MSIA is organized exclusively for educational, fraternal and professional purposes. It promotes the free exchange of inter-agency information necessary to effectively carry out the work of the association members. It also provides continuing educational opportunities for governmental personnel engaged in investigative work and enhances the status of investigative work as a profession.
President: Larry Fish, Sheriff of Clinton County
After working as a computer network administrator, Larry started his career in law enforcement 10 years ago. Starting as a Jailer, he went on to Jail Administrator, then up to a DARE SRO and Road Deputy for Harrison and Clinton Counties. He then transferred over and began working for the Pleasant Valley Police Department, where he is currently a Detective Sergeant with the Investigations Unit. He has also worked as a Reserve Detective for Clay County Sheriff’s Department Investigations Unit. He has completed many training classes over the years; some are Clandestine Labs Operations, Detective School, DARE, Interview and Interrogation, Racial Profiling Instructor. He has received numerous letters of commendations from his own department, other departments and the City Board. He has served in the Fire service for over 15 years where he has obtained many training certificates to include: Auto Extrication Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, HazMat Operations, Fire Cause & Determination, and many more.
Vice President: Nick Miller, Missouri Dept. of Corrections
Nick began working with the Missouri Department of Corrections as an Investigator II with the Office of Inspector General in June of 2012. In January of 2015 Nick promoted to Investigator III, where he supervises a group of Investigators assigned within a district. His duties there include coordinating and overseeing assigned staff investigations as well as conducting internal and external criminal and administrative investigations. He served 8 years in the United State Army Military Police Corp as both an enlisted soldier and a commissioned officer.
Nick Graduated from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri in December of 2011, with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Nick has served as a firearms instructor and in 2015 became a Certified Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) Examiner. A native of Missouri, he resides in Jefferson City with his wife April and their two sons.
Treasurer: Dwight Miller, MO DWC-Fraud and Noncompliance Unit
Dwight has nearly 19 years as a law enforcement officer, serving with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, Versailles Police Department and the Moniteau County Sheriff’s office as the Chief Deputy. In November 1995, Dwight started with the MO Department of Corrections serving as the Institutional Investigator and 1998 was promoted to Investigator II of the Women’s Correctional Center located in Vandalia, MO. In September 2005, Dwight took an Investigator II position with the MO Department of Labor’s Division of Workers’ Compensation Fraud and Noncompliance Unit. In 2010, Dwight was promoted to an Investigator III. Outside of work, Dwight likes spending time outdoors, riding motorcycles and working in his yard.
Secretary: Denneta Amor, Higginsville Police Dept.
Denneta started her Law Enforcement career with the Higginsville Police Department in May, 1997. She has been a Police Officer there since 2004. She has been certified as a Crime Scene Investigator since 2004 and is a member of the Lafayette County Crime Scene Team. Denneta currently teaches DARE and coordinates a County-Wide Law Enforcement Day for all DARE age students. She has additional training in Interview and Interrogation, Crisis/Hostage Negotiation, Crisis Intervention, Fraud and Financial Crimes and various other courses.
Denneta is a currently a member of the Rural Major Case Squad and serves as Secretary for the Missouri River Valley Citizens Advisory Board. She is active in her community in other civic organizations and is a Reserve Deputy for the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office.
Les Kerr, US Attorney’s Office
Les has served as the Law Enforcement Coordinator in the US Attorney’s Office, Western District of Missouri, Kansas City, since November 13, 2001. He has been instrumental in the implementation of numerous innovative programs for the Weed & Seed Strategy, Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, Missouri Drug Endangered Children Program and the Human Trafficking Rescue Project. He is currently the Chief of the Law Enforcement Relations Unit, which includes all Law Enforcement Coordination activities as well as the Victim Witness Staff and Community Outreach. He is the Executive Board Member from Missouri for the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), one of the 6 RISS centers. Prior to joining the US Attorney’s Office, Les was the Criminal Investigator for the Platte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and an officer with the Riverside Police Department in the Kansas City area. Les has been a member of the MSIA since 2001 and is the longest serving president in the history of the association. A native of Missouri, he resides in Kansas City North with his wife and 2 children.
Cody Brewington, Missouri State University
Cody has attended the Missouri State Investigator Conference for the past five years. He works at Missouri State University in the Noncredit Outreach Department and offers the POST Law Enforcement and Private Investigator Continuing Education for the annual conference. He graduated from Missouri State in 2011, with a Master’s Degree in Criminology and a certification in Homeland Security and Defense. Cody became a member of the MSIA Executive Board in 2013.
Matt Hunter, Clay County Sheriff’s Office
Captain Matt Hunter is a 24 year veteran of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and currently the Division Commander of the Field Operations Division, he oversees Road Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Narcotic Investigations, and Tactical Operations (S.T.A.R. Team).
Captain Hunter started his career in the Detention Division and was soon transferred to the Narcotics Unit. During this time he conducted several hundred narcotic investigation to include covert purchasing of narcotics, search warrants, and reverse sales. He also assisted as a covert operative in homicide investigations and murder for hire cases.
After several years he transferred to the Road Patrol and assigned to the Special Tactics And Response or Tactical Team. His previous skills in the Narcotics Unit helped educate fellow deputies and tactical operators with interview and investigation skills of narcotics on street level. He also applied his training and experience to the calls for service in cases such as burglary, larceny, and broaden his investigational skills, which then led him to his next assignment as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Unit.
During this time he investigated hundreds of cases of various crimes to include homicide, attempted murder, burglary, larceny and yes even mailbox vandalism. However investigating various crimes made him a well-rounded law enforcement officer. He consistently had an 80% clearance rate of all cases for the next 9 years which led to his promotion to Detective Sergeant. He then began to instruct new detention personnel in report writing, crime scene processing, evidence collection. At which time he became a guest instructor for the Missouri State Investigators Association where he gave instruction on death investigation, interview and interrogations.
He is the past Vice President of the Missouri State Investigators Association and current Board Member, and current Executive Board Member and Director of Region1 Northern Missouri of the Missouri Crime Prevention. Currently graduated from the Northwestern University of Police Command Staff and NTOA SWAT Command Training. He has a passion for education and passing his knowledge on to younger law enforcement officer to prepare them better for the world they have not truly seen yet.
John McCarthy, Special Services
John has 30 years of Law Enforcement experience. He began his career with the
St. Louis University Police Department in 1978 and rose to the rank of Sergeant. After a 7 year stint with the New York Life Insurance Co., John returned to law enforcement with the Foristell, MO Police Department from 1992 through 1998. During this time, he became the Senior Firearms Instructor at the Eastern Missouri Law Enforcement Police Academy for 7 years where he taught Firearms to both recruits and in-service trainees, along with other law enforcement subjects. Commissioned as Special Deputy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, he helped train the newly formed SWAT Team and served on the team for 3 years. In 1996, John was selected to be one of the 500 worldwide police officers to protect the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA.
He served the Charlack Police Department for 16 years, where he was the Assistant Team Leader for the Tactical Team. In 2002, John was again selected to protect the Olympic Games, this time in Salt Lake City, Utah.
John has concurrently served with SPECIAL SERVICES where he now is a Supervisory Senior Agent providing protection to numerous entities, including visiting foreign dignitaries, conducting protective, civil and criminal investigations as well as designing event logistics.
A Certified Protection Professional, John served as President of the Missouri Association of Private Investigators for 5 Years. He holds certificates as a Police Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Chemical Agents Instructor, and Hostage Negotiations from the FBI, SWAT I, SWAT II, and SWAT Supervisor from the IACP.
JJ Goulbourne, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office
JJ is currently the Executive Director of the Center for National Threat Assessment / American Board for Certification in Homeland Security. Prior to that he was the IT Manager for the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library District. He has been with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office for the past 10 years. Prior to that, he was the Investigator and System Administrator with the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office. He previously worked for the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office for 5 years as System Administrator and 1 of 3 Investigators, and a Reserve Deputy with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Training Division as a Firearms Instructor.
He spent 4 years as an IT Technician with the Greene County Information Systems Department. He has a total of 23 years law enforcement experience. Previous law enforcement experience includes: Lieutenant with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office as Reserve Division Commander, Patrol Officer with the Monett Police Department, Patrol Corporal, DARE Officer, Crime Prevention Officer and School Resource Officer for the Aurora Police Department, Patrol Officer with the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida Police Dept., and Reserve Officer with Ft. Walton Beach, Florida Police Dept.
He is a Military Veteran with 16 years Military experience. He served 6 years on active duty with the United States Air Force and 10 years with the Missouri Army National Guard. He also has several IT related certifications. He has several law enforcement certifications to include: Generalist Instructor (Missouri Sheriffs Training Academy), Firearms Instructor, SWAT Officer certification through the North American SWAT Training Association. Additionally he serves as Website Administrator for the Missouri Law Enforcement Funeral Assistance Team and the Missouri State Investigators Association.
David Millsap, Sheriff of Laclede County
Captain David Millsap, BS., MS has 30-years of experience in the Criminal Justice Field. Captain Millsap has served as the Section Commander for Criminal Investigations, Special Investigations, Traffic Section and Patrol Section for the Springfield Police Department. He has supervised the Community Policing Unit, Patrol Unit and the Training Academy. Captain Millsap is recently retired from the Springfield Police Department where he served as Criminal Investigations Division Commander. He has worked as a patrol officer, detective and task force officer both for the Springfield Police Department and the Laclede County Sheriff’s Department. He also spent 10-years as the Juvenile Officer in the 26th Circuit Court. Millsap is an adjunct professor for Drury University in Leadership Development and Organizational Law and Policy. David and his wife Tammy live in Lebanon, MO and have two children and two grandchildren.
Megan Houseman, Jackson Police Department
Megan began her career in Law Enforcement, in February of 2005, at the Herculaneum Police Department, in Jefferson County. After working there for just over a year, she began working for the Maplewood Police Department, in St. Louis County. Megan was promoted to the position of Corporal, worked in the narcotics division, the St. Louis County Fugitive Task Force, and was a Crisis Intervention Team Officer. She also received three Medals of Valor in 2008, an award of excellence, and a letter of accommodation.
In March of 2011, Megan moved to the City of Jackson and began working for the Jackson Police Department, in Cape Girardeau County. While at the Jackson Police Department, she was promoted to Corporal and became part of the Bike Patrol. In 2013, Megan was transferred from the patrol division to the criminal investigations division, where she is currently holds the position of Detective. Megan has received the Chief’s Award of Excellence and a Respect for Law Award.
During Megan’s eleven years of Law Enforcement, she has received training in numerous areas to include, Crisis Intervention Training, EVOC, Interview and Interrogation, DEA Narcotics Investigation, Critical Incident and Response, Domestic Violence, Background Investigation, Gunderson’s National Child Protection/ChildFirst Missouri, Medicolegal Death Investigator, and she has attended the National Homicide Seminar. Megan is also a member of the Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad and has been a member of the Missouri Investigators Association since 2014.
Eric Berwanger, MO Dept. of Agriculture
Eric began working for the Missouri Department of Agriculture as a Grain Regulatory Auditor in 1998. His duties include supervising the grain warehouse auditors throughout the state as well as conducting investigations of all types within the agriculture industry. Eric conducts financial investigations of all types within the grain industry, mostly in cases of fraud, embezzlement, stealing by deceit, and grain theft.
Eric served as an Engineer Officer in the US Army Reserves for over 28 years attaining the rank of LTC. His last assignment was senior instructor for the US Army Command and General Staff College, Ft Leavenworth, KS.
Eric will serve on the Financial/Audit committee for the MSIA.