Command and Staff Program

Under Sheriff Tyler Thomas, Eureka County Sheriff’s Office, Eureka, NV       tthomas@eurekacountynv.gov ~ 775-374-1539

I started my Law Enforcement career in Northeastern Nevada for Carlin Police Department. I worked there for seven years before being hired for Eureka County Sheriff’s Office. While serving as an area Sergeant I enjoyed being a lead Training Officer and creating great Deputies. Our department had a vacancy at the Undersheriff position. After considerable amount of thought I decided to accept the promotion from my Sheriff, Jesse Watts. Since being promoted I have learned I’m a natural “team builder” and within our Organization, the Undersheriff position is the best spot for that.

Sgt. Joey Brown, Orange Beach PD, jbrown@orangebeachal.gov ~ 251-978-9098

I  have been in law enforcement for the past 25 years. I have spent the past 16 years of my career with the Orange Beach Police Department. I have worked in several capacities in different divisions assigned duties to include: Patrol Officer, Marine Officer, Traffic Homicide Investigator, Background Investigator, Internal Affairs and Polygraph Examiner. I am currently a Sergeant in our Support Services Division working as the training coordinator.
I am the current President of the Alabama Association of Polygraph Examiners. I received my Master’s Degree from Columbia Southern University in Criminal Justice Administration in 2010. In 2016, I received the Scott Ward, Baldwin County Officer of the Year, along with the Alabama highest law enforcement award, the Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor in 2016.

Lt. Keven Lonsdale, Orange Beach PD, klonsdale@orangebeachal.gov ~ 251-597-2112 

I started my career with the Montgomery Police Department in Montgomery, Alabama in June of 1987. During my 25 year career with the Montgomery Police Department, I had experience as a full time narcotics investigator and later as a member and assistant commander of a full time SWAT team. However the vast majority of my experience with the Montgomery Police Department, over 20 years, was in every aspect of patrol from officer to lieutenant. Upon my retirement from the Montgomery Police Department, I joined the Orange Beach as a police officer and with the exception of a short time working narcotics I have remained in patrol and currently I hold the rank of lieutenant and am currently the patrol division commander.

Captain Johnathan Clifton, Opelika Police Department, jclifton@opelika-al.gov ~ 334-705-5220

Captain Johnathan “Cliff” Clifton is entering his 22nd year in law enforcement and is currently serving as the Criminal Investigation Division Commander for the Opelika Police Department. During his time with the Opelika Police Department, he has had the opportunity to serve in the Patrol Division, K-9 Unit, Internal Affairs and Criminal Investigations Division. In addition to his primary duties, Captain Clifton also serves as the department’s polygraph examiner and the Crisis Negotiator Team Supervisor. Captain Clifton is a veteran that served in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard for ten years. During his time in the military, Captain Clifton had several deployments leading soldiers as a Military Police commissioned officer. He has been awarded numerous awards through the military and the Opelika Police Department for his dedication to service. Captain Clifton received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in Criminal Justice with a minor in History. He has attended several leadership classes throughout his military and police career. Outside of work, he enjoys his time with his wife of nineteen years and his twin teenage sons.

Lt. Lawrence (Larry) Dearing, Foley PD, ldearing@foleypolice.org ~ 251-424-8033

I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. As a child, my parents were missionaries and I lived in Guatemala, Central America. I enlisted the Army Reserve in 1987 at the age of 17 with an MOS in Communications. I graduated from Sylvan Hills High School in Sherwood, Arkansas in 1988 and in 1990 I attended college at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. In 1995 I enlisted in the Arkansas Army National Guard with a Communications Unit where I remained until my EOS in 2006. I worked in my family’s construction equipment business from my teenage years until my father sold the business in 2000. I moved to Northwest Arkansas where I worked as the Service Manager of a Caterpillar construction equipment dealer until I joined the Fayetteville, Arkansas Police Department in 2002. In 2008 I moved to Foley, Alabama after accepting employment with the Foley Police Department. During my career with Foley, I began in patrol and then moved to Narcotics in 2009. I worked Narcotics attached to the Baldwin County Drug Task Force until 2011 when I joined the Foley Police K9 Unit. In 2012 I became the Police Department’s Juvenile Detective and Evidence Custodian. In 2013 I promoted to the rank Corporal and transferred to the Patrol Division where I assumed an acting Sergeant role for a shift Sergeant who was on military deployment. In 2015 I transferred back to Narcotics and joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force in Mobile, Alabama. I promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2017 and transferred back to the Patrol Division as a shift Sergeant, maintaining my duties and my security clearance with the FBI. In 2018 I began a local Narcotics Unit in the Foley Police Department, rotating and training Patrol Officers in interdiction, street drugs, undercover operations and task force and gang initiatives. In 2020 I transferred back to the Criminal Investigations Division as the Sergeant and later in September, 2020 I promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, assuming command of the Foley Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. I am married to my wife, Tamaira, a paralegal for a local Attorney, and together we have two daughters: Elizabeth, 26, who lives in Daphne, Alabama and works for the FBI in the Mobile Field Office, and Ava, 24, who lives in Denver, Colorado and works in real estate. I am extremely proud of my family and of my careers in service, both military and Law Enforcement.

Lt. Glenn Hartenstein, Foley PD, ghartenstein@foleypolice.org ~ 251-424-0529

Lieutenant Glenn Hartenstein was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. As the oldest of 5 children, he was taught responsibility and work ethic at a very young age. He attended Brother Martin High School where the focus on accountability, hard work and excellence in all endeavors, truly solidified the person he would become. Immediately upon graduating in 1987 with honors, he enlisted in the Air Force Reserves and began attending Delgado Community College in New Orleans. He received an Associate Degree in Business Administration in 1994.

Glenn met his wife in college when he was only 20, was married within a year and began a family almost immediately. In 1994, Glenn moved to Denver, Colorado to seek more opportunities to provide for his growing family. Glenn worked in retail management for several years before realizing his passion for law enforcement could not be quelled. He accepted a job as a Corrections Officer for the Denver Sheriff Department in 1997 but was not truly fulfilled until he got hired by the Boulder Police Department in 1999 and was able to be part of the law enforcement community that was truly his calling. Glenn quickly excelled in his new position and received numerous awards and commendations. One of his most notable achievements was receiving the Award Of Excellence from the Boulder Police Department for obtaining the most DUI arrests in one year; Glenn’s record of 555 still stands today. During his time in the Boulder Police Department, he also completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Colorado State University in 2005. While moving to Colorado proved to be an excellent career move, his growing family which now included 4 children, longed to be closer to home and family, prompting a move to Alabama in 2007.

Glenn was hired by the Foley Police Department in 2007 and quickly realized that he was home. The comradery of the department, opportunity for advancement and the commitment to excellence were exactly what he was looking for. In 2008, Glenn was promoted to Detective where his skills proved invaluable and received numerous awards, including Officer of the Year in 2013. In 2015, he was appointed to the Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit where he still serves today as a Deputy Commander. While working in the Detective Unit, Glenn was promoted to Corporal 2012 and Sergeant in 2017. Glenn served as Acting Lieutenant in the Criminal Investigations Unit from July, 2019 to September of 2019 and in early 2020, Glenn was promoted to Lieutenant of the Community Safety Division, a position he holds today as one of the Command Staff Officers of the Foley Police Department.

Lt. Trent Johnson, Orange Beach PD, djohnson@orangebeachal.gov ~ 251-597-3585 

My name is Trent Johnson. I am a husband and father of four (two daughters ages nineteen and seventeen, and two boys, ages five and two and a half). I have been in law enforcement for nineteen years. The first nine years in a corrections setting, moving to a sworn position in 2011. I began investigations work in 2014, attaining the rank of Lieutenant in 2020. As I have progressed in my career I have found, that although I enjoy all aspects of law enforcement, I truly embrace the leadership and administrative aspects, as those are the levels where you can begin to facilitate organizational change.

Master Sergeant David Cupit, Mississippi Deptartment of Public Safety, dcupit@dps.ms.gov ~ (601) 446-3538

Master Sergeant David Cupit began his law enforcement career in 1989, as a Police Officer in Natchez, Ms. He attended the Mississippi Highway Patrol School and became a State Trooper in 2000. He was a Explosive detection K9 handler for 6 years,along with being a S.F.S.T Instructor. He promoted to Master Sergeant in 2015 and has been a first line Supervisor since then.He completed the F.B.I. Leeda Trilogy course in 2019.  

Deputy Chief of Police Kevin Carnley, Foley PD, kcarnley@foleypolice.org ~ 251-424-8161

Deputy Chief Kevin A. Carnley was born in Fairhope, Alabama in 1975. He attended Baldwin County Public School in Fairhope and graduated from Fairhope High School in 1995. He began public service in 1997 as a volunteer firefighter with the Fairhope Volunteer Fire Department. In July 1999, he started his career in Law Enforcement as a Communication Officer for the City of Foley Police Department. The following year he was promoted to Patrolman and attended the South West Alabama Police Academy.

As a patrolman, he served in various capacities, such as a Narcotics Enforcement Team member, Field Training Officer, and Canine Handler. As a Canine Handler, he conducted 25 successful tracks and had over 100 canine-related arrests. He earned an Exceptional Service Award for his job performance.

He was promoted to corporal in 2007 and served as a first-line patrol supervisor and supervisor of the Canine Unit until being assigned to the Professional Development Unit in 2009. While assigned to the Professional Development Unit, he researched, developed, instructed, scheduled, and tracked training of all police department employees. He was awarded the Exceptional Service Award for his performance as it directly contributed to the professionalism of the department’s ninety-plus employees.

In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division. He was again awarded an Exceptional Service Award for the exceptional manner he performed as a Patrol Sergeant.

In 2017 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and was assigned to Patrol Division Commander. As Lieutenant of Patrol, he is responsible for managing the purchase and maintenance of the department’s fleet within the budget and the city’s purchasing procedure. He was again awarded an Exceptional Service Award for exceptional Leadership as the Patrol Commander.

In 2020, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief, Chief of Staff, and currently oversees the department’s four-division (Patrol, Criminal Investigation, Community Safety, Admin/Corrections) and the annual budget.

Chief Carnley has attended numerous specialized schools related to his various assignments and career to include Field Training Officer, FBI Certified Instructor, K9 Handler, K9 Unit Management Course, Less Lethal Instructor, Taser Instructor, Reality Based Training Instructor, National Incident Management System (NIMS), Southeastern Leadership Executive Development (SLEDS), and also attended numerous hours in multiple leadership training classes. Over the last 22 years, Chief Carnley has received nearly 2000 hours in various police-related training.

Chief Carnley has been recognized throughout his career for his work and dedication to the Foley Police Department. He was named Officer of the Year in 2008. He has been awarded the K9 Ribbon, Law Enforcement Instructor Ribbon, Pistol Expert Ribbon, and the Major Felony Arrest Award.

Throughout his years with the police department, he has been involved in the research and implementation of new technologies such as in-car camera systems, less-lethal options, body cameras, and radio systems. He has also been involved in the writing of various department policies and procedures.

Chief Carnley currently serves as the Chairman of the Local Emergency Preparedness Committee (LEPC) for Baldwin County.

Chief Carnley and his wife Chrissy have been married for 14 years and have a 5-year-old son. They live in the Barnwell Community and attend St. Margret of Scotland Catholic Church in Foley.

Sgt.  Andrew Ashton, Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, aashton@baldwincountyal.gov ~ 251-752-0084

Ok, quick and easy Bio. My name is Andy and I am originally from Santa Cruz California. I entered the Navy when I was 19 and spent 10 very productive years serving in the first Gulf War and subsequent peace keeping actions there after. After getting out of the Military I became an Offshore Commercial Diver in the Gulf of Mexico. Did a lot of underwater welding and basically underwater construction of oil and gas platforms. Spent about 7 years doing that and then became a Deputy Sheriff with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama. I have been here for approximately 15 years and am currently the Sgt. over the Violent Crimes Division of the Investigative command at my agency. I am married to my wonderful wife Brandie and have a 12 year old son named Drake. I have never been to a formal College so the whole APA form of writing may be a little challenging for me in the beginning so please bear with me.

Sgt. Curtis Summerlin, Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, csummerlin@baldwincountyal.gov ~ 251-213-5578

I am a 25 veteran of law enforcement starting my career with the Mobile Police Department serving 5 years in the patrol division working as a Field Training Officer and as a trainee with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. I started with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office in 2001 in the Uniform Service Command. During my time, I have worked as a uniform deputy in patrol and as a narcotics investigator. I have worked as a Field Training Officer and supervisor of the Field Training program. I returned to Narcotics as a supervisor for several years. I served for 12 years on the department SWAT team starting as a deputy on the entry team then moving to the position of sniper/observer before returning to entry as team leader, ending as sniper/observer team leader. I currently serve as a Sergeant in the Uniform Service Command as a patrol shift supervisor.

Sgt. Jerrod Sheffield, Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, jasheffield@baldwincountyal.gov ~ 251-454-0974

I graduated from Troy State University in 2005 where I received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. I was hired by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office on July 12, 2005 and was assigned to the Uniform Services Command upon completing an 8-week field training program. Through my 16-year career with the Sheriff’s Office, I have had the opportunity to serve in several capacities to include the Special Operations Unit, Uniform Services Command, Field Training Officer and a S.W.A.T. team operator.

I am currently assigned to the Uniform Services Command where I hold the rank of Sergeant and supervise a patrol squad consisting of up to 12 deputies. I also serve as one of the Field Training Managers for the Sheriff’s Office and oversee new hires that come into our agency and enter the field training program.

Through my career I have been the recipient of several awards and hold many training certifications, some of which are instructor-based certificates. I have been the recipient of the Employee of the Quarter award 3 times, was nominated for the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award in 2014 and received the Sheriff’s Office Meritorious Award, also in 2014. I received the Sheriff’s Office Valor award in 2018 and most recently was chosen as the Patrol Deputy of the Year for 2020. I have attended two of the FBI-LEEDA courses and plan to complete the trilogy as soon as practical.

The Sheriff’s Office has blessed me with the opportunity for growth and I feel that through this course, I can obtain additional information to aide me in being a mentor and guide for others to follow while also displaying the best qualities of leadership.

Sheriff James Clarke, Jr., Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office, VA, jclarke@iwus.net ~ 757-449-4857 

Sheriff Clarke has been in law enforcement since April 1998. His career began with the Smithfield Police Department where he rose to the rank of Patrol Lieutenant.
On January 1, 2012, He began employment with Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office as the Chief Deputy. On March 1, 2018, he was appointed the first African American Sheriff of Isle of Wight County. Subsequently elected on July 24, 2018 in a Special Election and General Election on November 5, 2019.
Sheriff Clarke has an Associate Degree in Police Science from Paul D. Camp Community College and enrolled at St Leo University pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (256th Session), Professional Executive Leadership School (41st Session), University of Richmond and Leadership in Changing Times, Virginia Tech.
Sheriff Clarke served honorably in the United States Marine Corps Reserves for 24 years. He’s a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and retired at the rank of First Sergeant.
Sheriff Clarke is active in community organizations and his church where he serves as an Associate Minister.
He and his wife Jacqueline are lifelong residents of Isle of Wight County, VA. They have three daughters and ten grandchildren.

 

 

Lieutenant Magda Fernandez, San Diego Harbor Police, mfernand@portofsandiego.org, ~ (619) 961-0248

Magda Fernandez is a Lieutenant for the Port of San Diego Harbor Police (HPD) in San Diego, California. She is currently assigned as the Watch Commander for day shift patrol activities. She oversees daily patrol operations and supervises the Bay Control Unit who regulate all vessel activities, moorings and anchorages around San Diego Bay. Magda also manages all Harbor Police law enforcement operations at the San Diego International Airport. As part of her airport responsibilities, she oversees the HPD Explosive Detection Canine Unit which consists of five TSA Certified teams.

Magda assisted in the development and the implementation of the department’s Peer Support Team. She currently manages a team of 12 Peer Supporters and two Chaplains.
During her time with HPD, she was assigned as a detective to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). She later promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to patrol where she helped in the development of the vessel collision investigations team. Magda served as the Sergeant and later supervisory Lieutenant responsible for the HPD Investigations and Intelligence Unit.

Magda is a retired veteran of the United States Coast Guard. After 20 years of service, she completed her last tour of duty in San Diego while assigned to the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) as a Special Agent. While in the Coast Guard, Magda specialized in the investigation of Marine Casualties, Crimes against the marine environment, and worked closely with the Mexican Navy in the development of an international treaty to protect the marine environment in the event of an oil spill.
Magda is a graduate of the Colorado Technical Institute, having achieved a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Magda has continued her professional education throughout her career and is a graduate from the Sherman Block Leadership Institute (SLI).
Outside of work, Magda’s time is spent with her family; her nineteen-year son and her fifteen-year-old twins. Magda is a dog lover and she takes advantage of the weather in San Diego by being active outdoors.

Sergeant Matthew Wieland, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, matt.wieland@co.washington.mn.us ~ 651-210-5380

I have been a member of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office since 1996 when the office started it’s first Police Explorer Post. I then served as a Reserve Deputy, part time Water Patrol deputy, and in 2001 was hired full time as a deputy on patrol. I was a K-9 handler for 5 years, then was promoted to Sergeant in 2010. I worked as a patrol shift supervisor, administrative sergeant in patrol, and my current assignment is managing our Civil Unit and Fleet Division. In my off time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 3 boys at our cabin, and also enjoy working on cars.

 

Adam Kronstedt was born and raised in central Minnesota, and largely involved in outdoor recreation. Married with 5 Kids, age range from an almost 6 year-old to 22.

Started with The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office as an intern with our Water Patrol in 2004, and was hired as a full-time deputy in March of 2005. Worked a variety of patrol shifts and assignments for 9 years. Was promoted to Sgt in 2013, overseeing our recreation division, and on to supervision of our courts and transports division. My current position is Operations Lieutenant.
A member of our Tactical Response Team for 14 years, seven as Team Leader, and currently in the co-commander position.

Sabbath school discussion leader, youth group leader, and member of our local volunteer ski patrol.

Sgt. Rodney Kirchharr, Orange Beach PD, rkirchharr@orangebeachal.gov ~ 251-597-0957

My name is Rodney Kirchharr, my wife and I have 3 teenage daughters, so doing things with them are my hobbies, I also like to hunt when time allows. . I have been an Officer for about 16 years and now serve as the Narcotics Sergeant for my agency. I supervisor 3 officers in my unit and assist at times with CID.

Lt. John Hamrick, City of Fairhope PD, john.hamrick@fairhopeal.gov ~ 251-300-7629

I am 49 years old and have been an officer for 25 years. I have had many different assignments over the years, all of which have been in the patrol division. I am currently proudly serving as the lieutenant over patrol and consider it to be my greatest honor thus far. I served as a K9 handler for 15 years and enjoyed every minute of that position. I am an avid outdoorsman and like to hunt and fish with my family. I am a member of Bay Life church where I serve in several capacities, one of which is children’s Sunday school teacher.