The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) transitioned to new leadership for 2021-2022 today. This effective date reflects the membership’s April 2021 vote to align the transition to new leadership with the fiscal year, which starts on Oct. 1 every year.
Capt. John Broers, with the South Dakota Highway Patrol, is the new president of the Alliance. Maj. Chris Nordloh, with the Texas Department of Public Safety, is CVSA’s vice president. And Sgt. John Samis, with the Delaware State Police, moves into his three-year commitment as past president.
This year’s transition was unique. In June 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CVSA Board of Directors voted to cancel the 2020 CVSA Annual Conference and Exhibition. According to the Alliance’s bylaws, if the annual conference is canceled, leadership officers and committee and program members continue in their respective positions until the next annual conference, which was in August-September 2021; therefore, members of leadership with expiring terms served an additional year.
Since the 2020 annual conference was canceled and term expirations were extended by a year, there was no secretary vote in 2020. Instead, the secretary vote took place at the 2021 CVSA Annual Conference and Exhibition. Col. Russ Christoferson, with the Montana Department of Transportation, was elected by the membership on Sept. 1 to the position of secretary, effective today.
Col. Russ Christoferson will serve one year as secretary of the Alliance, while concurrently serving as chair of the CVSA Election Committee. Then, he’ll concurrently serve a year as vice president and chair of the CVSA Finance Committee. The year after that, he will become CVSA’s president. After one year as president, he will then serve three years as past president – making the entire obligation a six-year commitment.
In addition to the executive leadership transition:
- The new president of Region I is Tpr. William Alarcon, with New Jersey State Police. The new vice president is Tpr. James Thomas, with Rhode Island State Police.
- Bart Teeter, from the Texas Department of Public Safety, is Region II president and Lt. Ron Jenkins, of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, is the vice president.
- Maj. Jon Smithers, with the Indiana State Police, takes over as Region III president. Nebraska State Patrol’s Lt. Mike Maytum is the new vice president.
- Brad Marten, with the Montana Department of Transportation, is the new Region IV president, and the new vice president is Tpr. Jeremy Disbrow from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
- Newfoundland and Labrador’s Krista Cull will serve as vice president for Region V.
- Ofc. Lincoln Sweeney, with the Cedar Hill Police Department in Texas, is the new vice president for Class II Local Members.
- Andrea Sequin, with Schnieder, is the new president of Class III Associate Members and Derek Barrs, from HNTB, is vice president.
- Capt. Jonathan Olsen, with Minnesota State Patrol, will chair the Operation Safe Driver program, and Lt. Col. Michael Krumm, of Michigan State Police, will chair the Human Trafficking Prevention program.