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Mount Vernon Campus Update

Regarding the status of operations for Sunday, September 25th: SVC MV Campus is open Sunday, 9/25/16 for normal operations, classes, and events. Our thoughts remain with the families of the victims during this tragic time.


Faculty and Advisory Committee

Bill Overby

Bill is the Department Chair and Instructor for the Administration of Justice Program. He serves as the Commander of the Parks Law Enforcement Academy and the 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

Jerry began his police career as a Police Explorer with Bellingham Police Department in 1971 and joined the Mount Vernon Police Department almost 34 years ago; currently he is the Administrative Services Lieutenant and 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 17 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 is a regular guest speaker for other criminal justice classes.

As a member of the Parks Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Committee and as an instructor for the academy, he is committed to provide park visitors with rangers who are professional, dedicated and perform to the highest ethical standard. Visitors of our parks deserve and should expect this from our finest law enforcement park rangers.

Robert Ingram

Robert Ingram is the Acting Chief of Visitor Protection and Law Enforcement for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. A former graduate of the Skagit Valley College Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program, Robert has been a commissioned employee with Washington State Parks since 1993. He has worked as a ranger in parks within each of the agency's four regions, including the SeaTac Area (Dash Point and Saltwater), Moran, Steamboat Rock, Fort Flagler, the Dosewallips Area (Lake Cushman and Potlatch), and Fay Bainbridge. In his role directing the Visitor Protection and Law Enforcement unit at the Washington State Parks headquarters office in Olympia, he manages the agency's Ranger Safety Team consisting of defensive tactics instructors, firearms instructors, fitness instructors, tactical communication instructors, boating enforcement instructors, bike patrol instructors, and armorers, and oversees the agency's 260+ commissioned staff. 

Robert is a Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission certified firearms instructor and master instructor of defensive tactics. For the past several years, he has been the primary instructor for the use of force, chemical agents, and TASER training components of the Parks Law Enforcement Academy (PLEA). Additionally, he assists with the delivery of defensive tactics, firearms, and scenario-based force training components.

Bob Vaux

Photo of  Bob VauxBob 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.

Scott Pool

Scott graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources/Wildlife Management. Scott came to Washington in 1987 and started working with Washington State Parks as a Park Aide at South Whidbey State Park. After completing the Park Ranger Basic Law Enforcement Academy at Everett Community College in 1989, Scott began his career as a Park Ranger with the City of Everett. He has spent the last 12 years of his 18-year career as Supervisor for the Park Ranger Division of the City of Everett Parks Department. Scott served the past nine years on Skagit Valley College advisory committees for the Parks Law Enforcement Academy and the Parks Operation and Maintenance Program.

Scott can be reached by email at or by calling 425.257.7307.

Zach Moore

Photo of Advisory Commitee Member Zach MooreZach is a captain with the United States Park Police. He has been serving in his current position as the Regional Law Enforcement Specialist for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service since October 2004. He assists in the administration of National Park law enforcement programs in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and Guam.

As a park service "brat", Zach grew up in the National Park Service with his father serving as Superintendent of numerous parks in the west. After graduating from Washington State University in 1987, Zach served one season at Mount Rainier National Park as an interpreter. Zach then attended the Santa Rosa Seasonal Law Enforcement Academy before being hired by the U.S. Park Police in December 1987.

Zach spent most of his career in the San Francisco Field Office. His many duties included patrol officer, horse mounted patrol officer, patrol sergeant, horse mounted patrol sergeant, and administrative lieutenant. Zach was promoted to captain in 2000 and was assigned to the Intermountain region of the National Park Service where he served four years in Santa Fe, New Mexico prior to his transfer to Seattle, Washington.

Zach can be contacted via email at or at 206-220-4110.