Executive Fellows

Chief James A. Cervera

James A. (Jim) Cervera was appointed Chief of Police for the city of Virginia Beach by City Manager James K. Spore effective on September 1, 2010.

After having served two years with the Montclair, New Jersey Police Department, Jim joined the department in 1978 and was promoted through the ranks.  As a sergeant, he served as a SWAT team leader; as a lieutenant, he was assigned to the Labor Day task force, and as a captain, he commanded the second precinct.  He also has held posts in Professional Development and Training and assignments on the Chief’s Staff.  He was appointed Deputy Chief of Operations in 2000. During his years as Deputy Chief, he supervised the Operations Division and the Investigative Division.

During his tenure, he has been instrumental in developing and implementing the city’s gang prevention program. He authored and secured a series of grants for a community policing program, then coordinated and supervised its implementation. He also introduced the COMPSTAT program to the department, which uses GIS technology to map crime and identify problems and brings precinct commanders together to discuss the problems and devise strategies to solve those problems and reduce crime. As Chief, he reorganized the department and developed the Professional Standards Division. He is a leader in community policing and holds positions with a number of community organizations, including The Hampton Roads Community Foundation and Project Lifesaver International.  Jim was also appointed to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Transition Team.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University in St. Leo, FL, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University.  He graduated from the FBI National Academy 171 session in Quantico, VA, the Police Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond, the University of Virginia’s Senior Executive Institute, the Senior Management Program in Policing from Boston University, and the National Executive Institute.

Chief Michael Meehan (Ret.)

Mike Meehan recently retired from the Berkeley Police Department where he served as Chief of Police for just under seven years. Prior to joining the Berkeley Police Department, he worked for the Seattle Police Department where he served for over twenty years. His assignments included Homicide, Robbery, Gangs, CSI, Narcotics, Vice, Policy, Ethics, Media, Accreditation, Auto Theft, Field Training, Crime Analysis, and as a Precinct Commander.

During Meehan’s career, he developed one of the most comprehensive field training officer evaluation systems in the country. His work in community policing was cited by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was Incident Commander for the 2003 TOPOFF 2 full scale anti-terrorism exercise—the largest ever held in the United States up to that time—and was involved in a number of large-scale security events including the World Trade Organization, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and National Governors’ Association.

Under Meehan’s leadership, the Berkeley Police Department refocused its core mission on preventing crime, treating people with respect and restraint, and being accountable and transparent. He continued its progressive and forward-leaning traditions by creating a professional standards division, by becoming only the second agency in California to adopt Fair and Impartial Policing, being one of the first to implement Crisis Intervention training, being one of the first in the nation to develop and train in de-escalation and one of the first in the United States to implement sequential, double-blind lineup procedures to reduce the likelihood of false criminal identifications. Berkeley transparency efforts included posting online department policies, arrests, bookings, calls for service, pedestrian and traffic stops and 30 years of crime data. Berkeley incorporated the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing into the promotional process and worked with the local school district to develop a two-year Law and Social Justice class for 11th and 12th graders. Berkeley is one of the most representatively diverse police departments in the United States. Complaints were reduced by half and crime decreased to a fifty-year low.

Meehan has authored several articles and, in addition to his work with the Police Foundation, is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, Fight Crime-Invest in Kids, American Society for Industrial Security, California Police Chiefs Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Washington and received his Master’s Degree in Security Studies from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, DEA Drug Commanders Academy, and the Senior Management Institute for Police.

He is married and has two sons.

He can be reached at mmeehan@policefoundation.org.

Chief Wayne Jerman

Wayne Jerman is currently the Police Chief of the Cedar Rapids Police Department. He was sworn in as the City’s 43rd Police Chief on October 29, 2012. Before his leadership position in Cedar Rapids, Jerman was an officer with the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Police for 33 years. Jerman focused the majority of his career to patrol as he believed that this was the area of policing in which he could make the most difference in the lives of those he interacted with each day. He was promoted several times while in patrol before transitioning to training upon promotion to lieutenant. He achieved promotion to captain in 2002 and served as Commander of the Second District (Bethesda) for more than two years until he was appointed Assistant Chief of Police. Jerman retired from Montgomery County at the rank of Assistant Chief, serving as Chief of two bureaus; the Investigative Services Bureau from 2007-2010, and as Chief of the Field Services Bureau from 2010-2012.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is a full-service agency comprised of 213 officers and over 60 non-sworn employees. The department serves 128,000 residents and is responsible for 73 square miles. The Police Chief oversees the Police Department, Joint Communications Agency, and Animal Care & Control. Since his arrival in Cedar Rapids, he has increased the department’s community outreach efforts and formed stronger partnerships with law enforcement partners within Iowa, as well as increasing the department’s participation with federal task forces. Other significant accomplishments include overseeing the establishing a nuisance abatement program and enforcement unit, the creation of the Police Chief’s Advisory Committee, and the creation and implementation of the Cedar Rapids Police Community Action Team to further promote police-community relationships while addressing crime and quality of life conditions. From 2013 to 2015, Part One Violent Crime has decreased 10.5 percent in Cedar Rapids.

Jerman is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the Iowa Police Chiefs Association (IPCA), where he has been selected to represent IPCA as the legislative representative at the Iowa General Assembly.

Jerman’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Arts from Frostburg State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 236, and completed the FBI’s National Executive Institute, Session 35 in September 2012.

Chief Ramon Batista, Jr.

Chief Ramon Batista began his law enforcement career in 1986 with the Tucson Police Department. He honorably rose through the ranks, ultimately serving as the Assistant Chief until his appointment as Chief of Police for the Mesa Police Department in July of 2017.

During his committed service with the Tucson Police Department, he obtained a wide breadth of experience, starting with 11 years as a patrol officer, gaining valuable knowledge of police work on the road. He worked as a Field Training Officer, Community Resource Officer, Lead Police Officer, DUI Officer, AZPOST General Instructor, Academy Class Counselor and an undercover narcotics officer assigned to the DEA Task Force. As a Detective, he was assigned to the Special Investigations Division and the Violent Crimes Section.

After promoting to Sergeant, Chief Batista had supervisory responsibilities with the Public Information Office, Traffic Division and Patrol Operations.

At the Lieutenant level, Chief Batista was an Executive Officer to the Chief of Police and played a role in Advanced Officer Training and Patrol Operations for both the South and West Divisions.

As a Captain, Chief Batista commanded Chief of Staff, the Specialized Response Division and the South Patrol Operations Division.

Most recently as the Bureau Chief, Chief Batista commanded the Field Services Bureau and the Investigative Services Bureau.

Chief Ramon Batista now leads the Mesa Police Department as Chief of Police.

Chief Batista holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety and Homeland Security and a Master of Science degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University.

Chief Batista has also participated in the following specialized training:

  • Major Cities Chief’s Association – Police Executive Leadership Institute
  • PERF Senior Management Institute for Police
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy
  • Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command
  • Southwest Leadership Program, University of Arizona Eller College of Management
  • University of Arizona, Eller School’s Foundation for Public Sector Leadership Course
  • United Way’s Multicultural Leadership Development Program.


Chief Rodney Monroe (Ret.)

Retired Chief Rodney D. Monroe, began his career as a police officer with the four-thousand-member Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington DC where he rose through the ranks and retired as Assistant Chief of Police in 2001. During his later tenure with MPD, he commanded Patrol, Support Services, and the Youth and Violence Reduction Bureaus. He was responsible for organizing and commanding several significant national events such as the Million Man March and the second Inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton.

In 2001, he was appointed the first African American Chief of Police for the city of Macon, Georgia. After spending four years as chief, he was recruited and appointed as the Chief of Police for the city of Richmond, Virginia. Under his leadership, police and citizen relationships significantly increased through the development and implementation of innovative programs and engagements. Through partnership with the community, the city of Richmond experienced historical crime reductions in both violent and property crimes to include the lowest number of homicides in over the past 34 years.

Recognized as an innovator and practitioner of community policing, he was appointed Chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in 2008. Under his leadership, the Department refocused its efforts on addressing emerging crime issues under an enhanced crime prevention strategy focused on redirecting resources back into communities under a decentralized sector concept. In addition, innovative technology was developed and deployed which enabled members at all levels of the organization to have hourly crime trends, predictive analytics, and the ability to mine data from multiple information systems. The new technology enabled more timely and accurate data creating greater organizational and community accountability. His efforts once again led to a historical reduction in violent crime and homicides.  

Chief Monroe has been recognized for his continued success in stemming the systemic tide of recidivism.  Under his leadership and direction, communities have been positively impacted by both private and public collaborations and engaging ex-offenders in various programs, such as educational, health, and job opportunities.  Chief Monroe’s passion for youth is evident in his partnerships with many non-profit organizations addressing youth/gang related violence.  Other career highlights include the initiation and implementation of a Youth Diversion program designed to divert youth away from the criminal justice system affording greater opportunities for success and his service as chair of the Governor’s Crime Commission Committee tasked to address juvenile disproportionate minority contact within the criminal justice system.

In 2012, Chief Monroe spearheaded in partnership with several local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for the security planning and organization of the Democratic National Convention.

Chief Monroe holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Executive Institute. He has served as an Executive Committee member for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, member of Major Cities Chiefs and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.


Commissioner Anthony W. Batts (Ret.), D.P.A.

During his 30+ years in law enforcement, Anthony W. Batts served at the helm of three of the nation’s largest police agencies. His progressive and innovative style repeatedly transformed organizations into high performers. Throughout his tenure (2002-2009) as Chief of Police in Long Beach, California, his team dramatically reduced the city’s crime rates to numbers not seen since the early 1970s. In late 2009, then-Chief Batts was appointed to head the distressed Oakland (California) Police Department. Despite limited resources, he once again guided his team to achieve significant reductions in violent crime. From September 2012 until July 2015, Mr. Batts was appointed Police Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department. During that time, his team was able to implement reforms that led to dramatic reductions in all metrics used to assess police performance, including overall declines in all Part I crime numbers, excessive force objections, and citizen complaints.

In addition to his active service in law enforcement, Mr. Batts has shared his expertise in contemporary practices in policing, public policy issues, and systems analysis in myriad ways. In 2012, Mr. Batts was awarded a one-year fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice as an expert lecturer on police operations. As an integral member of the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety, also at Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice, Mr. Batts collaborated with esteemed researchers and practitioners to make global contributions to the concepts of community policing and community justice. Currently, Mr. Batts’ independent consulting company, The A. William White Group, provides focus on leadership, policy issues, police operations, and efficiency auditing to law enforcement agencies and organizations around the world.

Mr. Batts is a past California Governor’s appointee and chair of the California Peace Officer Standards & Training Commission (P.O.S.T.). He served as a P.O.S.T. Commissioner and on the executive board of the California Police Chiefs Association. Mr. Batts was Vice President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association in 2011. He has also been a member of the Alameda County Chiefs Association, the Los Angeles Police Chiefs Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (I.A.C.P.), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (N.O.B.L.E.) and the Police Executive Research Forum (P.E.R.F.). 

Mr. Batts has received various awards and commendations for heroism, crime reduction, community activism, and innovative programs, including California State University Long Beach Alumni of the Year, Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award in the cities of Long Beach and Oakland, and Leadership Long Beach Alumnus of the Year. Mr. Batts was also honored by the Anti-Defamation League for community outreach efforts to erase anti-Semitism, bigotry, and intolerance. He has served on the following boards: Long Beach Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees; Board of Governors for Long Beach City College; Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America; and the Long Beach Children’s Clinic.

Mr. Batts holds a Doctorate in Public Administration, a Master in Business Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Administration. Additionally, he is a graduate of the following executive programs:  Harvard University’s Executive Development Course; F.B.I.’s National Executive Institute; Police Executive Training Course; University of Southern California’s Delinquency Control Institute; F.B.I.’s National Academy; Leadership Long Beach; Law Enforcement Command College; and International Association of Chiefs of Police S.W.A.T. Commander School. Mr. Batts has also participated in numerous national and international counterterrorism trainings addressing the safety of ports, airports, entertainment venues, and light rail transportation systems.

Mr. Batts is the proud father of one daughter and two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, jazz concerts, and sporting events.

Chief Robert Handy

Robert Handy was appointed as the Chief of Police for the City of Huntington Beach, California, on December 7, 2013.  Chief Handy enjoys the opportunity to lead a full service, mid-size police agency with diverse challenges.  Implementing technology and data-driven approaches combined with community policing strategies have been priorities during the early parts of his tenure.

Chief Handy comes to Huntington Beach from the City of San Bernardino where he served as the Chief of Police for more than two years.  Chief Handy guided the San Bernardino Police Department through turbulent times as the City filed for Federal Bankruptcy protection.  After severe staffing reductions and multiple reorganizations, the Department stabilized to realize overall reductions in crime.  Despite the financial crisis, the San Bernardino Police Department improved training, policies, and organizational performance during Chief Handy’s tenure.  Prior to San Bernardino, Chief Handy was with the Phoenix, Arizona Police Department for 21 years.  He started as a Police Officer in 1990 and rose through the ranks to Commander.  During his tenure in Phoenix, Chief Handy served in a variety of assignments working in Patrol, Gangs, Training, Tactical Support, and Administration.

Chief Handy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.  Chief Handy is currently an Executive Board member with the California Police Chiefs Association and serves on several local boards and commissions.  Chief Handy also was an adjunct professor at Arizona State University for 13 years, teaching and developing Criminal Justice classes.  Chief Handy has been heavily involved in non-profit and community organizations in each of the cities he has lived in.  Chief Handy and his wife Jennifer have two adult daughters.

Chief Cynthia Renaud

Cynthia Renaud was sworn in as the City of Folsom’s Police Chief on May 2, 2011.  In this role, she leads a full-service police department of 73 sworn officers and 27 professional staff, providing service to approximately 72,000 residents living in a 25 square mile city.  Along with patrol and investigative functions, the Folsom Police Department provides its own dispatch, records and front desk services, maintains a SWAT team, a motor unit, a mounted unit, K-9 officers, bicycle patrol, school resource officers and is supported by a robust volunteer program (CAPS-Citizens Assisting Public Safety).  The Folsom Police Department works diligently to secure its low crime rate while delivering excellent customer service.

Chief Renaud came to the Folsom Police Department after serving twenty years with the Long Beach Police Department.  Hired as an officer, she worked her way through the ranks and held various assignments, including work in both Patrol and Detectives.  Her supervisory positions included Internal Affairs, the Field Training Program, and Academy Director.  As a Commander, she led the Communications Division, the East Patrol Division and the Detective Division before assuming the Chief of Police position in Folsom.

Chief Renaud is a native of Long Beach.  She attended California State University, Long Beach, where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature in 1996 and a Master’s Degree in English Literature in 2000.  In 2010, she completed a second Master’s Degree in National Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.  Chief Renaud received the Outstanding Thesis Award for her thesis submissions in both graduate programs.  Chief Renaud is a graduate of the 214th Session of the FBI National Academy.  She writes professionally, and has had articles published in the Homeland Security Affairs Journal, the Journal of Leadership Studies, and Tactical Edge magazine as well as the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

Chief Renaud currently sits on the Executive Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the IACP Financial Review Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security.  In 2013, Chief Renaud was appointed by Attorney General Kamala Harris to the CLETS Advisory Committee.  On behalf of the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA), Chief Renaud serves on the Executive Advisory Committee to the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) State Emergency Management System (SEMS) and their Cybersecurity Task Force.  In 2015, she was named California State Legislature “Woman of the Year,” Assembly District Six.


Chief John Feeney

John J. Feeney is the Chief of Police for the California State University, Chico Police Department and began his new journey on July 1, 2015. The California State University System is the largest public university system in the world, with 23 unique campuses throughout the state serving over 450,000 students. The Chico campus is the second oldest campus in the system and is home to over 17,000 students and 3000 faculty and staff. Chief Feeney credits his community policing experience and his extreme respect for building relationships in assisting him with making the transition from policing a major city to now serving a campus community.

 Since his arrival at Chico State, Chief Feeney has led efforts to improve relationships, both on and off campus, among students, faculty, staff and campus neighbors. His Cookies with the Cops program allows Chief Feeney to not only introduce his campus community policing philosophy to students, faculty and staff, it also has allowed the campus community to personally meet many of the officers who work every day on behalf of their safety. Additionally, Chief Feeney’s sincere belief in community policing led him to develop the Police Student Advisory Board in the furtherance of keeping the lines of communication open between the students and members of the University Police Department.

 Chief Feeney honorably served the many visitors and residents of the City and County of San Francisco for nearly 29 years as a proud member of the San Francisco Police Department. After graduating at the top of the 163rd SFPD Academy class, Chief Feeney served in many different roles throughout the SFPD during his career. He was promoted to the rank of captain in September of 2010 and retired on May 13, 2015 as the commanding officer of the Airport Bureau Traffic Division at the San Francisco International Airport, the largest division within the department.

 In keeping with his personal and professional philosophy of continual improvement, Chief Feeney earned both a bachelor’s degree in Management and a master’s degree in Leadership, during his career, from Saint Mary’s College of California. He is a proud graduate of California’s Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Command College Class 50 and was selected by his peers as class speaker. Chief Feeney is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police, Session 55.

John and his wife Lynn, a retired 911 manager, have two adult children and were foster parents for over 5 years.

Chief Donald L. Shinnamon, SR. (Ret.)

Donald L. Shinnamon, Sr. currently serves as a consultant specializing in public safety applications for unmanned aircraft technology. Before transitioning to the private sector, Chief Shinnamon had a distinguished thirty-five year career in public safety, beginning with the Baltimore County, Maryland, Police Department.  During his service there, he attained the rank of Colonel and held the position of Chief of Operations, second in command of the agency.  The large, urban county has over 800,000 residents, covers 612 square miles, and has over 1,900 sworn officers.

 As Chief of Operations, he was responsible for all police operations, including patrol, investigations, support services, youth programs, etc.  His accomplishments include development of a community policing master plan and implementation of a reorganization plan that decentralized resources to the precinct commands to better serve local communities.  As a Major, he developed an award winning Critical Incident Support Team that addressed the emotional needs of victims of traumatic incidents, including citizens and emergency service personnel and was a contributing author to Use of Force by Law Enforcement Personnel: Problems and Solutions, published by the FBI.

In 1997, Shinnamon’s career then took him to Gainesville, Florida where he was selected as their Chief of Police.  Gainesville, home to the University of Florida, is a diverse community of 110,000 located in north central Florida.  The police department employs over 400 people.

While serving there, the agency achieved accredited status from CALEA; aggressively fought a spiraling crime problem by initiating a zero tolerance crime initiative and implementing “hot spot” policing.  Subsequent to these initiatives, violent crime decreased 10 percent, including a 25 percent drop in robberies.  Further, by utilizing new strategies, several large events with a history of civil unrest were handled without incident.  Community partnerships were strengthened by directly sponsoring, or supporting over 40 community programs, creating a police and private security council and expanding citizens on patrol.

After Gainesville, Chief Shinnamon managed community policing programs for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).  He also assisted with management studies of law enforcement agencies that contracted with the IACP for that service.

In 2001, Shinnamon was selected by the City of Holly Hill, Florida, one of six cities that make up the Daytona Beach area, to be their Director of Public Safety.  The Director of Public Safety served as the chief of police, chief fire administrator and emergency management coordinator.  Organizational accomplishments during his tenure include: achieving accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFLEA) and International Recognition from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA); developing and implementing a three year expansion plan for the fire department; preparing for and responding to multiple hurricanes that struck the area in 2004 that resulted in the city being designated by the Presidential as a disaster area three times in two months.  Shinnamon expanded his credentials to include certification as a firefighter and as a Florida professional emergency manager.  He was elected president of the county fire chiefs association in 2004 and graduated from the University of Maryland, National Fire Service Staff and Command School in 2005.

The final stop in Shinnamon’s public safety career was in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where he again served as Chief of Police.  Port St. Lucie is one of the largest cities in Florida, covering 115 square miles with a population of 160,000 residents.  Once the fastest growing city in the United States, it became one of the most severely impacted by the economic recession in 2009.  During the worst two fiscal years in city history, he reduced the police department budget by $10 million dollars and 86 positions (25% of total authorized personnel) with minimal impact on service.  Working in close collaboration with employee bargaining units, overtime costs were reduced by over $1 million per year, without a single grievance.  At the same time, after reported crime increased each of the five prior years, crime dropped in both 2009 (8.8%) and 2010 (11.4%) due, in part, to keeping all personnel focused on crime and not the economic crisis.

After leaving public safety, Shinnamon, who holds a commercial pilot certificate, began a second career at Boeing’s unmanned aircraft company Insitu where he served as a business development executive, a position he held for five years.  Shinnamon now provides similar services to other companies in this new industry.

Shinnamon is a life member of the IACP and served as the chair of the Aviation Committee for over 15 years.  In 2008, he was selected to serve on the Federal Aviation Administration’s first rule making committee that drafted regulatory language to integrate small unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system. He is also the author of IACP’s Guidelines for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft by Law Enforcement that addressed the contentious privacy issue.

Chief Shinnamon holds a Master’s Degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore and completed a fellowship at Harvard University.

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