Past Presidents

  • Gordon Skeels

    Gordon Skeels - 1969

    Gordon Skeels served the Department between 1962 and 1990. He became Chief of Police in 1972. He served as the first MPOA President in 1969.

  • Jack Foley

    Jack Foley

    Jack Foley served the Department between 1964 and 1991. He rose thru the ranks and retired as a Sgt. Jack Foley served as MPOA President.

  • Jim Long

    Jim long

    Jim Long served the Department between 1976 and 1990. He rose thru the ranks and left the Department as a Sergeant before becoming a DMV Investigator. Jim Long served as MPOA President.

  • Harlan T Walters

    Harlan T. Walters

    Harlan T. Walters served the Department between 1970 - . He rose thru the ranks and became a Sergeant. Harlan T. Walters served as MPOA President.

  • John Kunkle

    John Kunkle

    John Kunkle served the Department between 1977 thru 1986. Kunkle was a Patrol Officer as a K-9 Officer. John Kunkle served as MPOA President.


  • Steve Detjen

    Steve Detjen

    Steve Detjen served the Department between 1973 and 1984. Detjen was assigned to Detectives and was later promoted to Sergeant. Detjen served as MPOA President.  

  • Charles Schmidt

    Charles “Chuck” Schmidt

    Charles Schmidtserved the Department between 1973 and 1976.

  • Tom Frasier

    Tom Frasier

    Tom Frasier served the Department from 1980 thru 1997. During that time, Tom was assigned as a Field Training Officer and a School Resource Officer. He further was one of the original K-9 handlers with the Department. Frasier served as MPOA President.


  • Keith Autry

    Keith Autry

    Keith Autry served the Department from 1979 to 2003. Keith Autry was one of the first K-9 Officers at the MPD when the program began in 1981. Keith served as the MPOA President.

  • Mark Martinez

    Mark Martinez

      Mark Martinez served the Department between 2001-2004.  Mark Martinez separated with the MPD and went to Fresno Police Department.

  • John Markle

    John Markle

    John Markle served the Department from 1995 until 2004. John rose thru the ranks, holding the position of Corporal and separating with the MPD as a Sergeant. John Markle is currently Lead Investigator for the Madera District Attorney’s Office.

  • Matthew Wiles

    Matthew Wiles - 2003

    Matt Wiles served the MPD from 1998 till 2014. Sgt. Wiles was a Field Training Officer and later assigned to Patrol. He further carried titles of Sergeant of the Honor Guard, Crisis Negotiations and Task Force. Sgt. Wiles served as MPOA President.


  • Ron Autry

    Ron Autry
    2000 - 2007

    Ron Autry served the Department between 1988 to 2011. Ron was a Task Force member and later Sergeant of MADCRU and Range Master. Ron held multiple positions in the Department and served as MPOA President.

  • Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith
    1997 - 2007

    Chuck Smith Served the Department from 1997 till 2007. Chuck Smith was assigned to Detectives and separated as a Sergeant of Patrol in 2007. Chuck Smith served as MPOA President.

  • Dino Lawson

    Dino Lawson
    2003 - 2012

    Dino Lawson served the MPOA as President from 2003-2012.  Dino Lawson currently is the Commander at the MPD.

  • Dan Foss

    Dan Foss
    2012 - 2017

    Dan Foss started with the MPD in 2003. Dan has been assigned to Detectives and as an FTO. He once was apart of the Honor Guard and was Sergeant of the Crisis Negotiations Team. Dan was promoted to Lieutenant in 2017. Dan served as MPOA President from 2012-2017.

  • Dan Foss

    Josiah Arnold
    2018 - 2019

    Josiah served as MPOA President from 2018-2019.

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