Chief (Ret.) Jon Fehlman has served in law enforcement since 1984. His community oriented career has been through police service and other community-based services. His commitment to forging relationships that last a lifetime and strengthens communities led to his recognition by the International Community Oriented Policing Conference with their James Q. Wilson award. Chief Fehlman also received a Medal of Valor as well as numerous recognitions and commendations during his career.
Chief Fehlman is the owner of Thatcher Lewis, LLC based in Murfreesboro, TN. He works with police departments to facilitate the discussions of the issues facing law enforcement and the community. He has traveled throughout the United States speaking and teaching law enforcement in association with the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI LEEDA). His greatest professional passion is helping leaders lead and develop others. Chief Fehlman provides leadership training through all levels of organizations on topics including The President’s 21st Century Policing Report, personal and organizational credibility, liability, ethics, community building, wellness, and leadership training for tomorrow’s leaders. Chief Fehlman serves on the advisory board of the Institute for American Police Reform (IAPR) a non-partisan organization providing guidance on policing laws and policies, police accountability and partnerships in the community, leadership development, and police standards and training development.
Chief Fehlman has extensive experience in police officer involved critical incidents. He has investigated incidents from both the administrative and criminal perspective. He has served on the board of directors for National Alliance for Mental Illness-Sonoma County and engaged his communities on mental health and policing relationships.
Chief Fehlman has a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University-Long Beach and a Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.