Press Release

ATA Announces Formation of Law Enforcement Advisory Board

Mar 24, 2021

Panel will focus on strengthening trucking’s relationship with law enforcement organizations

Today, the American Trucking Associations announced the formation of its Law Enforcement Advisory Board—a new panel that will advise the ATA Federation on ways to grow and strengthen relationships between the trucking industry and law enforcement organizations across the country. The board is comprised of ATA members who have previous experience in federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as current and retired law enforcement officials who have contributed positively to the partnership between both groups.

“No two groups have a stronger and more consistent presence on our nation's highways than law enforcement officers and American truckers,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Therein lies a strategic opportunity for greater collaboration, increased communication, and new bonds. The incredible depth and breadth of experience represented on this board will be an invaluable asset for our industry, the law enforcement community, and the safety of the motoring public alike.” 

The 23 members of the Law Enforcement Advisory Board will convene bimonthly to identify areas of opportunity and provide recommendations on priority issues. During its inaugural meeting, held virtually last week, the board identified primary issues it will focus on in the coming weeks and months, including combatting human trafficking; increasing truck parking capacity and ensuring driver safety at rest stops; commercial motor vehicle safety and security; and enhancing access to training for drivers and company safety personnel. 

The 23 Advisory Board Members are:

  • Derek Barrs, HNTB Corporation
  • Joe Allen Boyd, professional driver, Walmart Inc.
  • Rick Cates, Marsh USA Inc.
  • Tim Cardwell, National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Assistance Center 
  • Butch Day, Yellow Corporation 
  • Jeff DeVere, DeVere Public Affairs and Consulting
  • Floyd Dixon, FedEx Freight
  • Fred Fakkema, Zonar Systems, Inc.
  • Jeff Ferber, ABF Freight System
  • Kent Grisham, Nebraska Trucking Association
  • Chris Harris, ABF Freight System
  • Parker Harrison, Old Dominion Freight Line
  • Jim Kochenderfer, Werner Enterprises 
  • Mike Martin, Old Dominion Freight Line 
  • John McKown, professional driver, UPS Freight
  • Ray Miller, McAnally Wilkins Insurance 
  • Dana Moore, Texas Trucking Association
  • Janice Mulanix, PrePass Alliance
  • Myron Rau, South Dakota Trucking Association
  • John Spiros, Roehl Transport
  • Jeffrey Tippit, City of La Porte Police Department 
  • Christopher Vinson, Midlothian Police Department 
  • Donnie Ware, ABF Freight System

The LEAB members have current or previous affiliation with the following 27 law enforcement entities:

  • California Highway Patrol 
  • City of La Porte, Texas Police Department 
  • Clay County, West Virginia Sheriff's Department 
  • DeSoto, Texas Police Department 
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation 
  • Florida Highway Patrol 
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas Police Department
  • Fremont, Nebraska Police Department 
  • Gassaway, West Virginia Police Department 
  • Howard County, Maryland Police Department
  • Jackson, Tennessee Police Department
  • Madison County, Florida Sheriff’s Department 
  • McKinney, Texas Police Department 
  • Midland, Texas Police Department 
  • Midlothian, Texas Police Department 
  • National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Assistance Center 
  • North Carolina Highway Patrol 
  • Ocean City, Maryland Police Department 
  • Pennsylvania Game Commission 
  • U.S. Air Force Security Police 
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • U.S. Navy Military Police 
  • Rowlett, Texas Police Department 
  • Sarpy County, Nebraska Sheriff's Office 
  • South Dakota Highway Patrol 
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Washington State Patrol