Four New Commissioners Appointed
Gainesville, Virginia ─ CALEA®, the Gold Standard in Public Safety Accreditation, is pleased to announce the appointment of four new Commissioners. They include Senator Cynthia Armour Coyne, Rhode Island State Senate; Associate Vice President of Safety, Security and Civic Affairs & Chief of Police Marlon C. Lynch, University of Chicago; Chief Barry D. Rountree, Winston-Salem Police Department, North Carolina; and Dr. Joseph A. Schafer, Professor and Chair, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Southern Illinois University. In addition, two current CALEA Commissioners were reappointed. All appointments are effective January 1, 2016.
CALEA was established as an independent accrediting authority in 1979 by the four major law enforcement executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The Commission has 21 members, including 11 law enforcement practitioners and 10 members from the public and private sectors. The position is voluntary and Commissioners are appointed to a term of three years.
CALEA serves to develop standards for public safety agencies and administer a complementary accreditation processes. Program offerings currently include accreditation for law enforcement agencies, public safety communications and training academies, and most recently, campus security organizations. These voluntary accreditation programs provide a modern management model for public safety agencies on an international basis, and are a blueprint for developing industry recognized best practices.
Senator Cynthia Armour Coyne was elected to the Rhode Island State Senate in November 2014 and represents District 32, which includes the Towns of Barrington, Bristol and the City of East Providence. She currently serves on the Committees for Health and Human Services and the Environment and Agriculture. Previously, Senator Coyne was elected as a Town Councilor for the Town of Barrington and served as a member of the Rhode Island State Police, retiring as a lieutenant in 2006 following a 20-year career with the organization. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rhode Island in Political Science and Economics, a Bachelor of Science from Roger Williams University in Administration of Justice, and she is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
Chief Marlon C. Lynch is the Associate Vice President for Safety, Security and Civic Affairs at The University of Chicago. His career progression includes years of law enforcement experience in the municipal and campus environments. Marlon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University and has completed work towards a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a graduate of the 216th Session of the FBI National Academy and the 256th Class of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff & Command.
Chief Barry Rountree currently serves as the Chief of Police for the Winston Salem, North Carolina Police Department, a position he has held since 2013. Prior to his appointment to this position he assumed various positions and functional areas of the organization, including operations and administration. He joined the agency in 1988 and has participated in countless community activities, such as volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America and the Salvation Army. Chief Rountree holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Winston Salem State University. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Municipal Administration Program, and he is a graduate of the 31st session of the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University. Chief Rountree is a member of several professional organizations to include the International Associations of Chiefs of Police, and is Regional Director for the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police.
Dr. Joseph A. Schafer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Social Science from Michigan State University. Dr. Schafer’s research focuses on policing, organizational change, leadership, citizen perceptions of police, and futures research in policing. He was the President of Police Futurists International, is a member of the PFI/FBI Futures Working Group, and was a visiting scholar in the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI Academy and the Centre of Excellence in Policing & Security in Australia. He is currently a Trustee for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has authored/edited four books more than fifty research and policy articles appearing in various academic journals and policing periodicals.
Reappointed Commissioners Sheriff Craig Webre of the Lafourche Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana and Chief Bartram Connelly of the Cape Coral Police Department, Florida will continue their work with the Commission.
The knowledge and experience these individuals bring to CALEA ensures the organization continues to meet its mission of promoting professionalism within the field of public safety. CALEA congratulates and welcomes our new and returning Commissioners.