Executive Fellows

Captain Jason Simon

Captain Jason Simon is a 20-year veteran of the Youngstown Police Department in Youngstown, OH. Presently, he commands the department’s Fiscal Unit where he is in charge of the agency’s $20 million budget, grant writing, special projects, and the vehicular fleet and equipment. Throughout his career, he has commanded the Patrol Division and the Services/Planning & Training Division, and he has served as a supervisor in the Criminal Investigation Division, Street Crimes Unit, Auto Theft Unit, and Patrol.

Captain Simon has been instrumental in modernizing and reshaping not only his own department, but agencies throughout Ohio through intelligence-led policing implementation, community-police relations and outreach training, application of technological innovations for law enforcement, training, policy formation and best practices, and more. Much of Capt. Simon’s work has centered on the successful merging of academic research, community engagement, and practical law enforcement application, including the nationally-recognized Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) program and the highly-successful Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) program.

Captain Simon is a graduate of Youngstown State University, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He has attended Johns Hopkins Executive Leadership & Management training, and he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Session #264). Locally, he is on the Executive Board of the Youngstown City Schools Athletic Administration, the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club, and the Boys and Girls Club Programming Committee. Nationally, he is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, FBI National Academy Associates, High Technology Crimes Investigation Association, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Capt. Simon also serves on the IACP’s Police Administration Committee and the IACP Policy Council Advisory Group, and he is a consultant with the Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC).

Chief John Perez

John E. Perez has served as the Chief of Police for the City of Pasadena (CA) since 2018 and has been with the Department since 1985.  His 35 years of public safety experience includes an array of specialized assignments in enforcement, special tactics, administration, and community initiatives. He served as the Counter-Terrorism Intelligence Officer immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attack in developing security/safety measures for Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade, Rose Bowl, and special events. After serving as the Special Enforcement Section Sergeant and developing policing initiatives in lowering gang violence while improving community trust and confidence, he was appointed by California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to provide best practices on developing statewide initiatives. He is the recipient of Mayor’s Special Service Award for his work in developing community initiatives and has been twice awarded with the Police Chief’s Excellence in Policing merit award. Chief Perez has served in the various ranks of the Department to include Deputy Chief of Police from 2016-2018.

Chief Perez led the development of several internal initiatives that decreased the use of force by 35% through immersive training and self-improvement from use of Body-Worn Camera (BWC), as well other initiatives to increase community aware of policing challenges through programs such as “Policing 101” developed to educate community members, youth, and the media on policing topics.

Chief Perez serves on the Pasadena Educational Foundation, Patron Saints Foundation, and is a graduate of the California Peace Officers and Standards Executive Management School as well as holding a POST executive certificate.  Chief Perez possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Behavior Science, and a PhD in Public Administration.  He serves on the board of the California Police Chiefs Association and is a contributor to the Police Executive Research Forum.

Chief Anthony Geraci

Anthony W. Geraci is a 20-year veteran of New York State law enforcement, beginning his career in 1998 with the New York City Police Department. While with the NYPD, he was assigned to the 113th Precinct, Transit District 1, Midtown North Precinct, Anti-Crime Unit and the Police Academy as a physical fitness and tactics instructor. In 2003, he joined the City of Albany, New York, Police Department where he rose through the ranks and served in a variety of capacities. His last assignment was the Commanding Officer of the Neighborhood Engagement Unit (NEU), which is a citywide unit comprised of beat officers, community service officers, school resource officers, prevention services unit, anti-violence coordinator, youth aide, and the Police Athletic League. He formerly served as the Commanding Officer of the Training Unit and Director of the City of Albany Police Academy. While he served at the senior management level, the Albany Police Department was recognized by the White House as one of fifteen model agencies for the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He retired from the Albany Police Department in July 2019 and became the Chief of Police for the city of Watervliet, where he has made Procedural Justice a cornerstone of his administration, both internally and externally. This approach has afforded collaborative partnerships to cultivate, community trust and legitimacy to be attained, and the ability to create a learning organization which is continually expanding its capacity to create their future.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration from Marist College. He has served as an adjunct professor at the State University of New York, Albany School of Criminal Justice and Columbia-Greene Community College. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Northeast Chiefs of Police, and he serves as the 2nd Vice President on the Executive Board for the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Academy. He proudly became a National Police Foundation Executive Fellow in November 2019.

Anthony is married to his wife Jackie and has four children.

Chief Thomas Chaplin

Thomas Chaplin has been in law enforcement for over 27 years.  In 1989, he began his career with the Sacramento Police Department, where he worked for 12 years serving as a patrol officer, neighborhood police officer and narcotics detective. In 2001, he was selected by the California Department of Justice to serve as a special agent on the Sexual Predator Apprehension Team.  He ultimately promoted to the position of Special Agent in Charge.  In 2006, he was hired as a lieutenant by the Citrus Heights Police Department, where he served as a member of the start-up team for this brand-new police department.  He served as a lieutenant and commander for the Patrol and Investigations divisions and founded the Citrus Heights Police Activities League, serving as its president for 5 years.  In 2013, he was hired as the Chief of Police for the Walnut Creek Police Department, where he currently serves.

Chief Chaplin is on the California Police Chiefs Association’s Board of Directors and chairs the association’s Training Committee.  Chief Chaplin holds a Master’s degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach.  He is a graduate of the CA POST Command College and has published an article in the California Journal of Law Enforcement, titled Cybercriminals have Passed Law Enforcement By.  Let’s Catch Back Up! He has been a Commissioner on the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) since 2016.

Chief Tracey G. Gove (Ret.)

Chief Tracey Gove (Ret.) served for 24 years with the West Hartford Police Department, one of the largest suburban police agencies in the State of Connecticut. He rose through the ranks serving in Patrol, Traffic, Community Interaction, Detective Division and Special Investigations. He ultimately served as Chief of Police for six years. During his tenure as Chief, he led a professionally recognized police department into the 21st century in areas of technological advances, emergency response, community relations, community partnerships and customer service.

As a lifelong learner, Chief Gove brought his passion for education into the police department. He collaborated with a local university and helped to develop a fully accredited master’s degree program. Reserved solely for sworn members of law enforcement, officers were able to take classes at the police department and earn a specialized master’s degree in criminal justice, offered only through this particular program.

Chief Gove has authored nearly a dozen articles on management and leadership issues. A seminal piece on the topic of implicit bias was well ahead of its time and received much attention when national events surrounding police use of force surfaced. The article has been referenced and cited by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service, and the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division in work on gender bias as well as the investigation of the Ferguson Police Department.

Chief Gove holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford. He is a graduate of FBI LEEDS Session #71; the U.S. Coast Guard Senior Leadership Principles and Skills Session #71; Cornell University ILR School Diversity Management program; and Harvard Law School’s program on Intensive Negotiations for Executives. He holds a certificate in Local Government Management from the ICMA.

Chief Gove spent nearly a decade serving on a variety of boards and commissions relating to civil and human rights. He has also held appointments as an adjunct faculty member in local colleges.

In 2017, Chief Gove retired from policing. He currently serves as the Director of Operations, Corporate Security, for a large, multinational Fortune 500 financial institution.

Chief Daniel Stump

Chief Stump attended York College of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He was hired as a patrolman with Springettsbury Township Police Department in 1996, and since that time, he has risen through the ranks and was promoted to Chief of Police in March 2015. Chief Stump is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He served on the York County Quick Response Team (SWAT) from 2006 to February 2017, with almost 4 years as the Team Commander.  Chief Stump and his wife celebrated their 23nd wedding anniversary this year and have two children.

Chief Stump made it clear on his first day as Chief that the goal of the Springettsbury Township Police Department is to provide our community with the best professional service, to develop partnerships by placing deeper roots into our community, and to have a strong level of trust between the community and the police department.

In February 2016, Springettsbury Township Police Department voluntarily partnered with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center.  (The 30th Police Department in the entire country to partner with them.) Per Chief Stump’s request, a team from the DOJ Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center and Transparency Matters LLC. spent hundreds of hours interviewing a wide variety of community members and organizations as well as reviewing Springettsbury Police Departments policies, procedures, rules of conduct, training, reports, citizen complaints, internal affairs, use of force reports, and community relations.

As a way to be transparent and build the level of trust with the community, the final report was provided to the community at a Town Hall meeting in November 2016.  Chief Stump has worked with the DOJ since that time, and in April 2018, he completed every recommendation made by the DOJ.  Springettsbury Police Department has trained all its officers and many surrounding police departments in procedural justice and implicit bias.  The Springettsbury Township Police Department operates under the following guiding principles: we are here to serve our community; every member of the community deserves to be heard; they deserve a fair and neutral police department; they deserve a professional officer who knows the laws and will not only enforce the laws, but protect each person’s individual rights and treat them with dignity and respect no matter the circumstances.

Director Bob Stresak (Ret.)

Robert Stresak retired as the Executive Director for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). He was responsible for the oversight of 39 POST Certified academies that delivered the state mandated training standards for new police officers, the development of secured testing procedures and protocols, background investigation standards, in-service training programs, the development and delivery of learning technologies, maintaining effective liaison with State Legislative members, ensuring the timely development of legislatively mandated law enforcement training programs, ensuring the compliance of POST standards with approximately 600 law enforcement agencies within the State of California, and maintaining an effective dialogue among Chiefs, Sheriffs, labor and managerial and academic interests state wide.

Chief Michael C. Miller

Michael C. Miller has over 27 years of law enforcement experience where he has worked at the city, county, tribal, and federal levels. He was sworn in as the Chief of Police in Colleyville, Texas on May 23, 2018. Prior to joining the Colleyville Police Department, he served for over 5 years as the Assistant Chief of Police of the Coral Gables Police Department in South Florida.

Chief Miller also served in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 6 years as the Special Assistant to the Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch and as the Special Advisor to the Assistant Director of the Directorate of Intelligence. He also served for 2 years as an FBI detailee to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs as the Deputy Associate Director of Law Enforcement Operations and as a Senior Advisor to the Director.

Prior to joining the FBI, Chief Miller spent 13 years as a management consulting executive, most notably as the Global Program Executive for Accenture’s (previously Andersen Consulting) Immigration, Justice & Public Safety practice. Chief Miller began his career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Wise County Sheriff’s Department and also spent 5 years as a reserve police officer in Addison, Texas. He holds current police certifications in both Texas and Florida.

Chief Miller received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and has completed the executive program in Navigating Strategic Change at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He also served for 3 years on the National Academy of Science’s panel on Modernizing the Nation’s Crime Statistics which resulted in the publication of 2 substantive reports on the subject.

Captain Cory S. Nelson

Captain Cory Nelson is a 30-year veteran of the Madison Police Department and currently serves as the West District Commander. During his tenure with the MPD he has served a variety of roles including a being a Patrol Officer for 9 years and a Detective for 14 years, serving mainly in Persons Crimes and Narcotics. After being promoted to Lieutenant, he was the Officer in Charge of Third Detail, in charge of the Professional Standards and Internal Affairs (PSIA) Unit, then assigned to Investigative Services and Asst. SWAT Team Commander.

While assigned to the PSIA office he revamped the way MPD handles discipline by creating a discipline process that was fully supported by the officers in the department and is in use today.

Captain Nelson was selected by the National Institute of Justice as a Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholar in 2015. Captain Nelson has worked recently with Dr. Cynthia Lum and Dr. Chris Koper on a violence reduction program in his district that was so successful, it was implemented city wide. He authored an article on the effort — published in the Spring 2018 edition of Translational Criminology Magazine.

Captain Nelson spoke at the 2017 IACP Conference in Philadelphia about an opiate-related criminal diversion program he started in Madison. He also works as a consultant for the US DOJ on Focused Deterrence and recently helped Memphis TN start up their own program.  He was invited to speak about Madison’s success with focused deterrence at recent Project Safe Neighborhoods conference, Violence Reduction Network conference and the US Attorney General’s conference. He is also an instructor for the WI Dept. of Justice on Internal Affairs.

Captain Nelson is a Wisconsin Command College graduate and certified WI Public Manager. He has also attended the IACP-Leadership in Police Organizations course. He has volunteered for many years with Special Olympics – Wisconsin State Games, the WI Torch Run, as well as the  Concerns for Police Survivors (COPS) Kids Camp that is held in Wisconsin each year.