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Executive Advisors

Carmen Best

Chief of Police (Retired)

Chief Carmen Best (Retired) served with the Seattle Police Department for 28 years, beginning as an entry-level patrol officer and later becoming the first African American woman Chief of Police, managing approximately 2000 sworn and civilian employees before retiring in 2020. Prior to becoming Chief of Police, she served as Deputy Chief, overseeing the Patrol Operations, Investigations, and Special Operations Bureaus, as well as the Community Outreach section.

Currently, Chief Best serves as the Leadership Council Chair for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Seattle. She is the Vice-Chair of Exploring for the Learning for Life National Executive Board and serves on the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee. She is the Chair of the Human and Civil Rights Committee (HCRC) for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and was recently on the IACP Board of Directors, and co-chair of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force (LEITF) - both groups with which she maintains affiliation.

Chief Best holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. She has completed the FBI National Executive Institute (NEI), the FBI National Academy, the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Academy, the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute and the Senior Management Institute for Police.

Greg Hamilton

Sheriff (Retired)

Sheriff Greg Hamilton (Retired), led the Travis County Sheriff’s Department, in Austin, Texas, for more than a decade. His exemplary leadership positively impacted not only Texas but countless communities across the nation. His dedication and leadership allowed him to rise to key leadership positions, and numerous boards and committees to include: Chief of Enforcement at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), President of the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA), President of FBI-LEEDA, President of the Central Texas Chapter of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Advisory Board Member for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), and Commissioner for the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development (CJC-CLD), along with many others.

Sheriff Hamilton’s national reputation as a leader who truly cares and makes a difference caused him to be selected as one of the Top 50 law enforcement leaders from around the world to participate in the 2015 and 2016 Public Safety Summit: Growing Capacity and Legitimacy hosted by Harvard University.   This summit brought senior law enforcement leaders together to explore the immediate challenges in public safety and define transformational strategies to deliver better policing outcomes and strengthen legitimacy over the long-term.

Terry Nichols

Chief of Police

Chief Terry Nichols is an innovative, team-oriented, and visionary leader with more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. Terry served in numerous leadership roles within the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) to include Operations, Criminal Investigations, SWAT Operations, and Administration & Training. He was a vital member of the command staff.

 

Upon retiring from the SMPD, Chief Nichols served as the Assistant Director of the multi-agency, internationally recognized, Texas State University Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center and facilities. He led the acquisition of more than $40 million in grant funding and managed the training of over 90,000 officers.

 

Chief Nichols has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and M.S. in Administration of Justice and is a graduate of the Leadership in Police Organizations through the IACP. He is a noted author of countless professional articles in state and national publications. He is a recognized expert in tactical operations and spoken on the subject at the state and federal levels for many years. Chief Nichols continues to serve as a distinguished Chief of Police in Central Texas.

Maurice Denbow

Executive Director

Director Maurice "Moe" Denbow started his career in the United States Army Military Police. He proudly served in the 101st Airborne Division and numerous other global assignments to include Germany, Central America, and the South Pacific. Maurice served in numerous executive leadership roles such as Assistant Manager of Operations, SWAT Commander, Command Duty Officer of Security Operations, Special Investigator, etc.

 

After his military service, Maurice distinguished himself in several executive leadership positions within the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Memphis, Tennessee, for over 20 years. His leadership roles ranged from the Administrator of Planning, Research, & Logistics, Manager of Facilities, Fleet and Grants, Assistant Manager of Accreditation and Policy, and others.

 

Maurice earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and attended numerous executive leadership and tactical instructor courses during his distinguished career. He has taught thousands of police officers in a wide variety of skills. His dedication and commitment to public service continue while serving in leadership roles of local, regional, and state boards and commissions. 

Dr. Tania Glenn

PsyD, LCSW, CCTP

Dr. Tania Glenn is the president of Tania Glenn and Associates (TGA), PA a clinical practice in Austin, TX that is focused on promoting resilience, critical incident response, and peer support team training and activation.  As a leading national clinician in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Dr. Glenn specializes in working with emergency responders, the military, and the aviation community.

 

As a licensed clinician with twenty-nine years of experience, Dr. Glenn deployed to Oklahoma City in 1995, New York City in 2001, New Orleans in 2005, and Dallas in 2016 in support of law enforcement officers, firefighters, and national guardsman who responded to the Murrah Federal Building, World Trade Center terrorist attacks the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Dallas Police shootings.  Recognized nationally, Dr. Glenn’s clients include a host of Texas and Arizona Police, Fire and EMS Departments, commercial aviation, and air medical programs.  She is the Clinical Director for several peer support teams with her unique perspective on special operations competencies.

Dr. Glenn is a noted author with numerous books dealing with mental health, PTSD, first responders, military, and family. Additionally, she has been involved in several documentaries dealing directly with mental health trauma. Her passion for helping those in need is a true value add to our mission at Safety Publications.

Dr. Kim Hill

Director of Pharmacy

Dr. Kimberly Hill is a highly experienced clinical pharmacist with over 20-years of serving in key clinical and leadership positions.   She started her career as a Poison Information Specialist with the Texas Poison Center.  She was responsible for immediate treatment advice and assistance in cases of exposure to poisonous or hazardous substances, and all aspects of drug and poison information.   

 

After being married to a Law Enforcement Officer for over 20 years, Dr. Hill became passionate about criminal cases involving the use of prescription medication while operating motor vehicles.  Dr. Hill is a seasoned expert witness in misdemeanor and felony criminal court cases involving drugs.  She has been a valuable resource for prosecutors and defense attorneys for years.    

 

Dr. Hill is currently the Director of Pharmacy for Cardinal Health and oversees a team of pharmacists and technicians who provide remote, after-hours, pharmacy services to help pharmacies, hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency, and improving quality.  With approximately 50,000 employees worldwide, Cardinal Health ranks among the top 25 on the Fortune 500.  

 

Dr. Hill completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Texas at Austin.   

George Blackmore

Assistant Chief (Retired)

Assistant Chief George Blackmore retired as the Chief of Special Operations and Homeland Security, for the Austin Fire Department (AFD), Austin, Texas, after 32 years of dedicated service. During his distinguished career, he led in several notable roles, such as the head of AFD's Terrorism Task Force, which was involved in overseas interactions with Iraqi firefighters and police officers. Chief Blackmore's regional, statewide, national, and international leadership experiences in the fire, emergency management, and homeland security fields are an invaluable asset to our Safety Publications Team.

In the public safety profession, Chief Blackmore is known as a trusted advisor that provides executive leadership that matters during the most complex of challenges. His years of experience as the Safety Officer for Texas Task Force 1 and the Incident Commander for the Capital Area Type-3 Incident Management Team, allowed him to engage in areas of regional, statewide and national significance.

 

Chief Blackmore holds a bachelor's degree, graduated from the West Point Leadership Academy, the Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate Academy, and numerous executive courses at the National Fire Academy (NFA).

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