Executive Fellows

Chief Edward Flynn

Edward A. Flynn was appointed Chief of the Milwaukee Police Department in January of 2008. He commands an agency of 2,000 sworn officers and 700 civilians, serving a city of 600,000 residents.

He was formerly Police Commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts from 2006 to 2008. As the chief police executive, he was responsible for 470 officers and 100 civilians, serving a city of 155,000 residents.

Flynn served as Secretary of Public Safety under Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney from January 2003 until he took command in Springfield. He was responsible for a secretariat employing 10,000 that included the Massachusetts State Police, the Department of Corrections, and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary of Public Safety, he served for five years as the Chief of Police in Arlington, Virginia.  He commanded a 360 officer department, serving 190,000 residents.  In that capacity, he was instrumental in the recovery effort at the Pentagon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

He began his career in the Jersey City Police Department, where he was promoted through the ranks of officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and inspector. He also served as the Chief of Police in Braintree and subsequently Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Chief Flynn is currently a member of the Police Executive Research Forum.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Fight Crime Invest in Kids Executive Board. He is a member of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Session on Policing and a past recipient of the prestigious Gary Hayes Memorial Award for Police Leadership from the Police Executive Research Forum.

Edward Flynn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and completed all coursework in the Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice from City University in New York.  Chief Flynn is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the National Executive Institute and was a National Institute of Justice Pickett Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Chief Henry Stawinski III

Henry P. Stawinski III, known as Hank, was appointed to the position of Chief of Police on February 17, 2016, after having served as Deputy Chief since September 11, 2011. He began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Prince George’s County Police Department, which serves 486 square miles and nearly one million residents along the eastern border of Washington D.C. From July 2013 through January 2016, Hank was responsible for the Bureau of Patrol to which approximately 1100 of the Department’s 1700 sworn members are assigned. Within the Bureau are the six current district stations with a seventh district under construction and set to open in the Fall of 2015. Also within the Bureau is the Special Operations Division which includes Aviation, Canine, Collision Analysis and Reconstruction, three Emergency Services Teams, and the Marine Unit. The Bureau of Patrol manages a budget of $138 million, nearly half of the Department’s total annual budget.

His three prior assignments include serving as the Deputy Chief for the Bureau of Forensic Science & Intelligence, Chief of Staff to the Chief of Police, and Deputy Inspector General for the Department. In his 23 years of service, he has played a key role in the Department’s seven successful bids for accreditation, founded and supervised the Behavioral Sciences Services Unit, and currently leads the “Arrive Alive” officer driving safety campaign.

Hank holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College and a Master of Science in Management from The Johns Hopkins University. He is an alumnus of both the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute.  He has also attended the negotiation program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, and the Police Chief’s Association of Prince George’s County. He is a past President of the Maryland Association of Police Planners. Hank lives in Prince George’s County with his wife of 15 years and their daughter.

Chief Robert Lehner

Robert (Bob) Lehner has been a police officer for over 37 years and a police chief for over ten years.  Bob started his policing career with the Tucson, Arizona police department serving a balanced career in field services, investigations, and administration and holding every sworn rank except that of Chief of Police.  When he left the agency in 2003, Bob was the senior assistant chief and second-in-command of this large, CALEA-accredited agency.

Bob was then appointed chief of the police department in Eugene, the second largest city in Oregon.  At the time of his appointment, Eugene PD had suffered several criminal personnel-related crises, was in management-labor turmoil,  and had been without a permanent chief for over two years.  Bob led a professional assessment of the agency, developed a comprehensive strategic plan to address identified issues, and by the time he left after nearly five years, almost all of the administrative and policy reforms had been successfully implemented, avoiding what would likely have been a Department of Justice pattern-and-practice finding and consent decree.

Bob then accepted a position as the second-ever chief of a start-up police agency in Elk Grove, California, then and now the largest from scratch police start-up in the U.S.  The city incorporated in 2000 and formed its police department in 2006.  Bob assumed the chief’s role in 2008 and led the development of agency systems, structures, and policies to transition the agency and its culture to become a respected, modern police agency.

A first-generation American, Bob was born to immigrant parents in South Carolina and lived in Japan and Chicago before moving to Tucson in the late 1960s.  He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Administration from the University of Arizona in Tucson and has completed PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA), the University of Virginia’s Senior Executive Institute (SEI), and many other professional programs.

Bob is a recognized police systems and policy expert.  Previously a board member of the Oregon Police Chiefs Association, Bob is presently a board member of the California Police Chiefs Association and regularly testifies to the effects of various legislative proposals on cities and public safety generally.

Bob is a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) Master Certified Barbecue Judge (MCBJ) and has judged professional barbecue competitions throughout the western U.S.  Bob is also a certificated private pilot.  Bob and his wife Diane have been married for over 30 years and have two adult daughters, both in the health care industry.

Chief Jeffrey Hadley

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley currently leads a department comprised of 225 sworn police/fire officers. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is the largest public safety department in the United States. Chief Hadley was selected in June of 2008 after a national search conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum.

Prior to his selection, Chief Hadley served 15 years with the Fort Wayne (IN) Police Department, where he rose to the rank of Captain and served in such capacities as Vice and Narcotics Commander, Director of Training, and Patrol Division Commander. Chief Hadley started his career as an officer with the Cape Coral Police Department, Cape Coral, Florida, in 1991.

Chief Hadley has a Masters Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and is a graduate of the 220th session of the FBI National Academy and 48th session of the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy.

During his tenure, Chief Hadley refocused the organization on building relationships with the community and developing trust as a cornerstone to improved Public Safety. In 2012, Chief Hadley proactively conducted a racial profiling study to measure disparate impact in traffic stops and post-stop activity. The results of that study measured significant disparate impact and made recommendations relative to culture, policy, and training.

Since that time, Chief Hadley and Staff have endeavored to implement the recommendations, having retooled the reward systems, trained the entire agency on Fair and Impartial Policing, developed “Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy” curriculum, developed “Consent to Search” policy and began moving from statistical measures of performance (citations, arrests) to more a qualitative/balanced analysis (non-traditional contacts, service oriented).

During Chief Hadley’s tenure, Part I Crimes have declined approximately 40% in the City of Kalamazoo.

Chief Jeff Hadley is married to Jessica Hadley and they have six children ages 6-20.

Captain Tim Hegarty

Tim Hegarty has served with the Riley County (KS) Police Department since 1995 and is currently a captain in command of his agency’s Support Services Division. Previous commands include the Riley County Police Department’s Administration, Patrol, and Investigations Divisions. He has served as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Kansas State University and as a subject matter expert and instructor for the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation. He is also a Level II Certified Instructor in Problem-Based Learning.

Hegarty led a hot spots policing research project that was recognized with the 2013 IACP/Sprint Bronze Award for Excellence in Policing Research, and he is a 2014 inductee of the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame at George Mason University’s Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy. He has published works in The Police Chief magazine, Translational Criminology, and in the National Academy Associate magazine. He has also been a conference speaker for the IACP, the Southern Police Institute, and the Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy.

Hegarty earned his MBA from Benedictine College where received the Lawrence E. Hart Eagle Award for Academic Excellence. He has a BA from Washburn University and held a European Management Residency in Entrepreneurship and Business, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and was honored with the FBI National Academy Associates Excellence in Writing Award.

Hegarty is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy Associates, the Kansas Peace Officers Association, and the Police Society for Problem Based Learning.


Sheriff Bob Gualtieri

Bob Gualtieri has been the Pinellas County Sheriff since November 2011. Sheriff Gualtieri began his career with the Sheriff’s Office over 30 years ago and has served in many different capacities, including the agency’s General Counsel and the Chief Deputy (second in command).

Sheriff Gualtieri began his law enforcement in 1982 when he joined the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office as a detention deputy working in the County Jail. He then worked for the Dunedin Police Department as a police officer before returning to the Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy. During his career, Sheriff Gualtieri also served in the Investigative Operations and Narcotics Bureaus where he conducted complex international drug trafficking and money laundering investigations for 8 years while serving on federal taskforces. In 1991 he was named Pinellas County Deputy Sheriff of the Year for his efforts in dismantling major drug trafficking organizations through the use of electronic surveillance.

Sheriff Gualtieri earned a Bachelor’s degree with high honors from Eckerd College. In 1998 he left the Sheriff’s Office to attend Stetson University College of Law, from which he graduated cum laude. After graduating from law school Sheriff Gualtieri entered private law practice with a firm in Tampa where he represented employers in labor and employment law litigation.

Sheriff Gualtieri returned to the Sheriff’s Office in 2006, serving as General Counsel and Chief Deputy until becoming Sheriff in 2011. During the economic downturn between 2009 and 2013 Sheriff Gualtieri oversaw a reduction in the Sheriff’s Office budget of $108 million and the elimination of over 600 positions. During that same period the Sheriff’s Office reduced crime in its service area by over 20%.

Chief David L. Perry

Florida State University’s Chief of Police, David L. Perry, has worked in law enforcement since 1993. He began his career as a police officer for the Albany Police Department in Albany, Georgia where he quickly rose to the rank of investigator then transferred to the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit.

At age 26, he was appointed Chief of Police at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. From 2003 to 2006 Perry served as the Deputy Chief of Police for Clemson University. In 2006, David accepted the position as Chief of Police for Florida State University (FSU).

As FSU’s Assistant Vice President for Safety and Chief of Police, his responsibilities include overseeing safety, police and security services on campuses in Panama City Florida, Sarasota Florida and the Florida State University School (K-12) in addition to his main campus responsibilities. The FSU Police Department currently has 67 sworn officers and a number of security and administrative personnel at each location. His responsibilities also include overseeing access control and CCTV systems, transportation–parking enforcement and emergency management.

In addition to serving as the immediate past President for the North Florida Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, David is a dedicated board member for the Florida Police Chiefs Association where he serves as the 3rd vice president, the Red Cross of the Big Bend and is the immediate past president for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators representing colleges and universities around the world.

David is a graduate of Albany State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice (1993). He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Albany State University (2002) and is currently enrolled in the PhD program for Educational Leadership at Florida State University. He has also completed the basic police recruit training academies in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

He is currently an active member of Rhema Word Cathedral Ministries in Albany Ga. His hobbies include traveling, reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends. David is married to Tanya Perry. They are the proud parents of 3 children.

Chief Ken Corney

Police Chief Ken Corney joined the Ventura Police Department in 1986. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1995, Commander in January 2000, Assistant Chief in December of 2003, and appointed as Police Chief in December of 2009.

During his career, Chief Corney served as a Patrol Officer, Field-Training Officer, Gang Investigator, Crisis Team Negotiator, SWAT Operator, Team Leader and Commander. Chief Corney was also the supervisor of the Special Enforcement Team and Gang Violence Suppression Unit (SET/GVS).

During his tenure as Special Enforcement Team Supervisor, Chief Corney led the team that obtained nearly five million dollars in state and federal grants to support innovative department programs, including the Drug Suppression in schools, Gang Violence Suppression, and Youth At-Risk Programs. Chief Corney also spent more than 20 years actively developing and leading the department’s Arrest Control and Use of Force program efforts.

Chief Corney holds a California POST Executive Certificate and has a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Azusa Pacific University and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations/Journalism from California State University, Long Beach. He is also a graduate of California’s POST Command College and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Policing. In addition to serving as an Executive Fellow with the Police Foundation, Chief Corney currently serves as First Vice President of the California Police Chiefs Association, and he is a frequent participant in the Police Executive Research Forum’s focus groups on critical issues in policing.

Chief Thomas Engells

Thomas Engells has served as the Chief of Police at The University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department, an agency of more than 50 sworn law enforcement officers, since August 2010. Previously, he served as the Assistant Chief of Police/Chief of Staff  at The University of Texas at Houston Police Department. He served at The University of Texas at Houston from 1983-2010. Chief Engells is an honors graduate of The University of Texas (BA) and was subsequently awarded a Masters of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Sam Houston State University and a Masters of Arts Degree in Homeland Defense and Security from The United States Naval Postgraduate School. Chief Engells is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), the Texas Leadership and Command College, the Certified Public Managers Program and the Command and Staff College of the United States Marine Corps. He is active in local and regional police chiefs associations and participates in the development of security standards for the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS). He has been an assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 1993 and a CALEA Team Leader since 1999. Chief Engells served in the United States Marine Corps as a company and field grade officer. His honors and awards include being selected as the inaugural recipient of The University of Texas System Police Pace Setter Award, 2012; The University of Texas Police Chief of the Year, 2011 and 2014; The Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators –  Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year in 2006, and he served as the Chair, Clinical Ethics Committee of the MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Chief Engells has been certified as a law enforcement planner by the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP) and has authored numerous articles and publications on topics including police leadership, ethics, and management, municipal-campus law enforcement partnerships, and issues of homeland security.

Chief Debora (“Debby”) Black

Chief Debora (Debby) Black  is currently the Chief of Police for the City of Prescott, Arizona. Prior to her appointment as chief in July 2016, Chief Black was the Chief of Police for the City of Glendale, Arizona. She joined the Glendale Police Department in December of 2006 in the role of Assistant Chief. In that role, she led the Patrol and Support Bureaus, which included overseeing Neighborhood Patrol Services, Training, Personnel Management, Professional Standards, Public Information, Technical Services, and Criminal Investigations. She was promoted to Executive Assistant Police Chief in 2009, served as Interim Police Chief beginning in March of 2012 and was named Police Chief in May of 2013.

Under Chief Black’s leadership, the Glendale Police Department was committed to serving victims, recognized by the IACP’s Excellence in Victim Services Award in 2014. The Glendale Police Department was also routinely in the national spotlight as host of major national sporting events, including the Fiesta Bowl, Super Bowl XLII, Super Bowl XLIX, and the 2015 Pro Bowl, as well as the upcoming 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship game.

Prior to joining the Glendale Police Department, Chief Black worked for the Phoenix Police Department. She began her career in 1980 as a patrol officer and worked her way through the ranks ultimately being promoted to Assistant Police Chief in 2000. During her career, Chief Black was awarded the Medal of Valor, three Medals of Lifesaving and two Police Chief’s Unit Awards.

Chief Black is the President of the West Valley Chiefs Association, President of the Board of Directors for the New Life Center, a shelter and service provider for victims of domestic violence, and serves on the EMPACT- Suicide Prevention Center Board of Directors. She also chaired the Governance Sub Committee with the City of Glendale Diversity Committee and in 2008, was recognized by the YWCA Tribute to Women as the Public Service Leader of the Year.

Chief Black earned a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University. She attended the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government and has earned a Certificate in Legal Studies at Phoenix College. Chief Black is married and has a daughter.

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