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Fort Collins Chief of Police

Candidate Bios

 

Edward Bergin

Major Edward Bergin began his law enforcement career in 1983 when he joined the US Capitol Police.  After serving for over four years as a Police Officer, Bergin left to join the Howard County, Maryland Police Department in May 1988.  In July 1992, he moved laterally to join the Anne Arundel County, Maryland Police Department.  Over the course of seven and a half years, Edward served in the capacity of Patrol Officer, Detective, and Sergeant.  In May 2001, Bergin promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, serving as a Patrol Commander and Executive Officer to the District Commander.  Promoting to Captain in 2006, he served in command of a Patrol District and Bureau Commander of Operations and Investigations in an Acting Major capacity.  In July 2009, Edward was promoted to his current rank of Major with commands over the Bureau of Operations and Investigations, and the Bureau of Administration.  In 2013 Bergin was Selected by the leadership of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to serve as a Visiting Law Enforcement Senior Fellow from 2014 to 2015.  Since his return to the Anne Arundel Police Department, he has been assigned as the Bureau Commander of Patrol. 

Edward Bergin has a B.S. Degree in Government from the University of Maryland University College, and an M.S. Degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University, Police Executive Leadership Program.  Additionally, Major Bergin attended the FBI National Academy (FBINA) in April 2006.  Major Bergin was a guest lecturer at sessions for the FBI National Academy regarding leadership and has direct experience in investigation of a public corruption case involving a prominent county official.   Major Bergin is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, FBI National Academy Associates, Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Training Association.

 

 

Michael Bray

 

Deputy Chief Michael Bray has served for 28 years in law enforcement with the Sacramento, California Police Department.  Starting as an Officer in 1990, Bray was assigned to Patrol, Neighborhood Police Officer, and SWAT Operator.  In October 1997, he promoted to Sergeant and served in the Regional Community Policing Institute, Patrol, and Internal Affairs.  In October 2001 Bray promoted to Lieutenant in SWAT-Metro-Special Operations.  He continued as a Lieutenant for over ten years with assignments as Watch Commander, Field Training Coordinator, Manager of Forensic Identification Section, Investigations, Personnel Services, and

Executive Lieutenant in Central Command.  From 2011 to 2014, he served as a Captain in the Office of the Chief.   In September 2014, Michael was promoted to Deputy Chief.  During his tenure as Deputy Chief, Bray has been assigned to Specialized Services, Investigations, Operations, and finally back to Specialized Services where he currently is assigned. 

Michael has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Sacramento and a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership from St. Mary’s College.  He has attended the Major Cities Chief’s Association-Police Executive Leadership Institute; the Police Executive Leadership Forum-Senior Management Institute for Police (PERF-SMIP); LAPD’s West Point Leadership Program; the FBI National Academy (FBINA), and the California POST Command College and Supervisory Leadership Institute.  Deputy Chief Bray is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy Associates, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the California Peace Officers Association, the California Homicide Investigators Association, and the Sacramento Police Foundation.

 

 

 

Ashley Gonzalez

 

Deputy Chief Ashley Gonzalez has served for over 29 years with the Norwalk, Connecticut Police Department.  His law enforcement career began in 1988 when he joined the department as a Police Officer in the Patrol Division and K-9 Unit.  In March 2002, Ashley promoted to Detective in the Special Services Division, working narcotics, prostitution, and organized crime.  One year later, Gonzalez promoted to Sergeant, serving five years in Patrol, then as a Detective Sergeant in the Youth Bureau for another two years.  He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2010 while serving as the Commander of the ESU Crisis Negotiator’s Team from 2008 to 2015.  As a Lieutenant, Ashley commanded the Special Victims Unit until his promotion to Deputy Chief in July 2015.  He currently serves as second in command of the department and leads the Administrative Division.  

Deputy Chief Gonzalez has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University.  He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Louisville.  Ashley has attended the Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute, the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar-FBI, the Chief Executive Leadership Course-Southern Police Institute, the Executive Leadership Training for Crisis Management-Harvard University, the Police Leadership Institute at Sacred Heart University, and the Command Training Program at the New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management.  Deputy Chief Gonzalez is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, FBI-LEEDA, the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association, the Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association, the Florida Chiefs of Police Association, and the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association.

 


Jeffrey Swoboda

Chief of Police Jeffrey Swoboda has served with the Elgin, Illinois Police Department for almost 26 years.  He began his career in Elgin as a Patrol Officer, and shortly thereafter, was assigned as one of the first Elgin “Resident Officers” in the Neighborhood Officer Program.  In the ensuing years, Jeffrey served as a Sergeant in Patrol, Resident Officer Program, and as Accreditation Manager for the Department.  In February 2002, he was promoted to Shift Watch Commander, and then in 2004 assigned as the Commander of Special Investigations.  From August 2005 until April 2006, Swoboda was assigned as Interim Emergency Communications Director, a command-level position reporting to the Chief of Police and was responsible for personnel matters as well as the day-to-day operations of the City’s 911 Emergency Communications Center.  Jeffrey Swoboda was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in January 2006 and assigned to lead the Operations Bureau.  Two years later, Deputy Chief Swoboda was assigned to lead the Administration Bureau, and then after two more years, he was assigned to lead the Investigations Bureau.  In March 2010, Jeffrey was named as Acting Chief of Police, and one month later, appointed Chief of Police of the Elgin Police Department. 

Chief Swoboda has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Aurora University; Aurora, Illinois and a Master of Arts Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University.  He has attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the Kennedy School-Harvard; the Law Enforcement Executive Development Program-FBI; the Police Executive Leadership Forum-Senior Management Institute for Police (PERF-SMIP); the FBI National Academy (FBINA); the Executive Integral Leadership Program-University of Notre Dame; and The School of Police Staff and Command-Northwestern University.  Chief Swoboda is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Kane County Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy Associates, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA).

 

 

 Terri Wilfong

Former Chief of Police Terri Wilfong is currently self employed as a Law Enforcement Consultant.  She is a Master Instructor for the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA), develops law enforcement policies and procedures, and provides training representing the Daigle Law Group, as well as the development of training for law enforcement agencies.  Ms. Wilfong began her career in law enforcement with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Louisville, Kentucky in 1981.  After serving two years as a Deputy, she moved on to join the Kentucky State Police serving for two more years as a Trooper in Operations and Special Investigations.  In 1985, Terri returned to Jefferson County as a member of the Police Department where she served as a Sergeant supervising Field Training and commanding the Arson, Fraud, and Fugitive Unit.  Wilfong promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned as Assistant Commander in several Patrol districts, as well as in Internal Affairs.  She capped her career with the Jefferson County Police Department as a Captain in Command of the David Patrol District.  In January 2003, Terri joined the Louisville, Kentucky Metro Police Department as an Assistant Chief.  In that capacity, Wilfong served as Patrol Division Commander and Support Bureau Commander.  Terri Wilfong was appointed as the Chief of Police in Greenville, South Carolina in March 2007.  After serving the City of Greenville for over seven years, Chief Wilfong left to pursue opportunities in the field of Law Enforcement Leadership Training and Internal Affairs research and training. 

Terri Wilfong has both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Justice Administration, from the University of Louisville.  Additionally, she has attended the Southern Police Institute, Administrative Officer’s Course, University of Louisville.  Chief Wilfong is a member of FBI–LEEDA, the Community Foundation of Greenville, the Greenville Professional Women’s Forum, the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the International Associations of Chiefs of Police, the IACP Conference Committee/IACP Crime Prevention Committee, the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police/Departmental Accreditation Manager, the Kentucky Police Chief Association, the Kentucky Women’s Law Enforcement Network, the Louisville Metro Police Officers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives.

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