J. Thomas Manger – President
Chief of Police - Montgomery County Police Department
Chief J. Thomas Manger was sworn in as Montgomery County Police Chief on January 30, 2004. The Montgomery County Department of Police (MCP) is one of the largest police departments in the State of Maryland, with more than 1300 sworn and 550 civilian members serving 1 million residents in the greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area.
A Maryland native, he graduated from the University of Maryland in 1976 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Chief Manger began his law enforcement career in 1977 with the Fairfax County (Virginia) Police Department. He rose through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 1998. During his tenure in Fairfax County, Chief Manger received numerous awards including the Silver Medal of Valor. Chief Manger is credited with reorganizing and expanding the Fairfax County Police Department’s community policing efforts. His commitment to the highest ethical standards for policing and his enactment of new policies to increase departmental accountability earned significant recognition from the community, to include the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission Award for outstanding contributions, and the N.A.A.C.P.‘s Community Service Leadership award. In 2012, Chief Manger was inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame.
In addition to being the President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, Chief Manger also serves as the Vice-President on the Board of Directors for the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Chief Manger is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, the National Executive Institute, the Police Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond, and the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia. In 2006, Chief Manger completed the John F. Kennedy School’s Program for State and Local government, at Harvard University.
Art Acevedo– 1st Vice President
Chief of Police - Austin Police Department
Art Acevedo serves as the eighth Police Chief in the 84-year history of the Austin Police Department and is the first Hispanic to lead the City's police force. With more than two decades of law enforcement experience, he oversees a department that employs approximately 2,100 sworn officers and civilian personnel. With the consolidation of the Austin Police Department and the Austin Public Safety and Emergency Management Department in January 2009, Acevedo is now responsible for all municipal law enforcement in the City of Austin, including Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, parks, and municipal courts.
Chief Acevedo began his professional career in law enforcement with the California Highway Patrol in 1986, bringing a well-established commitment to community outreach and coalition building to Austin. He strives to establish strong community relationships throughout the city with the goal of strengthening the relationship between the people of Austin and their Police Department. Chief Acevedo leads by example with a strong sense of community involvement through his own personal time and resources.
Chief Acevedo has been a leader with the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) for over 18 years. In his NLPOA capacity, he has been a champion for diversity by traveling throughout the United States to assist qualified minorities in law enforcement secure entry-level and promotional opportunities. In addition, he has raised monies to provide scholarships to young people. As NLPOA California State Chapter President, he secured $200,000 in grant funding from State Farm Insurance Company to provide car-seats to families in need. This funding has also been used to assist local NLPOA Chapters.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Acevedo migrated to the United States with his family in 1968 in search of freedom and the opportunities to be found in America. He grew up in California, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree, with departmental honors, in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. He is married to Tanya and is the father of three children, Melissa, Matthew and Jake.
Appointed Austin Police Chief in July 2007, Chief Acevedo believes in the spirit of our community and the commitment to excellence demonstrated by the men and women he leads.
Jerry Dyer - 2nd Vice President
Chief of Police – Fresno Police Department
Chief Jerry Dyer has served the Fresno Police Department for 35 years. As a sergeant, he supervised several high-profile units such as the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), the Patrol Tactical Team, the Major Narcotics Unit, and he also served as an Internal Affairs Investigator.
Chief Dyer rose through the ranks serving as a lieutenant, captain, deputy chief and as the department’s first assistant chief of police.
On August 1, 2001, Jerry was appointed to the position of Chief of Police. Since then, violent crime in the city of Fresno has fallen by 40% and traffic collisions resulting in injury have declined by 42%.
Chief Dyer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from California State University Fresno, and a Master’s Degree in Management from California Polytechnic University at Pomona.
Chief Dyer is a graduate of the California Command College, where his peers recognized him as the Most Inspirational Student. He also attended the 33rd Session of the FBI National Executive Institute. In 2008, Chief Dyer served as the president of the California Police Chief’s Association, which is comprised of 338 police chiefs.
During the 2011 California Police Chief’s Conference, Chief Dyer was honored with the Joseph T. Malloy Award. The most prestigious award granted by the California Police Chief’s Association. This recognition is bestowed based upon the recipient's professionalism, leadership, energy, and commitment to the mission of the organization.