The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), the Gold Standard in Public Safety, is pleased to announce the selection of its 2023 Board of Officers. These include Marlon Lynch, Chairperson; Matthew Packard, Vice-Chairperson; Thomas Kulhawik, Secretary; and Barry Rountree, Treasurer. All positions are effective January 1, 2023.
Commissioner Marlon Lynch is the Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police of Michigan State University. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Safety Officer for the University of Utah Department of Public Safety. Chief Lynch was also Senior Vice President for Global Campus Safety at New York University, and 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 municipal and campus environments. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, earned a Master in Criminal Justice from Boston University. 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. He has served as a CALEA Commissioner since 2016.
Commissioner Matthew Packard is Commander of the Colorado State Patrol, where he began his career with the agency in 2000. Colonel Packard is on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a member of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, and was an Executive Board Member for the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He has served as a CALEA Commissioner since 2020.
Commissioner Thomas Kulhawik was appointed Chief of the Norwalk, Connecticut Police Department in 2012, and has served within the agency since 1983. Chief Kulhawik is a former commissioner for the Connecticut Sentencing Commission, member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and a former member of the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council. He holds a Master in Public Administration from Post University, where he also serves as an adjunct faculty member. He has served as a CALEA Commissioner since 2020.
Commissioner Barry Rountree is the retired Chief of Police of the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Police Department. He joined the agency in 1988 and 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. He is a member of several professional organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police and was formerly Regional Director for the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police. He has served as a CALEA Commissioner since 2016.
The leadership and experience of these individuals ensures the organization continues to meet its mission of promoting professionalism within the field of public safety. CALEA congratulates the 2023 Board of Officers.
The organization was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police; National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives; National Sheriffs' Association; and the Police Executive Research Forum.
The purpose of CALEA’s programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of contemporary public safety topics and responsibilities; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.
Specifically, CALEA’s goals are to: strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities; formalize essential management procedures; establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices; improve service delivery; solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and increase community and staff confidence in the agency.
The CALEA Accreditation process is a proven modern management model; once implemented, it presents the Chief Executive Officer, on a continuing basis, with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery—regardless of the size, geographic location, or functional responsibilities of the agency.
CALEA Accreditation provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate they meet an established set of professional standards based on industry best practices and approved by an all-volunteer Board of Commissioners.