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Faculty and Advisory Committee

Bill Overby

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Bill is the Director of the Skagit Valley College Public Safety Academies and serves as Commander of the Parks Law Enforcement Academy and Basic Law Enforcement Reserve Academies 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.

A graduate of Washington State University (Bachelor of Arts, 1972), Bill completed his Masters in Criminal Justice degree (2009) through Boston University. 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 2006 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 encourages his students by stressing professional core values, balance, life-long learning, and a commitment to being "the best that you can be."

Bill can be contacted via email at or at 360.416.7829.

Jerry Dodd

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Jerry began his police career as a Police Explorer with the Bellingham Police Department in 1971 and joined the Mount Vernon Police Department 37 years ago; he was appointed by Mayor Jill Boudreau as the Chief of Police on November 16, 2012. Before the appointment, he had overseen the department's patrol, administrative, investigations and crime prevention divisions. Over the years, he has instituted numerous programs, received several department commendations and is the accreditation manager. Jerry implemented the first Citizens’ Academy in February of 1994 and is a long time instructor.

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 Executive Academy, FBI-LEEDA Executive Leadership Institute, 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 the Past President of the Skagit Rotary Club, and served many years on the Charitable Foundation Association.  He currently serves on a variety of community boards and is involved in various community activities. And, was a school board member at the Mount Vernon Christian School.

In addition, for the past 20 years he has been an adjunct member at Whatcom Community College and Skagit Valley College, where he teaches a variety of classes in the Criminal Justice Program. He also instructs for the Basic Reserve Law Enforcement Academy, Parks Law Enforcement Academy, and is a regular guest speaker for other criminal justice classes.

Robert Ingram

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Robert Ingram has served as the Chief of Visitor Protection and Law Enforcement for Washington State Parks since 2010. A former graduate of Skagit Valley College’s third Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP), Chief Ingram has been a commissioned employee with Washington State Parks since 1993. During this time, he worked as a park ranger at Dash Point, Saltwater, Moran, Steamboat Rock, Fort Flagler, Lake Cushman, Potlatch, and Fay Bainbridge state parks. Additionally, he served from 2002-2008 as the Assistant Chief responsible for law enforcement training, and as the Acting Chief in 2009. As Chief, he directs the agency’s law enforcement activities, including those of the Ranger Safety Team consisting of defensive tactics instructors, firearms instructors, fitness instructors, tactical communication instructors, boating enforcement instructors, bike patrol instructors, and armorers.

Chief Ingram is a Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission certified firearms instructor and master instructor of defensive tactics. He has served as an instructor at Skagit Valley College’s Parks Law Enforcement Academy (PLEA) for use of force, defensive tactics, firearms, chemical agents, TASER, and scenario-based training.

Bob Vaux

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Bob Vaux is the former Director of Skagit County Parks & Recreation. Bob has served the parks & recreation field since 1989 in capacities ranging from Forest Lands Manager to Day Camp Director. A third generation Skagitonian, Bob's grandfather, Harv Vaux, was a member of the Mount Vernon School Board when the current site of Skagit Valley College was selected. Bob graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon with a BA in Religious Studies, and has been spreading the good word of parks & recreation ever since. Father of two and husband of one, Bob and his family live in Anacortes.

Richard Patton

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Parks have always been in my blood.  I love to explore local, State and National Parks. In fact, I was born in a park in Seattle.  I was born at Fort Lawton Army Hospital, which is now Discovery Park. As a child I lived close to several Snohomish County Parks. As a young boy, my Dad used to take me hiking in Lund’s Gulch long before it became Meadowdale Beach Park. Later in life I began my full time career with Snohomish County Parks as the first Park Ranger Meadowdale.

I am very proud to have been working with Snohomish County Parks my entire career. I worked as a Park Aide for a season and then worked as a Park Ranger for two seasons. I was an on-site ranger/caretaker for 13 years.  I served as a Park Ranger for 19 years and then became the Park Operations Supervisor in 2006. We have great staff at Snohomish County Parks which makes our department a great place to work.

I completed the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Academy in 1986. I also graduated from the Skagit Valley College Parks Law Enforcement Academy in 1994.  I have been on the academy’s advisory board since 2007 and am currently serving as the board’s chair.

Some of my outside passions include:
I enjoy Landscape Photography, I spend a lot of time behind the camera. I am an avid hiker and mountaineer. I have summited Mt Rainer, Mt Adams and Mt Baker, along with several minor peaks in Washington and Oregon.  I love bicycling and have even done the STP as a one-day rider. I just can’t wait to get outside!