Command and Staff Program

By Readiness Network, Inc.

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.

Officer Matthew Franco, Hermosa Beach PD, CA ~ [email protected] ~ 714-702-4484

Officer Franco has served the City of Hermosa Beach for eight years. Officer Franco began his career as a Patrol Officer and worked in several other capacities in the Patrol Division, including Community Lead Officer, Traffic Officer, Field Training Officer, and Watch Commander. He was then assigned to the Investigative Bureau, where he investigated property crimes, sex crimes, and financial crimes. Recently, Officer Franco assisted in the Professional Standards Unit, where he had a hand in the hiring of several new officers. Officer Franco also assisted in the implementation of the Department’s new vision that will continue to place Hermosa Beach Police Department as a leader in policing in the 21st Century and beyond.

Officer Franco has a strong desire to impact the community he serves and the officers he serves with. Having been mentored and developed by many excellent leaders, he aspires to be the strongest leader he can be. His desire to develop his leadership skills has led him to the Command and Staff Leadership Program.

Officer Franco is married and has three wonderful children.

Sgt. Johnny Holyfield, Ouachita Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 318-376-0577

 

My name is Sergeant Johnny Holyfield Jr. and I am currently employed at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office. I recently passed the 20-year mark in my career, all of which have been with OPSO. I started in December of 2003 and was assigned to the correctional center. Eventually, I transferred to the Patrol Division and spent approximately one year in the street crimes unit. I was a Field Training Officer for almost two years and transferred to the Investigations Division.
Investigations is where I spent the largest part of my time. Initially, I was assigned to property crimes but after a short stint I was assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit. By the end of my eighth year in investigations I was a supervisor for the V.C.U. as well as the Crime Scene Unit. In 2019, I made a lateral transfer back to the Patrol Division as a shift supervisor where I serve to this day.
I am 45 years old and have been married to my wife Misty for 27 years this summer. She is a fourth grade ELA teacher at one of the local elementary schools and loves teaching kids. We have two boys; Jaylen who is 23 and Cayden who is 18. Both of my boys have begun their career in law enforcement with OPSO and it is special to me to be able to work alongside them. In 2017, I took the role of Lead Pastor at the church my dad founded in 1997. I have had to learn to balance the two professions though, because on more than one occasion they have clashed. Leadership is important to me and desperately needed in our profession. My goal is to lead by example so when the time comes for me to retire I can leave this place better than I found it.

Sgt. Jacob Greer, Ouachita Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 318-376-6731

Sergeant Jacob Greer has served the citizens of Ouachita Parish for 15 years. Jacob began his career in the Communications Division before transferring to the Patrol Division. While in the Patrol Division, Jacob served on the S.C.A.T. (Special Crimes Apprehension Team) and as a Field Training Officer achieving the rank of Corporal. In 2018 Jacob transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division where he obtained the rank of Sergeant. Jacob is also a Hostage Negotiator for the Ouachita Parish SWAT Team.
Jacob and his wife have been married for 18 years, and they have two amazing children.

Patrol Sergeant Mick Gaglia, Hermosa Beach PD, CA ~ [email protected] ~ 310-483-3530

My name is Sergeant Mick Gaglia, I was born in California, but spent several years living in Utah and Colorado for a period of my youth. I returned to California where I graduated from Redondo Union High School (Redondo Beach). I currently live in Tustin, California with my wife Mindy and 2 children. I enjoy spending a vast amount of my free time playing ice hockey and mountain bike riding. I also enjoy trying to perfect my culinary and BBQ skills.
I started my career in law enforcement in 1999 when I was hired as a Jailer for the Hermosa Beach Police Department. My ultimate goal was to become a Police Officer. After 6 months of working as a Jailer, I attended the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy and successfully graduated. During my career as a Police Officer, I have worked several assignments including, Community Lead Officer, Motors/Traffic, Field Training Officer, Rangemaster, Fleet Manager, Press Information Officer, Detective, and Professional Standards Unit Sergeant. I was promoted to Sergeant in 2015 and I’m currently assigned to the Administration Division as an Acting Captain.
My personal career highlight was receiving the Medal of Valor Distinguished Service award that was presented for saving the life of an elderly man. I have a strong desire to improve my leadership skills and capabilities while creating a positive work environment.