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Mayor Steve BenjaminPresident and CEO, The Benjamin Firm, LLC
Mayor, Columbia, SC, 2010–2021

Steve Benjamin served as the mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, from 2010-2021. During his tenure, he invested in 21st Century Policing by establishing the Justice for All initiative for greater community engagement, diversity, training and accountability for law enforcement. Mayor Benjamin’s public service career includes holding the position of chief executive for South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges as well as serving as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and president of the African American Mayors Association. Currently, he is president and CEO of The Benjamin Firm, LLC, as well as chairman of the FirstNet Authority Board of Directors and on Lexipol’s Board of Directors. Mayor Benjamin is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is married to the Honorable DeAndrea Gist Benjamin, a Judge in South Carolina's Fifth Judicial Circuit, and is the father of two daughters.


*All times listed for plenary and concurrent sessions are Eastern Daylight Time

11:30 AM

Exhibit Hall Opens

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Welcome and Opening Keynote

Steve Benjamin
President and CEO, The Benjamin Firm, LLC Mayor, Columbia, SC, 2010–2021

Chuck Corbin
Chief Executive Officer, Lexipol

12:35 PM – 1:15 PM

Building an Interventionist Culture in Law Enforcement

Chief Ken Wallentine
West Jordan (UT) Police Department
Senior Legal Advisor, Lexipol

Chief of Police Ken Truver
Castle Shannon (PA) Police Department

Chief (Ret.) Mike Ranalli
Program Manager, Lexipol

A 3-Pronged Approach to Enhancing Recruitment and Retention in Your Fire Department

Battalion Chief Bruce Bjorge
Western Taney County (Mo.) Director, Fire Sales, Lexipol

More Than Online Learning: The Power of Lexipol’s Learning Academies

Mica Lunt
Director of Learning Sales, Lexipol

Sheriff Michael Slupe
Butler County (PA) Sheriff Office

Director Georgene Dimas
McKinley County (NM) Regional 911 Center

1:20 PM – 1:30 PM

10-Minute Break

1:35 PM – 1:55 PM

Law Enforcement Accreditation: Protect Your Agency, Your Community, Your Profession

Frank Rodgers
Senior Vice President, Accreditation, Lexipol

The Most Common Grant Application Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Sarah Wilson
Vice President, Grant Division, Lexipol

Samantha Dorm
Grant Specialist, Lexipol

Dan Rodgers
Senior Fire Grant Consultant, Lexipol

2:00 PM – 2:40 PM

Law Enforcement Community Relations: What Community Members Need to Know About Your Policies

Bill McAuliffe
Director, Professional Services, Lexipol

Chief Ken Wallentine
West Jordan (UT) Police Department 
Senior Legal Advisor, Lexipol

Fire Department Community Relations: Strategies for Success in 2022

Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder
Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department

Fire Chief Otto Huber
Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department

3 Trusted Tools to Take Care of Your Agency’s Most Valuable Asset: Employees

David Black, PhD
President, Cordico Wellness Solution, Lexipol

Mandy Nice
Strategic Wellness Director, Lexipol

Rachelle Zemlok PsyD
Strategic Wellness Director, Lexipol

2:45 PM – 2:55 PM

10-Minute Break

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Legal Update: Law Enforcement

Prathi Chowdri
Attorney III, Lexipol

Erin Robles
Attorney II, Lexipol

Legal Update: Fire

Curt Varone
Deputy Chief, Exeter (RI) Fire Department Attorney and Author, Fire Law Blog

Legal Update: Corrections

Kirstin Lurtz
Attorney II, Lexipol

Ann Maskaleris
Attorney I, Lexipol

Funding Your Agency's Wellness Program

David Black, PhD
President, Cordico Wellness Solution, Lexipol

Sarah Wilson
Vice President, Grant Division, Lexipol

3:35 PM – 4:15 PM

Law Enforcement and Corrections Roundtable: Issues and Solutions

Gordon Graham
Lexipol Co-Founder and International
Risk Management Expert

Steve Casey
Executive Director, Florida Sheriffs Association

Chief Robert Contee
DC Metro Police

Chief Jim Bueermann (Ret.)
Redlands (CA) Police Department

Chief Jackie Gomez-Whiteley (Ret.)
Co-Founder and Principal Consultant, Meliora Public Safety Consulting, LLC, CA

Fire and EMS Roundtable: Issues and Solutions

Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder, EFO
Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department

Fire Chief Reginald Freeman PhD, CFO, FIFire
Oakland (CA) Fire Department

Fire Chief Timothy Sendelbach
Loveland (CO) Fire Rescue Authority

Fire Chief Trisha Wolford
Anne Arundel County (MD) Fire Department

4:20 PM – 4:30 PM

10-Minute Break

4:35 PM – 5:05 PM

Closing Keynote: The 10 fs of a Successful career in public safety

Gordon Graham
Lexipol Co-Founder and Attorney &
Risk Management Expert

5:30 PM

Event ends

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