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Executive Fellows

Executive Fellows at the Police Foundation are current or retired executive-level members of criminal justice organizations whose knowledge, experience and skills help advance the Foundation’s mission. They serve as members of the President’s Practitioner Advisory Board to help ensure the Foundation is grounded in a comprehensive understanding the practical needs of law enforcement organizations. In addition, executive fellows serve as the Foundation’s regional representatives in national and international settings. Executive Fellows work on specific projects, represent the Foundation in meetings and conferences, and develop substantive thought pieces about the pressing issues facing policing. They serve for terms determined by the Foundation’s president.

Executive-level individuals interested in becoming an Executive Fellow should e-mail a brief statement of interest outlining their experience and skills at advancing policing and a copy of their resume directly to the Foundation President using the contact form.

Current Executive Fellows

Bryan Roberts was appointed the chief of the Draper (UT) Police Department in 2012. Prior to Draper, Chief Roberts served 26 years in California law enforcement with his last tenure as the chief of the Menlo Park Police Department in the San Francisco Bay area.

Scott Thomson was sworn in as chief of the Camden County Police Department on May 1, 2013. Prior to that, he served as chief of the former Camden Police Department for five years. He has been in law enforcement since 1992. He holds an M.A. in education from Seton Hall University and a B.A. in sociology from Rutgers University.

Paul M. Walters served as Chief of Police in Santa Ana, California, from 1988 to 2013, making him the longest-serving chief in a major city in modern U.S. history. When Walters was first appointed chief, the department had 359 officers serving 293,000 people. Budget cuts reduced that to 320 officers by the time he retired – but the force now protects 335,000 residents – and a total population of 500,000 during the working day. At the same time, the crime rate has dropped to the lowest level in almost 40 years and gang violence fell by more than 40 percent a year in 2011 and 2012.

Rick Braziel served as chief of the Sacramento Police Department (SPD) from 2008 until his retirement in December 2012. A 33-year veteran of the SPD, including 18 years as a member of the executive leadership team, he held a variety of ranks. As deputy chief, his assignments included the Office of Operations, Office of Investigations, Office of Technical Services, and the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

Chief Ronnell A. Higgins leads the Yale University Police Department, the nation’s oldest campus police department, established in 1894. Chief Higgins has been instrumental is designing and implementing strategies to reduce crime at Yale to the lowest levels since the department began reporting UCR Crimes in 1985.

Scott R. Seaman has been chief of the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno (CA) Police Department since 2002. During his 37-year law enforcement career, he served 27 years with the San Jose (CA) Police Department, retiring in 2002 as a captain after working in a wide variety of assignments from special operations/patrol to investigations to community services and research and development.

Dr. Scott Silverii was appointed chief of police of the Thibodaux (LA) Police Department in January 2011, after serving twenty-one years with the nationally accredited Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, where he began his law enforcement career in 1990.

Tony Farrar is chief of the Rialto (CA) Police Department. A police officer for over 30 years, Chief Farrar is a graduate of the California Peace Officers Standard and Training (CA POST) Executive Leadership Command College and the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University. He is also an adjunct instructor through the Coast Community College District.

Thomas G. Hoffman retired in August 2009 as director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO). Prior to his appointment as DAPO director, Mr. Hoffman served over thirty years in California municipal law enforcement. From 1994 to 2004, he served as the deputy chief of police for West Sacramento, CA. Prior to joining the West Sacramento Police Department, Mr. Hoffman served with the Inglewood Police Department from 1974 to 1994, moving through the ranks from officer to captain.

Dr. Ellen Scrivner has had a distinguished career characterized by a strong record in executive leadership devoted to advancing policing in America. She has held national criminal justice policy positions, both at the Federal and local levels, and has created innovative public safety initiatives responsive to pressing criminal justice needs. She is a recognized national expert on criminal justice policy, police behavior, and public safety and policing issues. In addition to significant Washington experience, she has held academic positions and also served on the Steering Committee for the Harvard Executive Sessions on Policing and Public Safety (2010-2011). In 2010, she received the O.W. Wilson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Police Education, Research and Practice from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Christopher L. Butler is currently serving as the Investigations Group Supervisor at the NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.

He recently retired as the Resident Agent in Charge for the U.S. Secret Service Riverside (CA) Resident Office, the largest Secret Service RO geographical district in the U.S. outside of Alaska. The 27,000-square-mile district includes more than 4.3 million residents.

The Secret Service is the lead agency safe-guarding our nation's financial infrastructure and ensuring the integrity of our economic systems.

A 34-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBSD) in Southern California, Rod Hoops served as Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator from 2009 until his retirement in December 2012. Hoops holds a masters in public administration and bachelors in criminal justice from California State University, Fullerton, and is a graduate of the California Command College.