party games. Skip was given a Yeti mug in recognition of being our emcee for so many years. We usually have a theme for our party and this year it was “Space: The Final Frontier in the Last Frontier.” Costumes were not required, but comfort was strongly recommended.

Howard chose comfort. Johnnie bought his lighted Star Wars Christmas sweater for the party. Shirley is an alien.

Howard chose comfort. Johnnie bought his lighted Star Wars Christmas sweater for the party. Shirley is an alien.

Thanks again to Howard and Johnnie for traveling to Alaska and spending so much quality time with the members of our Chapter. We were truly honored as this was a first for us, and although we are a small chapter they made us feel very important. Thank you, as well to all the staff at the National Academy who always give us immediate, friendly, and competent assistance whenever we have the need.

I have enjoyed my time as a member of the chapter and serving intermittently over a long span of time as the Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President of the Southcentral Region, Training Committee Chair and other committees appointed by then President Terry Vrabec (Session #186) who very appreciatively served as President for 16 years. It was a lot of work, but our board of directors and our members made every minute worth the effort.

On a different note, I would like to recognize and thank the FBI NAA Charitable Foundation for helping me to recover from the destruction to my home from the November 30th earthquake. When Johnnie called to see how we were doing in the aftermath I told him what had happened to my house. I had seen Doug Muldoon’s email to the members offering support from the Foundation for any members suffering from the effects of the earthquake, but I didn’t think that it might mean me. When Johnnie said, “Don’t forget the Foundation,” I decided to contact Doug. Within a couple of days I received confirmation from Doug that the Foundation would help. I will never forget the emotional and financial assistance I received, and during the time when I was trying to put on a conference. There are no words to convey the level of my gratitude.

NOTICE OF AVAILABLE VOLUNTEER POSITION COUNSELORS, SECTION I & III YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (YLP) SESSION #21

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This year, the FBI National Academy Associates is searching for one (1) Counselor from Section 1 and two (2) Counselors from Section 3 for the 2019 session of the Youth Leadership Program (YLP).   


YLP Session #21 is scheduled from June 20, 2019 thru June 28, 2019 and will require full time participation from the newly selected Counselor during that time-frame.  Staff will be required to be on site June 18, 2019 through June 29, 2019.  Some additional off-site time commitment will also be required for preparation prior to the start of the session.  Also, any interested candidate should recognize that a four year commitment to the YLP Program is expected.


While YLP is in session, Counselors are required to be on duty at 0500 hours with lights out for the students typically occurring at 2130 hours after which the Staff remains on duty, holds nightly debriefing meetings and secures the dormitory floor.


Duties for the selected candidate include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Teach a two/four hour course on a related program topic (to be determined)

  • Serve as a student counselor for seven to eight students

  • Participate in and facilitate in an early morning physical fitness program

  • Take photos to historically capture the session 

The Counselor position requires that candidates must:

  • Possess, at a minimum, a bachelor's degree in a related field

  • Be a National Academy Graduate or former FBI NA Counselor

  • Be an active member in good standing with the FBI National Academy Associates

Nominations must be made through the applicant's Chapter. Individuals interested in being considered for this Counselor position must file a letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae or Resume and letters of support to their Chapter President no later than November 30, 2018. Chapter Presidents upon review of applications from their chapter, shall nominate two (2) candidate to the Section 1 Representatives and four (4) candidates to the Section 3 Representative by December 7, 2018.

Section 1 Representative - Tim Braniff - tbraniff@fbinaa.org 

Section 3 Representative - Grady Sanford - gsanford@fbinaa.org

By December 14, 2018, Section 1 and 3 Representatives will forward the nominations to:

Randy Henderson, 2018/19 YLP Committee Chair - randy.henderson@renolec.com

Joe Hellebrand, 2018/19 YLP Co-Chair - jhellebrand@fbinaa.org

The successful applicant will be notified on or before February 1, 2019. YLP Counselors are limited to a four year term to permit rotation of counselors while ensuring that succession planning is carried out.


Anyone with questions about the selection process may contact me or their Section Representative. 

Sincerely,

Randy Henderson

FBI National Academy Associates

2018/19 YLP Committee Chair 

Chapter Chat for the Alaska Chapter By Shirley A. Coté, President (Session #164)

The Alaska Chapter Board of Directors is appreciative of the efforts of the National Office’s John Kennedy, Director of Education and Training and Joe Collins, Co-chair of the Officer Safety and Wellness Committee for working diligently with us to bring the Comprehensive Officer Resiliency Train-the-Trainer program to Alaska. Eighteen trainers from around the state from various agencies came together at the Anchorage Police Department Training Center to receive the team teaching from instructors Buddy Johnson (Georgia), Ron Winegar (Idaho), Joe Collins (Wisconsin) and Vinny Greany (New York). The two and a half days of training has prepared our trainers to incorporate officer resiliency into the values of their departments, families, and communities. Two of our members, Tom Dunn (Session #253) and Joe Gamache (Session #272) joined 16 other troopers, officers, supervisors and commanders in preparing to share the vital knowledge toward improving the quality of life in Alaska. Joe set up a group email and several trainers are already reporting using the lessons learned.

Thank you to Motorola, Acadia Healthcare, Alaska Police Standards Council, Department of Public Safety, Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police, Anchorage Police Department and our Alaska Chapter for the financial assistance in making this happen. A special thanks to our Vice President of the Southcentral Region and Training Committee Chair, Barry Wilson (Session # 244) for helping me to spearhead and host this valuable training.

Buddy Johnson (Ses. # 244), Ron Winegar (Ses. # 264), Joe Collins (Ses. #236), Vinny Greany (Ses. # 240)

Buddy Johnson (Ses. # 244), Ron Winegar (Ses. # 264), Joe Collins (Ses. #236), Vinny Greany (Ses. # 240)

Alaska Chapter Members Tom Dunn (second from left) and Joe Gamache (second from right)

Alaska Chapter Members Tom Dunn (second from left) and Joe Gamache (second from right)

Now that the officer resiliency training is wrapped up, our focus has turned fully to organizing the Executive Development Conference to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Anchorage December 5-7, 2019. Our general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 4th at 3:00 p.m. Go to our website https://fbinaaak.org for a schedule of events and presentations.

Although our space is limited we welcome members from outside Alaska to join us in our excellent training and networking. The theme for our annual Christmas party to be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn is “Space: The Final Frontier in the Last Frontier.” Wear your space clothes for a good time in between the serious and important training that will be delivered.

Elections will be held this year with Barry Wilson (Session # 244) running for the two-year term of President and Sean McGee (Session #202) running as the incumbent for his two-year term of Vice President of the Northern Region. Sean will also be the Alaska Chapter’s Youth Leadership Program Coordinator for 2019.

After being in Alaska for 42 years I am wrapping up and moving to Colorado, hopefully next summer. I could not have asked for a more successful law enforcement career than what I experienced in the great state of Alaska. I have enjoyed my many years of involvement in the Alaska Chapter, and I look forward to joining the Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Chapter Chat Alaska Chapter July-August

By Shirley A. Coté - President

The Alaska Chapter was fortunate to be able to send three members to the National Conference in Quebec City in July. Lt. Brian Wassmann, Alaska State Troopers (AST) was selected as our member for this year to attend the conference. The Chapter was also able to send Vice Presidents Captain Barry Wilson and Lt. Chad Goeden both from AST. Lt. Wassmann said he appreciated the support from the Alaska Chapter to attend the conference. He related that he had a wonderful time catching up with classmates and meeting quite a few other graduates. He and his wife spent quite a bit of time walking around the area and they enjoyed the European feel to the Canadian city.

Lt. Wassmann said he had the opportunity to attend many informative sessions. One in particular on social media piqued his interest. He said it was very interesting to see how many agencies are using twitter feeds to update the public on law enforcement issues, request information and respond to emergent issues trending on social media. Police can get ahead of negative information and direct narratives toward more accuracy.

Captain Wilson is the training chair for the Alaska Chapter. He reported having the chance to meet people he had recently spoken with on the phone and over email regarding the Comprehensive Officer Resiliency Program, and other training possibilities for Alaska. He said the conference was well worth his time to attend. The Quebec City did an excellent job with impressive attendance.

Alaska State Troopers graduates and Alaska Chapter members, Lt. Brian Wassmann (Session #265), Lt. Chad Goeden (Session #266) and Captain Barry Wilson (Session #244)

Alaska State Troopers graduates and Alaska Chapter members, Lt. Brian Wassmann (Session #265), Lt. Chad Goeden (Session #266) and Captain Barry Wilson (Session #244)

Lt. Goeden said the conference was a great way for him to see old classmates, reconnect with other FBINAA members from around Alaska, and visit beautiful Quebec City. Lt. Goeden is the commander for the Department of Public Safety Training Academy and as a result of meeting with some of the vendors he has purchased new fitness analysis equipment, and he is looking at purchasing other training equipment as well. Lt. Goeden said that as the membership committee chair, it was also helpful to meet with the membership folks at the national level and appreciates being able to a face with a name.

Lt. Chad Goeden (Session #266) and his wife, Kelly. Both were appreciative of the opportunity to attend the National Conference and visit beautiful Quebec City.

Lt. Chad Goeden (Session #266) and his wife, Kelly. Both were appreciative of the opportunity to attend the National Conference and visit beautiful Quebec City.

On August 7, 2018 FBI Director Christopher Wray visited Alaska. He met with many top level administrators and law enforcement officials to talk about the FBI and the efforts to combat crime with their many partners. He said he was impressed by how closely the federal, state and local law enforcement agencies work together in Alaska. It is something of which we are very proud.

Director Wray and President of the Alaska Chapter, Shirley Coté (Session #164.

Director Wray and President of the Alaska Chapter, Shirley Coté (Session #164.

Shirley giving Director Wray pieces of Alaskan art – a billiken, Alaska’s good luck charm, and a soapstone, caribou bone and pheasant feathered wedding dancer.

Shirley giving Director Wray pieces of Alaskan art – a billiken, Alaska’s good luck charm, and a soapstone, caribou bone and pheasant feathered wedding dancer.

On August 8, 2018 the Anchorage field office of the FBI threw a going away party for SAC Marlin Ritzman and his wife, Juliette who also worked in the office. Mr. Ritzman was promoted to the records section and they are moving back east. Mr. Ritzman was an active member of the Alaska Chapter. He participated in all our general membership meetings, many of our executive board meetings, and all our functions. His support was phenomenal. President Shirley Coté presented Mr. Ritzman with an engraved Alaska goldpan. He will be truly missed and we wish him great luck in his new position.

Mr. Ritzman and just a few of the friends he made in his two short years in Alaska.

Mr. Ritzman and just a few of the friends he made in his two short years in Alaska.

The Training Committee, led by Captain Barry Wilson has begun their work in organizing their annual re-training. The Executive Development Conference will be held December 5-7, 2018 in Anchorage. We welcome anyone who wishes to attend, understanding we have a capacity of 100 seats. Registration will begin in October.

Job Announcement - Director of Alaska High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (Alaska HIDTA)

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JOB DESCRIPTION:

Job Title: AK HIDTA Director (PCN 12T011) Closing Date: 10/17/18 05:00 PM

The Alaska High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (Alaska HIDTA) Executive Board is soliciting applications for the position of Director - Alaska HIDTA. This position is a management level position with programmatic responsibility over the operations of the Alaska HIDTA, its various initiatives and management staff.

More information on the position is available via this link.

Please note, the listing closes on 10/17/2018 at 5:00 PM Alaska.


Chapter Chat - May through June, 2018

Chapter Chat for the Alaska Chapter by Shirley A. Coté, President (Session #164)

Waqaa! (Hello in Yupik) from the Alaska Chapter. Our Secretary/Treasurer, Captain Andrew Merrill, Alaska State Troopers (Session #257) and I were fortunate to have been able to attend the FBI National Academy Associates’ Chapter Officers’ meeting at Quantico March 5-8, 2018. We found the meetings to be well-structured and informative. Thank you to President Scott Dumas and the National Board for your presentations and demonstrated excellent leadership and support of the Chapters. Thank you to Executive Director Howard Cook, also for his excellent leadership, and to his friendly, helpful, and competent Staff. 

Andrew and I brought back many good ideas and important information to our Executive Board. The willingness to share by other chapter officers, along with the leadership of President Dumas, Section I Representative Braniff, Executive Director Cook, and the rest of the board and staff recharged my energy to build upon our extremely high level of excellence, professionalism, and communications. 

Andrew and I appreciated and seized the opportunity to meet with our two newest members of the chapter and graduates of Session #271 – Corey Rowley, Chief of Police for the Yakutat Borough Police Department and Lt. John McKinnon from the Anchorage Police Department. We had dinner at the Globe and Laurel and we had plenty of time to talk. We enjoyed hearing about their favorite classes and other experiences, and we’re looking forward to their involvement in our Chapter.

Corey Rowley, Andrew Merrill, Shirley Coté, John McKinnon

Corey Rowley, Andrew Merrill, Shirley Coté, John McKinnon

We are pleased to announce that our Chapter is a $1000 donor to the FBINAA Charitable Foundation. We support the mission of helping our brothers and sisters in law enforcement when they need help just as much as the people they are helping. We appreciate the presentation of Chairman Doug Muldoon and the commitment to expediently come to the aide of those least likely to ask for help. 

The bi-annual membership meeting will take place on May 7th starting at 3:00 p.m. in Fairbanks. We look forward to seeing our members from the Interior who cannot always make the annual meeting in Anchorage in December.  

We are pleased to be able to send three of our members to the National Conference in Quebec City. Two of our board members, Barry Wilson (Session #244) and Chad Goeden (Session #266) plan to attend along with another member, yet to be selected.

Chapter Chat - March through April 2018

President Shirley Coté

President Shirley Coté

A Message from the President

My name is Shirley Coté (Session #164) and it is my pleasure to start the second year of a two-year term as the President of the Alaska Chapter. I announced the results of our election in the last edition of Chapter Chat, and I am committed to, and looking forward to working hard again this year with our very involved Executive Board. We meet once a month on the third Friday for about an hour to ensure we are all on track with the work that needs to be done from our committees. Vice President for Southcentral Region, Barry Wilson (Session #244) chairs the Training Committee; Vice President for Southeast Chad Goeden (Session #266) and Vice President Sean McGee (Session #202) co-chair the Constitution and Bylaws Committee; Chad chairs the Membership Committee; Sean chairs the Social Outreach Committee; and per our Bylaws I serve as a member on all committees. Secretary/Treasurer Andrew Merrill (Session #257) has already hit the ground running and is promoting the need for past members to pay their 2018 dues. We are a small chapter with a potential of about 150 members. We ended the year with about half that number, but through the efforts of Chad's Membership Committee, and Andrew who serves on the committee, we expect to increase that number. Chapter dues are $15.00.

Last year Fairbanks P.D. Deputy Chief Dan Welborn (Session #267) chaired the Fundraising Committee and he and I were hugely successful in obtaining donated prizes and funds in Fairbanks and Anchorage, respectively, in an effort to sell raffle tickets to support our training. In addition to Dan and I, members Lance Jamison-Ewers (Session #267), Greg Russell (Session #180), Chad Goeden, Barry Wilson, Maurice Hughes (Session #261), Sean McGee (Session #202), Mike Holman (Session #251), Jennifer Shockley (Session #263), Ed Mercer (Session #259), Tony April (Session #226), Bob Beasley (Session #194), Skip Coile (Session #163), Ronda Wallace (Session #250), and Dave Ross (Session #256) did a tremendous job in selling raffle tickets. We have an impressive commitment from our members to ensure our chapter continues to thrive and be beneficial to the members.

Our next membership meeting will be held in Fairbanks on May 7, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and all members plan to attend, to include our Past President, Terry Vrabec (Session #186) who now lives in Arizona. Terry has been very active with our board work. Once again this year, we will be selecting a member to attend the National Conference, which is being held in Quebec City. Our Training Committee Chair and Vice President Barry Wilson and I also plan to attend. We are looking forward to attending the training sessions and hope to contribute good information to the Training Committee upon our return. We are also looking forward to networking with our fellow National Academy graduates and members of the FBI NAA. 

 

Marlin Ritzman Special Agent in Charge

Marlin Ritzman
Special Agent in Charge

In November 2017 I was contacted by Jennifer Watson, Member Services Manager for the FBI NAA. Jennifer requested feedback from the Alaska Chapter that could be presented to the National Board of Directors in consideration of Mr. Ritzman's application for membership. The members of the Alaska Chapter voted unanimously that Mr. Ritzman met the criteria and he was eventually approved by the National Board. We are proud to have Mr. Ritzman as a member as he has been deeply involved in the Alaska Chapter since his arrival as the Special Agent in Charge of FBI's Anchorage Division since March 10, 2016. Mr. Ritzman most recently served as Section Chief of Transnational Organized Crime-Western Hemisphere, Criminal Investigative Division. Mr. Ritzman entered on duty with the FBI in 1990. Following graduation from the FBI Academy, he was assigned to the Kansas City Division where he investigated organized crime and drug matters. 

In 1997 Mr. Ritzman transferred to the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) where he served as an Assault Team Leader until 2004. During Mr. Ritzman's tenure with HRT he completed multiple critical TDY assignments around the world to include: Afghanistan, Kosovo, Iraq, and Yemen. 
In 2004 he transferred to the Jefferson City RA, Kansas City Division, where he worked a variety of violations with emphasis on violent crime and gang matters. In 2006 Mr. Ritzman was appointed Assistant Legal Attaché in Islamabad Pakistan where he worked significant counterterrorism and liaison matters, he served there until 2007. 

In November 2009, Mr. Ritzman was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and was transferred to Headquarters City, Kansas City Division where he supervised the Violent Crime Squad including, a Fugitive Task Force, and Child Exploitation Task Force. In August 2013 Mr. Ritzman was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Kansas City Division where he managed all Criminal programs and the Administrative Branch. In July 2015 Mr. Ritzman was appointed as the Section Chief of Transnational Organized Crime- Western Hemisphere, Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters, where he was responsible for leading and overseeing programs involving Transnational Organized Crimes in the Western Hemisphere.

Mr. Ritzman is a certified SWAT Agent, and a Firearms and Police instructor. Mr. Ritzman is the recipient of the FBI's Shield of Bravery. Mr. Ritzman is a native of Nebraska and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Nebraska in 1985. He served in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer for 5 years prior to joining the FBI. Mr. Ritzman is married to Juliette Ritzman, who also works for the FBI's Anchorage Division. Their two sons Austin and Garrett are serving as Infantry Officers in the United States Army.

Director Michael Holman 

Director Michael Holman 

On January 31, 2018, Michael Holman (Session #251) retired from the Unalaska Department of Public Safety where he served since 1995. He rose through the ranks from patrol officer to patrol sergeant to deputy police chief and finally, Director. Prior to being hired in Unalaska, Mike he served in the Army as an air cavalry scout in the 82nd Airborne Division, and worked for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game while attending the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Director Holman attended the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Session #16 in Sitka, Alaska, and in 2012 he the FBI National Academy.  He holds an Advanced Police Certificate through the Alaska Police Standards Council; is a certified Police Instructor in multiple disciplines; and currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management and a Master of Public Administration degree through Ashford University.

Director Holman is an active member of the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police.  He is involved with several AACOP committees that include the legislative committee, the bylaws and policy committee, and marijuana ad-hoc committee.  He has served as a committee chair, as a member of the board of directors, and in the fall of 2015 he was appointed to fill the vice president seat.  He is also an active member of the Aleutian Islands chapter of the Alaska Peace Officers Association, the Unalaska Fish & Game Advisory Committee, the Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Local Emergency Preparedness Committee, and is a vice president of the Ballyhoo Lions Club. 

In addition to being an active member of the AACOP, Director Holman is an active member of the FBI National Academy Associates, Alaska Chapter. He currently serves on the Selection Committee for the Youth Leadership Program for the Alaska. His daughter, Taylor was an attendee of the 17th session YLP in June 2015, prior to Director Holman's commitment to serve on the committee. Through Taylor's experience Director Holman clearly understands the value of the program in our young Alaskan attendees' lives. 

Mike and his family will remain in the state and will be moving from Unalaska to Palmer.

 

Captain Anthony April

Captain Anthony April

Captain Anthony April (Session #226) from the Alaska State Troopers is very active in his community of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, aka "The Valley". Captain April is featured in a new book by authors Matthew Horace and Ron Harris entitled, "The Black and the Blue: A cop reveals the crimes and racism in America's law enforcement and the search for change." In the section dedicated to Captain April they talk about his upbringing in Miami and his rise to the rank of captain with the Alaska State Troopers.