Command and Staff Program

By Readiness Network, Inc.

Lt. Christopher Kozub, Cuyahoga County Sheriff, OH ~ [email protected] ~ 440-897-6649

Christopher Kozub is a lieutenant with Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s department which is located in Northern Ohio. He has been with the Sheriff’s Department since 2007 where he was assigned to the courts division, transport unit, and community policing impact unit. In 2014 he was promoted to Sergeant where he was assigned to the Sheriffs Field operations unit and Impact Unit. In 2019 he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to the narcotics and evidence units.
Lieutenant Kozub currently supervises the Sheriffs Special Operations unit which is comprised of the narcotics unit, warrant unit, K-9 unit and Deputies assigned to Task forces. Along with these assignments he has ancillary duties over seeing a multitude of grant fund operations including marine patrols, and highway traffic safety initiatives. He is also the Liaison for the department for any Special events coordination.

Lieutenant Kozub holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice management from Union Institute and University, and an Associate’s of technical studies from Cuyahoga County Community College.

Sgt. Joseph “Joey” Stabler, Baldwin County Sheriff, AL ~ [email protected] ~ 251-654-4532

Joseph “Joey” Stabler currently serves as a Sergeant within the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Services Command overseeing a Patrol Squad. He began his career with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office in June 2013. He attended the Alabama P.O.S.T.C Basic Police Academy in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Uniform Services Command Patrol Division. He has spent his career within the Uniform Services Command serving as a member of the Special Operations Unit working criminal interdiction along two main drug corridors and as a Patrol Deputy. He achieved the rank of Corporal in January 2019 and Sergeant in February 2023. He also serves as a member of the Crisis and Hostage Negotiations Team.

Sergeant Stabler graduated from the University of South Alabama in December 2015, successfully obtaining a bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He received the Trilogy Award through the FBI-LEEDA Program in February 2022. He strives to grow within his law enforcement career and maintain the elite standard of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.

Sergeant Stabler is a devoted family man, being married to his wife, Paige, for over 5 years. They have two daughters and twin boys that keep them chaotically sane. Off time is spent taking them to and from dance, school, and other events held throughout the community. He was raised in a law enforcement family, which ignited his passion and interest for the profession.

Lt. Michael Kathmen, Horry County PD, SC ~ [email protected] ~ 843-504-5241

Lieutenant Michael “Mick” Kathman began his law enforcement career with the Horry County, SC Police Department in 2004. He achieved the highest cumulative academic score for his class while at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, earning the J.P. Strom Award upon graduation.

Lieutenant Kathman was initially assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division as a Patrol Officer and was later promoted to the rank of Corporal. In 2010, he transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division as a Detective. Kathman was promoted to Sergeant in 2016 and returned to patrol before transferring to the Training Unit. He later served as the Sergeant of the Homicide Unit prior to his promotion to Lieutenant in 2019. As a lieutenant in the Support Services Division, Kathman has had leadership roles in the following units: Training, Victim Services, Accreditation, and Logistics. He is currently assigned to the Training Unit.

Kathman previously acted as the department’s Court Liaison and is currently the Policy Review Committee chairman, a member of the Horry County Grievance Committee, Project Lifesaver Coordinator, and Designated Infection Control Officer. He is a South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy certified instructor, Taser instructor, and Project Lifesaver Electronic Search Specialist instructor.

Lieutenant Kathman earned his undergraduate degree from Liberty University.

Lt. Thomas Shay, Horry County PD, SC ~ [email protected] ~ 843-504-0653

Lt. Thomas Shay grew up in Malvern, PA before moving to South Carolina to attend Clemson University. While at Clemson he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.
He began his career in law enforcement in 2010 where he worked as a deputy for the Horry County Sheriff’s Office at their detention facility. In 2012, he was hired by the Horry Country Police Department and began his career as a police officer.
During his time as an officer, he worked patrol and spent time on the Street Crimes Unit. He was then promoted to Corporal, followed by Sergeant, where his time was dedicated to supervising patrol shifts. Once promoted to Lieutenant, he has split his time between the Support Services Division and acting as a Deputy Commander over a precinct in the Uniform Patrol Division. He is currently in the Support Services Division where he supervises evidence, records and acts as the court liaison. Lt. Shay has a secondary duty at the Police Department where he serves as a team leader for the sniper unit on the SWAT team.

Director of Campus Safety & Security/The Frances Xavier Warde School (Chicago, IL); Commander/Wonder Lake Police Department (IL) ~ [email protected] ~ 847-361-3667

Thomas E. Ferraro was born and raised in Niles, Illinois, located on the north border of the City of Chicago in Cook County. Tom attended Notre Dame High School for Boys in Niles and then Loyola University of Chicago, majoring in Criminal Justice.

He started his law enforcement career as a Police Dispatcher and Reserve Police Officer with the Niles Police Department. Mr. Ferraro initially worked as a 911 Operator/Police – Fire Dispatcher, in addition to being a part-time police officer for several towns in northern Illinois.

After attending the police academy at Milwaukee Area Technical College, Tom was hired as a full-time police officer with the Park City Police Department in Lake County, Illinois, eventually being promoted to Detective. While working for Park City, Tom held a seasonal position as a Deputy Sheriff on the Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Unit, patrolling both the Chain O’ Lakes and Lake Michigan.

Tom left the Park City Police Department to become an Investigator with the Illinois Secretary of State Police, the state’s oldest uniformed law enforcement agency. He was promoted to Investigator Sergeant after two years in the Operations Division, and spent the majority of his time with the SOS Police as supervisor of the Identity Crimes and Special Investigations Unit. Tom was a consulting member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force.

In 2017, Mr. Ferraro left the Illinois Secretary of State Police to become the Director of Campus Safety and Security at The Frances Xavier Warde School (FXW) in downtown Chicago. At FXW, Tom oversees an armed staff of 35 off-duty and retired law enforcement officers, as well as five civilian employees in a lively, urban environment.

Also in 2017, Tom took a position as a Detective with the Wonder Lake Police Department in McHenry County, Illinois. In 2019, Tom was promoted to commander of the Criminal Investigations Division. In November of 2022, Tom became commander of the new Office of Professional Responsibility, which encompasses internal affairs, background investigations, use of force incidents, department policy and procedure, and other special investigations designated by the Chief of Police.

Mr. Ferraro is the Board President of the Niles Historical Society and Museum. In 2012, Tom authored the book, Niles: The Early Years (1832-1955) through Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America Series.

Tom is an alumnus member of Alpha Sigma Phi national fraternity, Delta Alpha Chapter and a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association. He lives in Palatine, Illinois with his wife, Julieann, a 26-year police officer and real estate investor, and their 20-year-old daughter Samantha, an aspiring pastry chef and culinary student.

Patrol Sgt. Justin Haynes, Glendale PD, CO ~ [email protected] ~ 303-639-4325

I grew up in South Florida and joined the United States Marine Corps when I was 20 years old. I spent approximately 8 years in the Marines and another 8 years as a civil servant for the Federal Government. I have been in Law Enforcement for approximately 10 years and am currently serving as a Patrol Sgt. in Glendale Colorado. I am a single dad with two children grown and out of the house with two more living at home with me. I am pursing a MS degree in organizational leadership and hope be done at the first of the year. I enjoy very typical things that a Coloradan enjoys, camping, hiking, etc. I am excited about this course and the possibilities it may hold for me with my department. I look forward to meeting everyone, collaborating, and of course learning from this course.

Lt. Ben Jones, Opelika PF, AL ~ [email protected] ~ 334-705-5220

Lieutenant Ben Jones started his Law Enforcement career with the Opelika Police Department in 2007. The Opelika Police Department is located within the east central region of Alabama, near the Georgia state line. Throughout his career, Lieutenant Jones has held several positions within the Police Department. Lieutenant Jones was promoted to the rank of Detective in 2011 before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2015. During his time as a General Detective, he was assigned to investigate various offenses such as: property crimes, crimes of violence and fraud. After being promoted in 2015, Lieutenant Jones was transferred back to the Patrol Division where he supervised Officers on a patrol shift. In 2019, Lieutenant Jones transitioned back to the Detective Division and held the position of Detective Sergeant until he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2021. Since 2021, Lieutenant Jones has been working within the Patrol Division as a Patrol Lieutenant.

Prior to joining the Opelika Police Department, Lieutenant Jones served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 2000-2007. During his time within the Marine Corps, Lieutenant Jones was able to obtain his undergraduate degree from Auburn University Montgomery in Criminal Justice and Public Safety. Lieutenant Jones has been happily married for 10 years to his wife Caroline and has three children.

Sgt. Charles Varnado, Fairhope PD, AL – [email protected] ~ 251-928-2385

Hello, my name is Sergeant Charles Varnado and I have had a career in service to others that spans over 25 years, beginning with my military service and continuing with my current career in law enforcement spanning the last 20 years. I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. After graduating McGill-Toolen high school I joined the Alabama Army National Guard 1st of the 20th Group Company B Airborne, Special Forces in the capacity of a communications specialist. I was a military paratrooper, parachute qualified jumping fixed wing and rotary aircraft. While serving in the Army National Guard I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of South Alabama, majoring in English with a minor in political science. I completed my military service after 6 years and was honorably discharged.

In August 2003 I began my career in law enforcement with the Montgomery Police Department in Montgomery, Alabama. I completed the Montgomery Police Academy at the top of my class, received a Commendation medal in 2006, and served the department for 4 years with distinction.

In July 2007 I was hired with the City of Fairhope Police Department. While at Fairhope I have served as an FTO (field training officer) directly training many officers. I assisted in developing the first SWAT team at the Fairhope Police Department. I researched, developed and co-authored the Domestic Violence policy and procedures for the Fairhope Police Department as well as providing the policy and procedures training to the department. I am a certified de-escalation instructor, ALICE instructor, and CPR instructor and completed the FBI Instructor Development course. I was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2015 while serving in the patrol division. I have served with the Baldwin County MCU (major crimes unit) investigating officer involved shootings. I have completed the TEEX/FEMA Enhanced All-Hazards Incident Management Unified Command course MGT 314 as well as completing several FEMA courses in Incident Management.

In March 2022 I was promoted to Sergeant over Fairhope’s Criminal Investigations Division and have led my group of investigators for a little over a year. Since becoming the Sergeant over CID, I have been responsible for having Fairhope’s CID personnel certified through JSU 80-hour certification course for investigators.

In October 2007 I married my college sweetheart, Angela. My wife and I are members of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. I am a member of The Men of St. Joseph. In 2018 we became certified Foster Parents through Alabama Baptist Children’s Home and have opened our home to several foster children.

Lt. Jessica Daley, Lee County Sheriff, AL ~ [email protected] ~ 904-505-3021

Lieutenant Jessica Daley began her law enforcement career with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 2003. Lieutenant Daley is currently the Training Coordinator for the Sheriff’s Office. Lieutenant Daley has spent most of her career in the patrol division. In 2015 she completed 15 months of career development in the Investigations Division where they solved 10 murders which is the most the Agency had ever seen. Lieutenant Daley was case agent on a capital murder case and successfully obtained full confessions from two offenders which led to their convictions.

Lieutenant Daley is a Senior Master Instructor for Axon Taser Training and has been teaching Taser courses since 2006. Lieutenant Daley was the first female Senior Master Instructor and first female member of Axon’s Training Advisory Board. Lieutenant Daley has conducted Taser training courses all over the country and assisted with numerous Master Instructor Schools to include but not limited to the first Civilian Master Instructor course.

Lieutenant Daley has been a certified instructor in R.A.D. Systems women’s self-defense since 2007. Lieutenant Daley is certified in Basic Physical Defense (2007), Advanced Self Defense (2014), Keychain Defense and Replicating Adverse Dynamics. Lieutenant Daley became an instructor trainer in 2022. Lieutenant Daley teaches these courses for the community and assists Auburn University with their courses for credit. Lieutenant Daley is the Alabama State Director with RAD-Systems.

Lieutenant Daley is also a Certified NRA Firearms Instructor (2017), ASP Instructor (2021) and Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (2022).

Prior to her law enforcement career, Lieutenant Daley obtained her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Flagler College in 2003. Lieutenant Daley was also the recipient of a basketball scholarship while at Flagler College. Lieutenant Daley also received her associate degree from Santa Fe Community College in 2001 while on a full basketball scholarship.

Lieutenant Daley married her wife Leighanne in 2015. They have three children, Sloan (7) and Millie and Lexie (2). They love taking family trips and making memories together.

Sgt. Mitch Allen, Lee County Sheriff, AL ~ [email protected] ~ 334-704-3914

Mitchell Allen began his Law Enforcement career in May of 2005 with the City of Opelika, AL Police Department. In September of 2005 Mitchell graduated from The Northeast Law Enforcement Academy in Anniston, AL. While at the City of Opelika Police Department Mitchell was certified as a Law Enforcement Bicycle Officer through the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association (LEBA) in June of 2006. With the Law Enforcement Bicycle Certification, Mitchell was attached to a Community Oriented Policing unit that worked with at risk citizens within the community. In 2008, Mitchell became a member of the Lee County Metro Swat team (comprised of Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Opelika Police Department, Auburn Police Department, and East Alabama Medical Services). He obtained a Swat Operator Certification in October of 2009 and became a Less Lethal instructor on impact munitions, aerosol spray, Distraction Devices, and launchable munitions in November of 2009. Mitchell graduated from Traffic Homicide Investigator School from the Alabama Law Enforcement Academy in Selma, AL and was attached to the Opelika Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit in September 2011.
Mitchell began his employment at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama where he worked as a Deputy Sheriff in the patrol division in April 2013, and was still an active member of the Lee County Metro Swat team. Mitchell was transferred to the Investigations Division of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in the spring of 2015. While in the Investigation Division, he was also attached to the Metro Swat Team and became a Firearms Instructor (Patrol Rifle, Handgun, and Shotgun), a Glock Armorer, an AR-15 armorer, a Red Dot Sight instructor, Grenadier Instructor, OSHA certified in Clandestine Lab disassembly and cleanup (HAZMAT), Ballistic Shield Instructor, Homicide Investigation Courses, Electronic forensic examination courses, Sexual assault courses, Child exploitation courses, and Human Trafficking courses. From 2015 to 2022, Mitchell was assigned as case agent on multiple Murder cases to include Capitol Murder, Sexual Assaults, Robbery, Child molestation, Human Trafficking, and Property Crimes. Mitchell became the assistant Team Leader of the Lee County Metro Swat team in 2019. In 2020 Mitchell was promoted to Corporal within the Investigation Division and continued to work his assigned cases as well as oversee other Investigators within the Division.
In August of 2022, Mitchell was promoted to Sergeant within the patrol division at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and in August of 2023 Mitchell was also promoted to Team Leader over the Lee County Metro Swat Team. While in the performance of his duties as a Lee County Sheriff Deputy, Mitchell has been awarded two Life Saving merit awards from Sheriff Jay Jones.
In January of 2023, The Lee County Sheriff’s Office was plagued with Sheriff Deputies succumbing to fentanyl overdoses. To combat this ongoing problem, Mitchell put together a unit of 10 Sheriff Deputies in conjunction with The Lee County Emergency Management Agency to come up with a solution to the overdoses. The 10 Sheriff Deputies have been OSHA certified and trained in Clandestine Lab disassembly and cleanup as well as dealing with unknown substances. Mitchell has also been teaching OSHA certified hazmat solutions to Sheriff Deputies to prevent future exposure to fentanyl and possible death.

Corporal Clayton Feagins, Lee County Sheriff ~ [email protected] ~ 334-524-4299

Corporal Clayton Feagins has over nine years of law enforcement experience. He began his career with the City of Auburn Police Department in telecommunications as a communication officer. He then transitioned over to the Columbus Police Department as a communication officer. He was promoted to communication officer two, and shortly after, communication officer three, in a supervisory role. He then took advantage of an opportunity to join The Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 2016. He began in communication at the agency and was hired for a patrol deputy position. He was then promoted to his current rank of corporal in the patrol division as a shift supervisor.

He is a graduate of the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center Selma campus. He has an associate degree in applied science. He has attended the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) for emergency operators. He is currently certified as a Field Training Officer, Alabama Law Enforcement Alliance for Peer Support, Taser Instructor, and Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) Instructor. He has an extensive background in customer service and is commended for excellent customer service. He spends his free time participating in local community events.

Sgt. Derick Eidahl, Lee County Sheriff, AL ~ [email protected] ~ 706-325-3870

Sergeant Derick J. Eidahl, of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama. I started my law enforcement journey at Missouri Southern State University when I attended their Basic Police Academy in 2013. In 2014, I moved to Georgia, where I was hired by the Russell County Sheriff’s Office in Phenix City, AL, as a Corrections Officer. It is here where I quickly realized that Corrections was just not the place for me. In February 2015, I began working in the patrol division at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Opelika, AL, where I remain today. The following year, in 2016, I attended Field Training Officer (FTO) School in Baldwin County, AL. In 2017 I became a member of the Lee County SWAT Team and also attended Alabama’s Basic SWAT Operator’s Course. My most recent accomplishment was graduating from T.E.E.S. Explosive Breaching Course.

In 2020, I was promoted to Corporal and assumed my first leadership position in law enforcement. Two years later, in 2022, I was promoted to Sergeant within the patrol division, which is my current role at the Sheriff’s Office.

I am also a 10-year Infantry Veteran of the U.S. Army. I have served in three combat deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. I served in multiple positions including Team Leader, Squad Leader, and Platoon Sergeant throughout my deployments. I graduated from the U.S. Army’s Primary Leadership Development Course, Advanced Leader Course, U.S. Army Airborne School, and Infantry Mortar Leadership Course, along with other schools and certification courses. Some of my most significant awards received during my career include the Purple Heart , the Army Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Accommodation Medal with Valor.

I am a father of two boys that are 12 and 14 years old. I have a passion for motorcycles, classic cars, and old trucks. I truly enjoy building and repairing things in my spare time, however my eagerness is having the ability to pass my mechanical knowledge on to my boys and watch them learn new skills.

Lt. Reynaldo Gregory, Cuyahoga County Sheriff, OH ~ [email protected] ~ 216-408-5963

Reynaldo Gregory began his career in law enforcement with the University Circle Police Department in Cleveland, Ohio in 2000. He remained there for six years as a Patrolman, obtaining the rank of Sergeant.

In 2006, he accepted a position as a Deputy Sheriff with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, where he was assigned to Courts and the Field Operation Unit.

In 2007, due to a manpower shortage in The City of East Cleveland, the Sheriff’s Department was tasked with patrol duties within their city. The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department created an East Cleveland Patrol Unit which Deputy Gregory was assigned to.

In 2008, he was re-assigned to the Detective Bureau, investigating a wide variety of cases including: general investigations, jail in custody deaths and sex crimes. In addition to investigations, he was tasked with extraditions of in state and out of state prisoners, Apprehension of Fugitives, Dignitary protection details and numerous other departmental needs.

In 2017, Deputy Gregory was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Field Operations Unit, where he remained, until moving to his current assignment supervising the Detective Bureau.

Sergeant Gregory currently supervises the Detective Bureau, Scientific Identification Unit, Dignitary Protection Unit, and Investigators assigned to various Federal Task Forces including The Federal Bureau of Investigations, Joint Terrorism Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations. He oversees investigations of Police involved use of deadly force incidents, and in- custody deaths. Sergeant Gregory is a Squad Leader for Mobile Field Force Operations. In addition, he is involved with the hiring and recruiting process for Deputy Sheriffs.

Sergeant Gregory holds a certification as a Master Investigator and Master Evidence Technician through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and has an Associates of Arts degree from Cuyahoga Community College.

Emergency Communication Center Supervisor Emily Warnygora, St. Louis County 911 Division ~ [email protected] ~ 218-590-4119

My name is Emily Warnygora, and I am an Emergency Communications Center Supervisor at St. Louis County (MN) for the 911 Division of the Sheriff’s Office. I began my career as a telecommunicator in 2002 and I was promoted to Lead dispatcher in 2011. I was promoted to one of our center supervisors in 2016 and am currently the operations supervisor within our center and share the responsibility of overseeing 43 employees.
I am a current Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and National Emergency Number Association (NENA) member and was part of the working group that developed Text to 911 standards for the state of Minnesota. I currently sit on the Public Safety Telecommunicators Training and Certification working group in MN as well as a working group for 988/911 collaboration and participated in the nationwide Policy Academy for 988/911 Collaboration put on by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Sgt Jon Swenson. Rochester PD ~ [email protected] ~ 507-251-3340

I have been employed with the Rochester Police Department for the past 22 years. The majority of my career has been spent in the patrol division with a current assignment as a Patrol Sergeant. I spent 9 years in the Criminal Investigations division on the Street Crimes Unit. I have been an active member of the SWAT team for the past 17 years. I have been an operator, and team leader with a current assignment as Admin Manager. I received my B. A. in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Duluth

Sgt Caleb Tesdahl, Rochester PD ~ [email protected] ~ 507-208-0769

Sergeant Tesdahl is a 12 year veteran of the Rochester Police Department and has served the Department in several different capacities during this time. He began his career with RPD as a non-sworn Community Service Officer and later transitioned to a sworn Patrol Officer in 2012. His various assignments include: Community Action Team, Criminal Interdiction Unit, and Southeast Minnesota Violent Crimes Enforcement Team. He promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June of 2021. Sergeant Tesdahl is a supervisor on the Department’s Mobile Response Team and has played a critical role in the team’s development of policy, tactics and training. Sergeant Tesdahl has been recognized for his meritorious service on several occasions and holds a number of awards including RPD’s highest honor, the Valor award. Sgt. Tesdahl earned his Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Rochester Community and Technical College where he graduated with high honors.
Prior to his law enforcement career, Sergeant Tesdahl served in the US Army for five years as a Combat Engineer assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, 506th Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Sergeant Tesdahl is a combat veteran and was deployed on two combat tours, Operation Iraqi Freedom- Iraq 2005-2006 and Operation Enduring Freedom- Afghanistan 2008-2009, before leaving the US Army with an Honorable Discharge in June of 2009.

Deputy Adam Suckow, Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office, MN ~ [email protected] ~ 507-508-0970

Deputy Suckow has been a police officer in the state of Minnesota for over 10 years, starting his career with the Park Rapids Police Department prior to working with the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office. While serving with the BECSO, Deputy Suckow has served the agency in several different capacities as a Taser Instructor, Tactical Response Team Operator, Field Training Officer, DWI Officer, and Dive Team member. Deputy received his B.S. Degree in Law Enforcement through Minnesota State University – Mankato.