Police chief screening committee being formed

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Candidates have varied training, experience

By Stephen Lega

The City of Lebanon is in the process of assembling a committee to interview the seven applicants for the vacant police chief position.

City Administrator John O. Thomas said that he, Mayor Gary Crenshaw and Kandice Engle-Gray will serve on the committee. The remaining members have not yet been identified.

When the final committee members are named, the committee will begin scheduling interviews, according to Thomas.

Shelton Young retired as chief at the end of January. Here is some background about the seven individuals who are seeking to replace him:

Joseph Bell

Bell joined the Lebanon Police Department in 1975. In 1979, he completed the Department of Criminal Justice training.

He has served as a patrol officer, sergeant, and as the acting chief on three occasions - for about three months in 1993, from December of 1995 through September of 1996 and June through October of 2000. In August of 2001, he was promoted to captain, and he served as a lieutenant under recently retired Chief Shelton Young.

Bell has been taking ongoing training since 1979. That training has included numerous areas of police work such as officer survival, police photography, domestic violence and abuse, narcotics, criminal investigation, media relations and police management.

Bell noted on his application information that he has taken some specific training (police executive command courses) in preparation for becoming a police chief.

Phillip "Wally" Brady

Brady joined the Lebanon Police Department in 1982. He has worked as a supply officer, a sergeant and a school resource officer.

Brady studied police administration at Eastern Kentucky University, where he received an associate degree in 1982. He completed Department of Criminal Justice Training in 1984.

His training included leadership and ethics, problem solving, managing critical incidents and basic supervision. He has also coordinated the DARE program in Marion County schools.

Brady is an active member of the Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers and the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 43.

Elisa McHolen

McHolen has been a member of the Lebanon Police Department since 1991.

She was a police officer until August of 1999, when she was promoted to officer-in-charge. Two years later, she became an acting sergeant, and in April of 2002, she was promoted to sergeant.

She received her bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University, where she majored in police administration and minored in security and loss prevention. McHolen also completed continuing education in supervision training through the Department of Criminal Justice.

She has received continuing education in a variety of areas including management skills, ethics for line level officers, hostage and crisis negotiations, investigative skills, and enhanced response to domestic violence and sex crimes.

She is a member of the Kentucky Women's Law Enforcement Network and the International Association of Women Police.

Byron Richardson

Richardson joined the Lebanon Police Department in 1994. He has worked as a patrol officer, narcotics officer and detective sergeant.

Richardson has completed more than 1,000 hours of law enforcement training, including specialized training in areas such as SWAT certification, safeguarding civil rights and civil liberties, and narcotics investigation. Richardson has also received FBI special deputation and U.S. Marshall Service deputation.

He completed his bachelor's degree in police administration and fire science engineering at Eastern Kentucky University in 1994. He has been a member of the Midwest Gang Investigator Association and the Kentucky Narcotics Officers Association.

Richardson is the son of Lebanon City Councilman Jim Richardson.

Alan Riggs

Riggs is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he studied police administration. He started his law enforcement career in February of 1989 as a member of the St. Petersburg Police Department in Florida.

Riggs worked as a patrolman and a 911 responder. He was a field training officer and worked as a vice and narcotics detective. He also served as a member of the SWAT team.

He also worked for Dyncorp international in the United Arab Emirates, where he was contracted by the U.S. State Department's International Narcotics and Enforcement Affairs. He also helped train Afghan police officers and instructors.

Riggs received training in narcotics from the DEA, smuggling techniques and U.S. Customs Service strike force.

Riggs also served in the U.S. Army Reserves with the 100th Armor Division and 320th MP Company.

John Riley

Riley, of Goodells, Mich., started in law enforcement in 1986 at the City of Center Line, Mich., where he worked as a patrol officer and firefighter. He later worked at Baker College as a project leader for the leadership in public safety program, at St. Clair County Court as a court bailiff before becoming the Director of Public Safety in Center Line, where he oversaw the police and fire departments.

Riley received a law enforcement certificate from Macomb Community College in 1984 and police certification from the Macomb College Police Academy in 1986. He completed his associate degree in law enforcement and criminal justice from Macomb Community College in 2003.

Riley also received Michigan Firefighter Training Council certification in 1986.

He has been a member of Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Macomb County Police Chiefs Association, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and the Macomb County Police Academy Advisory Board, the Center Line High School Law Enforcement Advisory Board and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Greg Young

Young started his career in law enforcement with the Springfield Police Department in March of 1994. He joined the Lebanon Police Department in April of 2001. Young has worked as a patrolman and a sergeant.

In July of 1994, he completed Department of Criminal Justice Training. He has taken continuing education courses throughout his career. That ongoing education has included field training officer certification and DARE certification.