N O V 2 0 1 6 D E C
by Joey Reynolds
I hope this communication finds you and your family doing well after spending some much needed and deserved time over the holidays with friends and family. The holidays were also a much needed break for me from my travel obligations as your President. It gave me some time to slow down and remember what I am thankful for and to reflect on the reason for the Christmas season and how important that is in my life. During Thanksgiving, Jackie and I were able to spend time with our families and especially enjoyed spending time with our grand- children. It also made me realize how thankful I am for our FBINAA family. I am so blessed and grateful to have this opportunity to serve our membership, our Executive Office staff, our alliances and espe- cially this National Executive Board, who I have come to love and appreciate more and more through my years on the Board. We are blessed to have such a talented group who care about our profession and most importantly care about our members, who are on the front line serving the communities they love. I was able to attend the Graduation for the 266th Session on December 16th. It is always a pleasure to attend the graduations and welcome our newest members to the FBINAA Family. There has been a lot of work going on at the Executive Office as we supported the 266th Session and hosted a Life after Law Enforcement Semi- nar . We have also been working hard on the selection process for our next Executive Director. Hopefully, by the time you are reading this we will be close to naming our next Executive Director. I wanted to take some time now to give you an idea of the process for that selection. During our board meeting IACP in October, I appointed a selection committee made up of Executive Board Members, Office Staff and appointed First Vice President Scott Dumas as the chairman. Immediately following the appointment of this selection com- mittee, we sent out an announcement to our membership announc- ing the position vacancy and discussed our timeline for getting the new director on board. As a board we believed that we needed input from our membership on what they would like to see in the new executive director. Surveys were sent to Chapter Presidents, Secre- tary/Treasurers, Executive Board and Executive Office Staff for their feedback. I want to thank all of you who took the time to respond and for the valuable information you provided to help the committee in their selection process. In late October, we posted the Executive Director position to our membership as well as other professional organizations including IACP, LEEDA , ASAE , The Society of Special Agents of the FBI and on LinkedIn . During the posting period we received over 120 appli- cations; the committee reduced this number to 34 who were sent an application packet to determine further consideration. We received 16 returned questionnaire packets. In December, the Selection Committee reviewed the 16 appli- cants and narrowed the field down to a manageable number who were then interviewed by conference calls. This group was further
reduced to candidates who were then invited to be interviewed in Quantico by the Executive Board and they were also sent to the Training Division for background checks. As I write this, we have not yet interviewed the final candidates but hope to in early January, we anticipate making an offer and having your next Executive Direc- tor on board by late February – early March, where we can introduce them at the Chapter Officer’s Meeting. Please forgive me if I bored you with all the details of our selection process, but I believe that it is important to be transparent as we work through doing the business of our association that you all care so deeply about. I am excited to tell you that our new “Community Engagement Committee” is up and running thanks to the hard work of the steering committee Chairs: Past President Barry Thomas and Section II Rep- resentative Scott Rhoad . They not only have the steering committee up and running but have also organized three sub-committees. These subcommittees are: Youth Programming , Citizen Engagement and F aith Based Programing . I want to personally thank everyone in- volved in these committees. I have been on some of their conference calls and the passion for these initiatives is motivating, I know there are some great things coming from these committees. In closing, I want to thank all of you for what you do day in and day out for our communities. As a nation, a profession and as an association we have some challenging and exciting times ahead of us. I know together we can meet those challenges; I am proud to work beside you, our membership every day.
Joey Reynolds President
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