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Bill Overby

Bill is the Department Chair and Instructor for the Criminal Justice Program.  He serves as the Commander of the Parks Law Enforcement Academy and the Basic Law Enforcement Reserve Academy at Skagit Valley College.  In addition to classroom instruction, Bill provides customized in-service training and consultation to several regional agencies.

An eastern Washington native, Bill retired from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission in 2003 after a 32-year career with that agency.  His duties included a variety of park ranger and park management assignments in parks throughout the state, culminating in his management of the Deception Pass area complex for twenty years.  His affiliation with the Parks Law Enforcement Academy as an instructor began in 1987, when his duties with State Parks included training of commissioned staff.  Bill has directed the academy operation at Skagit Valley College since 2001.


Bill is a graduate of Washington State University (Bachelor of Arts, 1972), and earned his Masters degree in Criminal Justice through Boston University (2008). He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy Incident Command Training Program.   He is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, National Association of Field Training Officers, Park Law Enforcement Association, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Partnership for Careers in Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security.


Bill is a recipient of the Washington Recreation and Park Association's President's Award, "Who's Who Among America's College Educators", and Skagit Valley College Exceptional Faculty Award.  He enjoys yard and garden activities and all sports.


Bill can be contacted via email at or at 360.416.7829.

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Jerry Dodd

Jerry began his police career as a Police Explorer with Bellingham Police Department in 1971 and joined the Mount Vernon Police Department 34 years ago; currently he is the Chief of Police. He has overseen the department's patrol, administrative, investigations and crime prevention divisions. Over the years, he has instituted numerous programs and received several department commendations.

Jerry graduated from Skagit Valley College, Western Washington University and has completed one year of post graduate studies. He attended the 162nd session of the FBI National Academy, the Northwest Law Enforcement Executive Command College and the Results Law Enforcement Executive Academy. He has received his first level supervision, middle management and executive career certifications from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Jerry is a Past President of the Skagit Rotary Club, and severed many years on the Charitable Foundation Association. He currently serves on a variety of community boards and involved in various community activities. And, is a school board member at the Mount Vernon Christian School.

In addition, for the past 18 years he has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Whatcom and Skagit Valley College, where he teaches a variety of classes in the Administration of Justice Program. He also instructs for the Basic Reserve Law Enforcement and the Parks Law Enforcement Academy, and is a regular guest speaker for other criminal justice classes.

As the Chair of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and an enthusiastic instructor, he is committed to provide communities with police officers who are professional, dedicated and perform to the highest ethical standard. Every community member deserves and should expect this from their finest law enforcement officers.