Executive Fellows

Michael Wagers, Ph.D.

Mike Wagers leads the Justice and Public Safety efforts for US State and Local Government for Amazon Web Services (AWS). He advocates for the adoption of secure, reliable, and scalable technology to drive change in public safety. Prior to joining AWS, Mike was the Chief Operating Officer at the Seattle Police Department, where he helped infuse technology into the department, including creating its Real Time Crime Center, Compstat process, holding its first Hackathon, and creating a YouTube channel for redacted police video. Prior to Seattle, Mike served as the Director of Law Enforcement Operations and Support at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He oversaw the Division of State and Provincial Police, the Division of State Association of Chiefs of Police, the IACP Technology Center, and its homeland security and information sharing grant programs. Mike holds a Ph.D. from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice.

Chief Susan Manheimer

Before being named the “Top Cop” in San Mateo, Chief Manheimer served almost 17 years with the San Francisco Police Department. At SFPD, she worked a variety of assignments to include robbery decoy work and gang and violent-crime suppression. She was both a Lieutenant and Captain of the Tenderloin Task Force, a tough inner-city neighborhood where she assisted in spearheading the first Business Improvement District and Safety Ambassador program for the City and County of San Francisco and was point on homeless and juvenile issues for the SFPD. Under her tenure Manheimer was able to forge a coalition of public/private/CBOs and businesses to “Take Back the Tenderloin” restoring order, reducing blight, and increasing neighborhood safety, building partnerships and engaging the challenged community.

Chief Manheimer was recruited by the City of San Mateo and appointed as their Chief of Police in May of 2000, where she continues her commitment to highly effective Community Policing Partnerships. Under her leadership, with the support of the City of San Mateo and the men and women of the SMPD, many innovative and award winning programs have improved the quality of life in San Mateo. The revitalization of the downtown was enhanced by the highly successful Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) and the Field Crisis Team, which specialize in response to incidents and individuals involved with both homelessness and mental illness. Spearheading an effective effort to reduce Polynesian gang activity, Manheimer enlisted allied agencies, community faith leaders, and elders to form the Tongan Interfaith Council, which assisted in driving down violent crime, particularly in schools and parks. Manheimer was also one of the driving forces behind the long-term highly effective Countywide Gang Task Force and the allied interagency Gang Intelligence Unit, and was their first Commander.  She is a leader in San Mateo County’s Local Action Plan to End Homelessness, and the SMPD HOT Team’s successes in ending chronic homelessness in downtown San Mateo have now been replicated throughout San Mateo County. Manheimer has also built upon SMPD’s outstanding community engagement strategy through a robust social media and internet fueled community information system which reaches tens of thousands of direct subscribers community-wide.

Now one of the senior tenured chiefs in the state, Chief Manheimer is focused on building a best-practices agency of excellence and establishing county-wide protocols that produce evidence-based, sustainable solutions that strike at the root of neighborhood safety and quality of life while building legitimacy, trust, and engagement between the police and the communities they serve. Involved at the national, state, and local level, she is a longtime member of the Police Executive Research Forum and is an Executive Fellow at the nationally recognized Police Foundation. Manheimer was honored to have been selected to participate in the most recent Executive Session on Policing at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Manheimer received a Presidential Appointment to the Office of Violence Against Women Act Re-commissioning, serves on the International Association of Chiefs of Police Juvenile Justice Committee, and is the first woman to have served as President of the California Police Chiefs’ Association and the San Mateo County Chiefs and Sheriffs Association. Manheimer serves as a Governor’s appointee on the State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is a county appointee to the Community Corrections partnership, and serves on the Boards of the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, the University of San Francisco Law Enforcement Leadership Institute, the San Mateo NAACP Executive Board, and the SM Police Activities League.

Manheimer received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, where she has taught a popular class on Public Policy, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University. She is a graduate of the POST Command College prestigious executive training program.

Chief Manheimer resides in San Mateo County and has two adult children, Sarah, an attorney, and Jesse, a Captain in the US Marine Corps. Together with her grandchildren they enjoy skiing, hiking, rowing, and service to their community.

Chief Michael Brown

Mike Brown is currently the Chief of Police for the City of Alexandria, VA. Brown has nearly four decades of experience in law enforcement, safety oversight, and public policy.  He rose through the ranks of the California Highway Patrol, starting as a police officer in Los Angeles in 1977 and culminating in his appointment as state commissioner from 2004 to 2008. He previously served as chief or assistant chief in various divisions.  As commissioner, he led one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States, with approximately 7,900 sworn personnel, 3,100 civilian staff, over 100 field offices, and a budget of $1.8 billion at the time of Brown’s tenure.

From 2008 to 2009, Brown served as the Deputy Secretary for Public Safety for the State of California. In this capacity, he advised the Governor’s Office on public safety issues and helped develop the state’s strategic highway safety plan.

Since 2010, Brown has served as Director of the Office of Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), where he is responsible for the development and implementation of national traffic safety policy and best practices. During his time at NHTSA, he has also served as Acting Associate Administrator for Research and Program Development and Acting Director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services and Office of Defect Investigation.

Brown is an Executive Fellow of the Police Foundation and serves on the Law Enforcement Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He has served as an instructor for nearly a dozen training programs for CHP, and as an adjunct professor for California State University, Sacramento. He has participated in many state and national task forces on such issues as police pursuits, homeland security, traffic safety, emergency planning, enforcement technology, and transportation.

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from California State University, Sacramento, a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from California State University, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in management from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  He is currently a candidate for a doctoral degree in criminology, law, and society at George Mason University.  Brown is also a graduate of the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Command College and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and National Executive Institute.

Brown has been honored dozens of times by his profession and the communities he has served, including recognition as the law enforcement officer of the year at various times by the California Peace Officers Association, the Los Angeles Jewish Community, and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement.

Deputy Director John Buchanan (Ret.)

John Buchanan retired from his position as deputy director for operations, US Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS), on April 29, 2016. In this capacity, he oversaw the work of over 400 CGIS Special Agents in nine regions covering the US and overseas postings.  CGIS agents investigate a wide variety of felony offenses ranging from homicide to environmental crimes that are prosecuted in military and federal court.

Mr. Buchanan came to the Coast Guard Investigative Service in July 2013 from the US Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP). He served as deputy director for operations for over two years supervising the regional and technical units that planned and implemented law enforcement development program in over 30 foreign countries.

Prior to his service at ICITAP, Mr. Buchanan served for four years as the senior police advisor at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). He provided expert advice and analysis to USAID headquarters and US embassies around the world on the development of host nation law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. His overseas experience includes work in more than 15 countries.

In 2007, Mr. Buchanan retired from the Phoenix Police Department after a 33-year police career. He worked in a variety of enforcement, investigative, and administrative assignments in a rapidly growing, diverse metropolitan environment, rising through the ranks to assistant police chief in 2000.

Mr. Buchanan has a Master of Science degree from Arizona State University. He graduated from the FBI National Academy and the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (John B. Pickett fellow). He was also a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), US Department of Justice in Washington, DC. His teaching experience includes leadership instruction for the Arizona State University Certified Public Manager Program.

Mr. Buchanan authored “Police-Prosecutor Drug Enforcement Teams” (published in the American Journal of Police) and A Field Guide for USAID Democracy and Governance Officers: Assistance to Civilian Law Enforcement in Developing Countries (published by USAID). He also co-authored the NIJ Research in Brief, “Understanding the Use of Force By and Against Police.”

Chief Adam McGill

Chief McGill has twenty-five years of experience serving in municipal California police departments.  Chief McGill became Novato’s police chief on January 9, 2017.  Before his appointment in Novato, Chief McGill served as Truckee, California’s police chief for 5 years.  Additionally, he served the U.S. State Department as a U.S. Diplomat in Iraq for 22 months as a senior police advisor to the highest levels of Iraq and U.S. government officials.

Prior to his service with the U.S. government, Chief McGill served two years as the police chief for the City of Newman, California, with the remainder of his leadership experience coming from the Modesto, California Police Department. As a police officer, Chief McGill spent the majority of his career in the detective bureau as a crimes-against-persons detective, including being part of the Scott Peterson homicide investigative team. He was promoted through the ranks to ultimately serve as a Patrol Watch Commander, Critical Incident Team Commander, and Commander of a federal multi-jurisdictional major drug enforcement unit – Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency (SDEA).

Chief McGill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He has completed the International Association of Chiefs of Police course on Leadership in Police Organizations and holds California Peace Officer Standards and Training certificates, Basic through Executive. Chief McGill graduated from the 261st session of the FBI National Academy in the summer of 2015. He is a former member of the board of directors for the California Police Chiefs Association and an Executive Fellow with the national Police Foundation.


Chief Mark Helms (Ret.)

Chief Mark Helms is a Northern California law enforcement leader with more than 30 years of public safety and local government experience.  Mark retired in June 2015 after serving nearly four years as police chief in the City of Lodi, a community of 64,000 located just south of Sacramento County.

Mark’s policing career began in 1984 when he joined the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office to work as a custodial officer in the men’s jail.  In 1985, he became a police officer in the City of Stockton, a diverse Central Valley community of 300,000 residents.  During his 26 year tenure with the Stockton Police Department, Mark worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and deputy chief of police.  He held several assignments and managed each bureau in the 650-member agency including operations, investigations, and administration.

In 2011, as Stockton was poised to enter municipal bankruptcy, Mark was named police chief in the neighboring city of Lodi.  As chief, he implemented significant organizational change in a department of more than 100 sworn and civilian employees.  He also developed an evidence-based strategy that significantly reduced gang violence, collaborated with community leaders to address the city’s growing homelessness problem, and served on the Executive Committee of San Joaquin County’s Community Corrections Partnership, a policy body that administers California’s public safety realignment laws.

Mark served on the board of directors of the California Police Chiefs Association and is a past president and vice president of the Central Sierra Police Chiefs’ Association.  He is also a member of several professional organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates, and Police Executive Research Forum.

Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from St. Mary’s College of California and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Stanislaus.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, and California’s Law Enforcement Command College.  He also holds an Executive Certificate from the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, California’s highest law enforcement certification.

Mark is currently an adjunct administration of justice professor at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, where he resides with his wife and family.

Director Eddie Reyes

Deputy Chief Eddie Reyes (Ret.) is the Director of Public Safety Communications in Prince William County, VA. Prior to this role, Eddie was a Senior Law Enforcement Project Manager with the Police Foundation. Before joining the Police Foundation, Eddie retired from the Amtrak Police Department after serving with them since February 2016. During his time with the Amtrak Police Department, he commanded all field operations and criminal investigations in the Mid-Atlantic Division, which includes all states between Pennsylvania and Florida. The Amtrak Police Department is a national police force committed to protecting the passengers, employees, and stakeholders of Amtrak. The more than 500 sworn and civilian personnel at more than 30 locations in 46 states conduct a range of behind-the-scenes and front line security measures to ensure Amtrak employee, passenger, and infrastructure safety and security.

Prior to working with the Amtrak Police Department, Chief Reyes retired from the Alexandria Police Department after 25 years of service, rising through the ranks of entry-level police officer to Deputy Chief in 2009. While in Alexandria, he worked in almost every unit of the Police Department, including being the Department’s first domestic violence investigator. In 2000, he was the commander of the Emergency Communications Center and in the communications and interoperability “trenches” during the terrible incidents on September 11th and the Sniper incident that gripped the National Capital Region. In 2002 he was assigned fulltime to the National Institute of Justice CommTech Program (formerly the AGILE Program) and served there for three years conducting research, development and outreach in the communications and the interoperability arena when it was barely recognized at the national level as a critical public safety concern. Chief Reyes managed public safety radio interoperability operations for the City of Alexandria and continues to be a key player in the National Capital Region on communications, interoperability, data-sharing, mobile broadband, license plate reader programs, and most recently body worn camera programs. He has served as a respected leader and liaison in the Hispanic community, a Patrol Sector Captain, Deputy Chief of the Operations Support Bureau, the Administrative Services Bureau, and the Patrol Operations Bureau. He retired as second in command of the Police Department. Chief Reyes successfully oversaw two CALEA on-site accreditation processes as the Deputy Chief of the Administrative Services Bureau.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), Deputy Chief Reyes chaired the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Police Technology Subcommittee. This committee focuses on regional technology issues impacting law enforcement and reports to the regions’ police chiefs. During his tenure, and in collaboration with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), this subcommittee focused on implementing a regional law enforcement data sharing system (Law Enforcement Information Exchange – LInX) that includes NCIS and now over 160 municipalities in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Deputy Chief Reyes has served on the NCR-LInX Governance Board Executive Committee since 2009 and the Chair since 2011.

In 2006 Chief Reyes served as the chairman of the Virginia State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC). This committee coordinated interoperability issues statewide through end user collaboration and reported to Governor Mark Warner through the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness before the Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (SWIC) were created.

Focusing on training and standards for public safety communications was his priority while serving on this committee, including a statewide, standardized radio protocol, also known as common language protocol. He has been instrumental in assisting public safety agencies across the country transition from coded radio protocol to a common language protocol. In 2008 Virginia Governor Tim Kaine appointed Chief Reyes to the Virginia Latino Advisory Board and the Commission on Immigration where he helped to advise the Governor on complex topics impacting Virginia’s Latino community, such as economic, professional, cultural, and educational development as well as sensitive immigration issues between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Latino community.

Chief Reyes has been a highly respected and sought after member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) presenting at many IACP conference sessions and committee meetings where he currently serves as the Chairman of the Communications and Technology Committee. In 2008 he served as the chairman of the IACP Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section. Chief Reyes is also an active member of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and the SAFECOM Executive Committee, representing the IACP on each. He is an active member of the IACP’s Communications and Technology Committee and will chair this committee as of October 2015. In January 2011, Chief Reyes was appointed by Federal Communications (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski as the Vice-Chair of the FCC Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC) Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).

He currently serves on the Transportation Safety Advancement Group (TSAG), an assembly of multidiscipline professionals from eight interest communities, including law enforcement, sharing a common concern for transportation and public safety. Chief Reyes also represents the IACP on the Counter Terrorism Operations Support (CTOS) – Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training at the Nevada National Security Site developing training courses for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Directorate (NPD), National Training and Education Division (NTED), Training Operations within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This training prepares first responders to take immediate, decisive action to prevent or mitigate terrorist use of radiological or nuclear weapons of mass destruction, such as improvised nuclear devices (INDs).

Deputy Chief Reyes is a graduate of the FBI National Academy – 227th Session (2006); Leadership Alexandria 2010; Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) – Senior Management Institute for Police – 47th Session (2011) a past member of the Board of Rebuilding Together Alexandria, and adjunct professor at George Mason University teaching undergraduate courses for the Criminology, Law, and Society Department.

Deputy Chief Reyes is a native of New Mexico and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University. He also earned a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration with a concentration in Administration of Justice at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Deputy Chief David Waltemeyer

David Waltemeyer is Deputy Chief of the Melbourne, Florida, Police Department. Prior to his work in Melbourne, Dave was a Senior Law Enforcement Project Manager with the Police Foundation, providing expertise for the Police Foundation’s LEO Near Miss officer safety initiative and the Foundation’s National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations (NRTAC). Dave joined the Foundation after a 25-year career in law enforcement, retiring from the Anne Arundel County, Maryland Police Department (AACOPD) as an Acting Deputy Chief of Police.

During his career with AACOPD, David commanded all three of the Department Bureaus; the Patrol Bureau, the Operations and Investigations Bureau, and the Administrative Bureau. As Commander of the Patrol Bureau, David was recognized as a leader in transitioning the Department into an Intelligence-Led Policing philosophy and pioneering new and creative Community Oriented Policing and Problem Oriented Policing techniques and strategies. David led the Department’s CompStat process and supervised the Crime Analysis Unit. As Commander of the Administrative Services Bureau, David commanded over the Training Section, overseeing the Department’s use of force training and active shooter programs. As Commander of the Operations and Investigations Bureau, he was responsible for all Special Operations activities including; the Quick Response Team, the Aviation Section, the K-9 section, the Traffic Safety Section, and the Civil Disturbance Unit. He has extensive experience managing critical incidents, such as hostage/barricade events and deadly use of force incidents.

David also commanded over the Criminal Investigation Division and served as Commander of the Major Crimes Section, overseeing homicide, sexual assault, and child abuse investigations. He developed training in the area of death investigations and critical incident/scene management, and provided instruction to all levels of the organization. David also served as the Chairperson on the Department’s Deadly Force Review Board.

As the Acting Deputy Chief of Operations, David restructured and improved the Department’s recruitment, selection, and training programs to improve diversity and professionalism. David provided expert guidance to the Professional Standards (Internal Affairs) Section and the Staff Inspections Section, based on his experience and expertise in personnel investigations and accreditation. David has been a Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Assessor since 2010 and a CALEA Team Leader since 2015. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland University College, providing instruction in the areas of law enforcement leadership and administration, criminal procedure and evidence, criminal investigations, and medicolegal death investigations.

David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of Maryland University College and a Master’s Degree in Management from the John’s Hopkins University. David is a graduate of the John’s Hopkins University Police Executive Leadership Program. He has received specialized training in all areas of law enforcement leadership and management, criminal investigations, and major incident management.

Chief Richard W. Myers

Chief Richard (“Rick”) W. Myers has served as Chief of Police for the City of Newport News, Virginia since January 2014, leading a total staff of 440 sworn officers. He began his career in policing in 1977 in the Detroit suburbs and has served as a patrol officer, public safety officer, and Medical Examiner Investigator. He was first appointed as a Police Chief in 1984, and has led agencies in Plymouth, Michigan; Lisle, Illinois; and Appleton, Wisconsin. In addition, from 2007-2011 Myers was the chief of the Colorado Springs, CO Police, with an agency of almost 1000 personnel.

Chief Myers received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Michigan State University, where he has been admitted to the MSU Criminal Justice Alumni Wall of Fame. He is a graduate of all three of the FBI’s leadership programs: The FBI National Academy-156th Session; the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar-26th Session; and the FBI National Executive Institute-31st Session. Chief Myers is in his 8th year as a Commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and currently Chairs the Commission. He is a Life Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); Past Board Member of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF); and a Past President of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association (WCPA) and the Society of Police Futurists International (PFI).

Chief Mark Chaires (Ret.), Ph.D.

Dr. Chaires has three decades of law enforcement experience, a third of that time spent at the executive management level. He served as the Assistant Police Chief for Schenectady, NY Police Department for seven years before being named Chief of Police in September 2008. In December of 2012, Chief Chaires retired to complete degree requirements for a Ph.D. at the Rockefeller School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany.  He received his Ph.D. in May of 2015, as well as the Walter M. Francis Policing Award.

During his tenure as a law enforcement executive, Chief Chaires implemented several key crime reduction strategies (e.g., CompStat, Directed Patrol) and collaborated with the County District Attorney to significantly expand the exemplary public surveillance camera system in his jurisdiction. He created the agency’s Human Resources Bureau, which, in turn, led to several important administrative programs (e.g., performance management, leadership development, and wellness).  Finally, he partnered with researchers to evaluate the agency’s implementation of CompStat and to measure officers’ performance regarding procedural justice.

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