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2014 lifetime achievement gala

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2014  Awardees

     Our 2nd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award was held at the Wood Ranch Country Club, CA. We were able to begin honoring those who have made a huge impact in the public service community. The foundation was set for years to come to start honoring those who have earned this amazing award.

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        Mr. CHUCK BURKELL, Program Director (retired) Executive Fire Officer Program National Fire Academy, Department of Homeland Security.


        Mr. Burkell was responsible for the development and implementation of the internationally renowned Executive Fire Officer Program conducted at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  During his tenure over 3400 senior fire officers from throughout the globe completed a four-year program of graduate level education and  achieve certification as Executive Fire Officer’s. He also managed the Harvard Fellowship Program, which featured scholarships to senior managers to participate in the Kennedy School of Government “Senior Executives in State & Local Government Program”.


        Chuck has served as a faculty member for a number of regionally accredited degree granting institutions, including the role of Associate Professor at Mt. St. Mary’s University within a Graduate Program of Business (MBA).


      Chuck started his emergency services career in 1971 and retired in December 2013. College. He is also one of a limited number of persons licensed by the U.S. National Park Service as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park. He serves as a consultant to FCC Services of Denver, Colorado in support of “The Gettysburg Leadership Experience”.


      Chucks holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Mt. St. Mary’s, Emmitsburg Maryland; a Bachelors of Science in Technical Education from the University of Akron – Akron Ohio; and an Associate of Applied Science, Fire Technology from Cuyahoga County Community College - Cleveland Ohio.  


     CHIEF STEVE WINEGAR Ph.D., Director of Public Safety Leadership Development, Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

     Steve spent more than 32 years in “active” policing.  The first half of his career was with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department in Hillsboro, Oregon, where he worked assignments in patrol, dispatch, corrections, crime scene processing (CSI), detectives, planning and research, PIO, and as a contract administrator.  He rose through the ranks to lieutenant while with the Sheriff’s Department.

     The second half of his career was with the Tualatin, Oregon, Police Department as Chief of Police.  Steve was selected as Tualatin’s first Police Chief, appointed to the position in 1987 when the City made the decision to form its own Police Department.  The Police Department started with a sworn staff of 13, and had grown to 33 in 2003 when Steve retired.

     After leaving active policing Steve worked as a Risk Management Consultant, and he also taught criminal justice courses at Washington State University – Vancouver campus.  For the past eight years he has been working with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in a number of part time, interim, or full time positions; he has been the coordinator for the Leadership Development Program in Oregon for the past six years.  He now is part of the Center for Policing Excellence, which was established at the Public Safety Academy in Oregon.


     Steve holds a total of five college degrees, including a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Masters of Public Administration, and he received his Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from Portland State University in 2003.

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