Alex Payne is currently the Commissioner of the Department of Criminal Justice Training located in Richmond, Kentucky. He was most recently the Deputy Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police an agency he retired from as a Sergeant in 2004. His previous assignments with KSP were Post 9, Pikeville, Post 16, Henderson, and a founding member of the centralized Special Response Team. He was also the primary use of force instructor at the Kentucky State Police Academy for a number of years. Mr. Payne previously served as Operations Major, Sergeant and Patrol Officer with the Jeffersontown Police Department and as a Law Enforcement Specialist with the Kentucky League of Cities. He has conducted training for police, military, security and civilian personnel all across the United States and other countries. He is continually used as an expert witness in court cases involving police use of force, police training and tactics.
Alex and his wife Sheila have five children, Caleb, Matthew, Morgan, Molly and Emma. They are members of Saint Gabriel the Archangel Parrish and live just outside of Jeffersontown in the Fern Creek area.
John McGuire, Deputy Commissioner
John was most recently with the Kentucky Office of Inspector General, Drug Enforcement and Professional, Practices as a Branch Manager. John oversaw the Kentucky All Schedules Prescription Electronic Prescribing Program (KASPER), supervised criminal and administrative investigations related to the Kentucky Controlled Substances Act and supervised pharmacist/investigators, analysts and administrative assistants.
While a member of the Louisville Metro/Jefferson County Police John also had investigative and supervisory background with the Prescriptions Drug Unit, Violent Crimes Reduction Task force, US Marshals Violent Crimes Task and District Flex platoon.
His administrative supervisory background included the Louisville Metro Police Departments Inspection and Compliance section where he was responsible for developing policies and procedures for ensuring departmental compliance with applicable laws, ordinances and guidelines set out by OSHA, the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP) and the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
John’s educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Bellarmine University,a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, ESCP-European School of Management (Paris), International Business Management Murray State University, KYInstitute for International Studies, Immersion in Morelia, Mexico Spanish, a Police Instructor (Certified by Kentucky Law Enforcement Council) and a graduate of Saint Xavier High School.
John was also the President/CEO of the largest FOP in Kentucky and the ninth largest in the United States Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 614. He protected members’ employment rights by enforcing contract provisions and labor laws. Handling a number of issues relating to 2400+ members. Served as a legislative agent in Frankfort and Washington during the 2006-2009 legislative sessions.
John’s international experience includes Attended ESCP-Paris to study International Business Management in Paris, France, conducted training of police in El Salvador in handling and resolving conflict, Attending a five-week immersion program in Morelia, Mexico, including traveling throughout Mexico, Costa Rica and El Salvador.
Frank Kubala, Staff Assistant
Dr. Frank Kubala has recently begun serving in a new role at the Department of Criminal Justice Training as staff assistant in the Office of the Commissioner.
Kubala has been with DOCJT for more than 18 years. He began his service as a Basic Training instructor in June 1998. During that time, Kubala taught a range of topics including physical training, first aid, investigations and patrol. He also was on the ground floor of establishing Kentucky’s Peace Officer Professional Standards, assisting in the field testing that established today’s standards.
In 2001, Kubala was named supervisor of the Physical Training and Defensive Tactics section. He went on to serve as supervisor of the Investigations Section, then the Patrol/Traffic Section, before being named branch manager of Advanced Individual Training. Kubala served AIT in that role for 12 years.
Kubala became the assistant director of the DOCJT Training Operations Division in 2013, and served in that capacity until becoming staff assistant.
Prior to his DOCJT career, Kubala served the Lexington Police Department from Sept. 1992 to June 1998. He served his hometown of Hollywood, Fla. From March 1987 to Sept. 1992, where he worked patrol, served the street crimes unit, narcotics and SWAT team, as well as working in investigations.
Kubala earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University, a Master of Science degree in Safety and Security from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from EKU. Kubala also has served as an adjunct professor at EKU since 2004.
Kubala has been married to Demita for 27 years this October, and has two children, Alexandra and Nicholas.
Oakie Greer, Director, Training Operations Division
After spending more than 20 years in service to the Department of Criminal Justice Training, Oakie Greer recently was named DOCJT Training Operations Division Director.
Greer joined the agency in April 1996 as an instructor in the General Studies section of the Basic Training branch. He enjoyed a long career with the Lexington Police Department before joining DOCJT, beginning as a patrol officer in 1971. Greer had an interest in law enforcement training early in his career, and became a Kentucky Law Enforcement Council certified instructor in 1976. He spent two and a half years in LPD’s training unit and served as class coordinator for two Lexington recruit classes.
Greer also is responsible for developing the curriculum for the agency’s first Safety Officer Training program. He retired in 1995 from LPD at the rank of detective sergeant with multiple awards and commendations for his service.
Prior to his law enforcement career, Greer served our country in the U.S. Army. He served as an infantry rifleman in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, and then as the rifle squad leader while deployed to the Republic of South Vietnam. In 1969, Greer achieved the rank of sergeant and became a military instructor with the Army Americal Infantry Division Headquarters in Chu-Lai, South Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1970 as an infantry sergeant and instructor with a bronze star medal, and multiple other awards and commendations.
Greer is a 1974 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement. He has been a member of the Fraternal Order of Police for more than 40 years. He and his wife, Sondra, have been married for 46 years; have two sons, Jeremy and Jason, and three grandchildren.
John Schwartz , Assistant Director, Training Operations Division
John Schwartz recently was promoted to serve as the assistant director of the Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Training Operations Division.
Schwartz has served DOCJT for the past 11 years, joining the agency in Feb. 2005. He began his career with DOCJT as an instructor in the Advanced Individual Training Branch. There he taught classes including Criminal Investigation, Interview and Interrogation, Homicide Investigative Techniques and Cold Case Investigation.
Schwartz was promoted in August 2013 to become supervisor of the DUI Enforcement Section in DOCJT’s Basic Training Branch. He served in that role until May 2015, when he was named supervisor of the General Studies Section.
In August 2015, Schwartz was promoted again to serve as the branch manager of the Basic Training Branch, a role in which he served until being named to his new position.
Prior to his service to DOCJT, Schwartz served and retired from the New York City Police Department after a 20-year career. He spent 13 years there as a detective and was assigned to various units throughout his career, including patrol, plainclothes and robbery.
His final eight years of service to NYPD was spent working homicide squads in both Brooklyn South and the Bronx. Schwartz retired from NYPD at the rank of detective first grade.
Schwartz earned both his bachelor and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Justice Administration, from Tiffin University. He also is a graduate of the Criminal Justice Executive Development Class 18. Schwartz and his wife, Loriann, have been married for 27 years. They have three children in college, Justine, Christina, and James.
Phillip Crumpton, Special Assistant
Former Taylorsville Police Chief Phil Crumpton recently joined the Department of Criminal Justice Training as a special assistant in the DOCJT Louisville Section.
Crumpton served the Kentucky State Police for more than 20 years, beginning his career as a trooper in Frankfort in 1991. In his 11 years as a trooper, Crumpton served as a field training officer, participated in a Special Traffic Enforcement program, was an instructor for the Civilian Police Academy and served Spencer County Middle School as a D.A.R.E. officer.
In 2002, Crumpton was promoted to the rank of sergeant, serving in the Criminal Identification and Records Branch. The following year, Crumpton became the assistant commander in the KSP Media Relations Branch – a role in which he served until 2006, when he was promoted to lieutenant. He then took over as commander of the branch, acting as the primary KSP spokesperson.
Crumpton was promoted to captain in 2008 and assumed the role of commander at the Bowling Green KSP post. One year later, he took on the role of commanding the KSP training academy, overseeing training for 1,700 employees. Crumpton retired from his service to KSP in 2012.
In 2013, Crumpton joined the Wilmore Police Department as a major, serving as the operations officer. He became the Taylorsville Police chief in July 2014, where he served until accepting his new position at DOCJT.
Crumpton has an associate degree in Electronic Engineering and Technology from the RETS Electronics Institute. He is a longtime member of the KSP Professional Association, where he has served as the quartermaster and treasurer since June 2013. He also is a member of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police.
Kevin Rader, Director, Administrative Division
Kevin Rader has served as the assistant director of the Department of Criminal Justice Training Administrative Division since 2009.
Rader began his career at DOCJT in 2001 as a network analyst, after a stint as a computer analyst for Lexmark. In 2004, he was promoted to Information Systems Branch manager where he helped facilitate streamlining the database merger and numerous other business processes. He also worked closely with the fiscal management staff to streamline the billing process for DOCJT’s pay-for-training agencies.
In 2009, Rader promoted to assistant director of the Administrative Division. In that capacity, he handles the agency’s capital plan, coordinates DOCJT’s budget while building strong relationships with the state budget office, and works to receive funding for additional projects and budget requests to bolster DOCJT training efforts. In addition, Rader took the lead on the DOCJT heating, ventilation and air conditioning repair project. Rader also serves on DOCJT’s legislative team.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business Administration from Cumberland College.
Deaidra Douglas, Assistant General Counsel
With 15 years of law experience, Deaidra Douglas was named the assistant general counsel for the Department of Criminal Justice Training on Aug. 1, 2016. After earning her juris doctorate from the University of Kentucky, College of Law in 2001, Douglas served as a law clerk to the Bourbon County Circuit Court judge before joining the James Lovell Law Office as an associate attorney in 2002.
In 2004, Douglas opened a private practice in Paris, Ky. where she practiced in the areas of criminal defense; family/divorce; dependency, neglect and abuse; real estate; social security disability; and juvenile law. She also served as the Bourbon County Teen Court coordinator and as secretary and treasurer of the Kentucky Bar Association from 2005 to 2006.
Three years later, Douglas joined the Department of Public Advocacy where she served a 10-county area in central and eastern Kentucky. In 2009, she was promoted to directing attorney for the London DPA office. During this time, she attended the two-week Trial Practice Institute in Macon, Ga. and earned her death penalty certification.
While serving as directing attorney, Douglas managed circuit, district and family court coverages in five counties, practiced death penalty cases, acted as the Defense bar FAIR Team representative and Laurel County Teen Court coordinator. In addition, Douglas also managed internal personnel issues for the London DPA office, acting in compliance with the Commonwealth of Kentucky personnel standards, and she assisted with and presented department trainings.
Douglas also holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Eastern Kentucky University.
Pam Smallwood, Executive Staff Advisor, Special Assistant
Pam Smallwood has served as the executive staff advisor in the Office of the Commissioner since early 2014. She has served as a Department of Criminal Justice Training employee for 16 years.
Smallwood began as a part-time administrative assistant in support of Kentucky Police Corps, which was previously housed at DOCJT. She moved from there to serve Basic Training as the assistant to the branch manager. In late 2004, she became the assistant to the administrative director, ultimately serving in a dual role for the DOCJT deputy commissioner as well.
Smallwood has volunteered her time in administrative support for the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation since 2007. She and her husband, Bill, have three children; Katie, Tess and Hayley, and three grandchildren; Claire, Brogan and Aida.
Edliniae Sweat, Staff Assistant
Edliniae Sweat was named staff assistant in the Staff Services and Planning Section in 2014, now currently named Staff Services, Planning and Communication Section. She began her career with the Department of Criminal Justice Training in 1995 as a clerk chief in the Records and Registration Section.
Sweat also has served the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council office and the Commissioner’s office. She moved to her current role as staff assistant, providing support to the commissioner, and serving as the agency’s compliance officer for the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Sweat is responsible for ensuring DOCJT meets and exceeds CALEA accreditation standards by gathering compliance documentation and pushing out periodic reviews of agency policies.
The excellent staff of Staff Services, Planning and Communication also are responsible for conducting numerous client surveys to assist DOCJT in better understanding and meeting the training needs of its client agencies. The section coordinates all internal and external communication for the agency, including a quarterly magazine and all printed and online promotional materials.
Having served on many committees within and outside the agency and receiving multiple awards in her career, she repeatedly says “nothing is ever done solo, it’s always a team effort.”
She and her husband, Wesley, have been married for more than 30 years and have two adult children, Jasmine and Avery. Sweat firmly believes in Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Fran Root, Executive Director, Kentucky Law Enforcement Council
Hailing from a long career in law enforcement training and service, Fran Root was named executive director of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council on Sept. 1, 2016. He came to the Department of Criminal Justice Training in 2000, after retiring as assistant chief with the Lexington Police Department, where he served 27 years.
Root has enjoyed considerable success with multi-unit and multi-agency task force operations and has extensive experience in directing patrol operations. The majority of his law enforcement career was dedicated to criminal investigations, predominately in homicide and narcotics, and he ended his career as chief of detectives.
Root first joined DOCJT as the executive staff advisor for the Kentucky Police Corps program, where he transitioned the program into a full-scale operation and implemented signature programs that gained DOCJT national recognition. He went on to serve as a branch manager in the Basic, Skills and Advanced Individual Training branches. While serving in these capacities, Root facilitated the transition from 16 weeks to 18 weeks of basic training and helped incorporate patrol rifle courses and active shooter response training into the basic curriculum.
Root has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Webber-Seavy Award for the Lexington Police Department in 2002.
Root holds a bachelor’s degree in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, and he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session No. 180.