HISTORY OF PCAN

The concept of a state police chiefs association was a vision of Jim Ruberson, a former Police Chief from Hastings. PCAN was established in 1987 under the leadership of Jim Ruberson. It was through Jim’s initiative and persistence that the Police Chiefs Association of Nebraska, PCAN, was established. Jim traveled the State visiting with the many Police Chiefs promoting the need for an organization that would represent them.

The Association experienced the typical growing pains of any new organization. Issues such as what to name the organization, whether to be a separate organization or a division of the Police Officers Association of Nebraska, and the drafting of bylaws were just to name a few.

An early initiative of PCAN was to establish a State accreditation process that would give departments which could not afford national accreditation the opportunity to acquire recognition for adhering to professional standards. The concept of agency accreditation lost momentum over the years and eventually the State accreditation program was ended. Several police departments received state accreditation through PCAN while the program existed.

PCAN continues to work in maintaining the momentum it has achieved over the past several years.  The opinion of PCAN, as well as its support, is now sought on a regular basis.  Members now routinely testify during committee hearings on select bills.  PCAN is stepping up its effort to represent all police chiefs and law enforcement in the State by ensuring that a strong message is delivered to lawmakers, government officials and policy makers unaware of the already burdensome role of policing in these budget strapped times.

President

Chief Kevin E. Spencer, Scottsbluff Police Department

BACKGROUND

  • Chief of Police, Scottsbluff Police Department
  • Captain, Scottsbluff Police Department
  • Chief of Police, Morrill Police Department
  • Deputy Sheriff, Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Detective, Great Bend Police Department
  • Graduate of the FBI National Academy
  • Graduate of the American Military University – BA, Criminal Justice

First Vice President

Chief Robert Falldorf, Grand Island Police Department

BACKGROUND

  • Chief of Police, Grand island Police Department
  • Captain, Grand Island Police Department
  • Sergeant, Grand Island Police Department
  • Police Officer, Grand Island Police Department
  • Graduate of FBI National Academy
  • Graduate of University of Nebraska at Omaha – MA, Public Administration
  • Graduate of University of Nebraska at Kearney – BS, Criminal Justice

2nd Vice President

Chief Bruce Ferrell, Wahoo Police Department

BACKGROUND

  • Chief of Police, Wahoo Police Department
  • Police Officer – Part-Time, Valley Police Department
  • Background Investigator, Bellevue Police Department
  • Police Officer, Omaha Police Department

Past President

Chief Steve Hensel, Crete Police Department

BACKGROUND

  • Chief of Police, Crete Police Department
  • Deputy Sheriff, Saline County Sheriff’s Office
  • Retired Colonel, U.S. Army, National Guard and Reserves
  • Graduate of the U.S. Army War College – MS, Strategic Studies
  • Graduate of University of Nebraska – BS, Criminal Justice
  • Past President of PCAN 2019 and 2020

Secretary

Retired Chief Mark Kula, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Police Department

BACKGROUND

  • Police Officer – Part Time, Plattsmouth Police Dept.
  • Retired National Office Regional Chief of Police, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Retired Nebraska/Western Iowa Chief of Police, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Deputy Chief, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Sergeant, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Police Officer, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Instructor, Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Senior Special Agent, U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Police Officer, Fremont Police Department
  • Graduate of Midland Lutheran College – BA, Business Administration

Treasurer

Retired Chief Tim Lordino, Chadron Police Department

BACKGROUND

  • Investigator, Nebraska Attorney General’s Office
  • Retired Chief, Chadron Police Department
  • Lieutenant, Gering Police Department
  • Investigator, Gering Police Department
  • Police Officer, Gering Police Department
  • Graduate of FBI National Academy
  • Past President of PCAN

Region 1 Director

Chief Daniel Hudson, North Platte Police Department

BACKGROUND

  • Chief of Police, North Platte Police Department
  • Retired Lieutenant, Los Angeles Police Department
  • Sergeant, Los Angeles Police Department
  • Officer, Los Angeles Police Department
  • Graduate of Woodbury University – MA, Organizational Leadership
  • Graduate of Union Institute and University – BS, Criminal Justice

Region 2 Director

Chief Bryan Waugh, Kearney Police Department

BACKGROUND

  • Chief of Police, Kearney Police Department
  • Commander, Special Operations Division, LaVista Police Department
  • Captain, LaVista Police Department
  • Sergeant, LaVista Police Department
  • Detective, LaVista Police Department
  • Police Officer, LaVista Police Department
  • Security Police, United States Air Force
  • Graduate of the FBI National Academy
  • Graduate of Metro Community College – AA, Criminal Justice
  • Graduate of Bellevue University – BA, Management 
  • Graduate of University of Oklahoma – MA, Administrative Leadership

Region 3 Director

Chief Steve Rathman, Plattsmouth Police Department

BACKGROUND

  • Chief of Police, Plattsmouth Police Department
  • Training Officer, Grand Island Police Department
  • Sergeant, Grand Island Police DepartmentDeputy Sheriff, Hall County Sheriff’s Department
  • Graduate of the FBI National Academy
  • Graduate of Doane University – MA, Management
  • Graduate of University of Nebraska – BS, Criminal Justice

 

Administrative Assistant

Katie Parks, Chadron Police Department

BACKGROUND

  • Administrative Secretary, Chadron Police Department
  • Graduate of Chadron State College, BA, Business Administration