Major County Sheriffs’ Association/
Major Cities Chiefs Association,
Joint Conference
February 8-9, 2017
Washington, DC 

The Major County Sheriffs’ Association is pleased to advise it will be convening its annual winter conference in Washington, DC at the JW Marriott Hotel beginning with a welcome reception on Tuesday February 7, 2017 followed by a joint meeting with the Major Cities Chiefs February 8th-9th. This is a biennial event brings together the Sheriffs and Chiefs of the largest jurisdiction across the country to discuss critical issues relating to public safety and the law enforcement profession.

As in past years, the agenda includes presentations from Executive Administration officials and members of Congress who lead Federal Agencies or serve on Committees and working groups addressing matters of concern to the members of the Associations. We ask each of the presenters to reserve some of their allotted time to engage the participants in a ‘conversation’ so we might clearly articulate our concerns and positions relative to issues within their area of responsibilities.

With the election results of this past November there are considerable changes taking place that have directly impacted on our ability to receive timely responses to our invitations to include nomination hearings in the Senate that are currently underway. Further, cabinet level positions in many instances need to be filled first before heads of agencies are nominated and processed. We are working diligently with our counterparts in the Major Cities Chiefs to lock down the agenda as quickly as possible.

Here is some information regarding the agenda we do have in place:

  1. The conference will begin with a welcome reception on Tuesday 2/7 at 6 pm at the JW Marriott Hotel.
  2. A joint conference meeting will begin on Wed 2/8 at 8:30am following breakfast and conclude at approximately 5pm. We are working on a number of presentations from the Administration and Members of Congress.
  3. Director James Comey will be addressing the conference on the morning of 2/8 with the time to be determined.
  4. On Wednesday, we will have an event at the Holocaust Museum beginning around 6pm. This event will include a social event of beverages and finger foods.
  5. On Thursday, the two association will have separate meeting for their membership. At the MCSA we will have a presentation by the FBI on some of the terrorist events that have recently occurred and a briefing from DEA concerning the drug trafficking trends are related illegal activity.
  6. We will have a round table discussion where each sheriff is given an opportunity to identify what success they have had this past year and what are the big challenges they are currently facing.
  7. We will also discuss the work of the association concerning important issues such as going dark, use of force, and expectations for the new administration. We will also dig into some of the legislative challenges and opportunities we will have in 2017.
  8. We will also discuss with members the work of a strategic planning subcommittee and the elections for some E-Board positions that will occur during the summer meeting in Reno Nevada June 22-23, 2017.
  9. Once again in September of 2017 there will be a third meeting held on Mackinac Island.
  10. The MCSA meeting is scheduled to conclude by 4pm on Thursday.

I hope this will provide some general information about the conference until we have an opportunity to confirm more of our speakers.

To make reservations at the JW Marriott, please click here.

To register for the conference, please click here:

Please note: the registration portal is also located on the National Sheriff’s Association website. If you are uncertain as to your registration category, please review the document provided when registering. If you are having any technical difficulties with registration, please contact: Andy Grant at (612) 414 6962 or Other registration questions can be directed to Michael Ferrence:

General Conference Overview

JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004

(202) 393-2000


President's Remarks - Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens

  • Presentation of the Flag, Loudoun County Honor Guard
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Member Introductions
  • Corporate Partner Introductions
  • 2016 Annual Report
  • 2018 Election of Officers during June 2017 meeting
  • Shining Star Awards - Sheriff John McMahon and Sheriff Bob Gualtieri

FirstNet Update - Mike Bostic, Senior LE Advisor

Response to Terrorist Attacks in America - Carl Ghattas, Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division, FBI

Homeland Security - Sheriff Rich Stanek and Sheriff John McMahon

Merger of MCSA/MCCA Intelligence Commanders Groups

NHSC, CICC, and Related Matters

COPS Grant, Community Trust, a Shared Responsibility - Sheriff Dave Mahoney

  • Objective of Project
  • Survey Instrument distributed to members

Round Table Discussion

Use of Force Issues, Reporting and MCSA Position - Sheriff Bob Gualtieri

Going Dark & ECPA - Sheriff Al Cannon & Laura Cooper

Lunch - Hosted by TASER, Presentation on BWC, Rick Smith, CEO

Illegal Sports Betting and Public Safety Implications- Brian Cohen, Director of Strategic Alliances, American Gaming Association

VALOR Program - Patty Hodges, Senior Manager IIR and Rick Gregory, President and CEO IIR

Financial Report - Sheriff John Aubrey

Strategic Planning Subcommittee - Sheriff Grady Judd

Current Trends in Drug Trafficking and Enforcement - Douglas W. Poole, DEA

Round Table Discussion

Cyber Threat Impact on the US and Local Law Enforcement (TBD)

Review of Critical Issues for 2017 - Sheriff Mike Bouchard & Laura Cooper

Closing Remarks

  • Summer Conference Reno, NV June 22-23, 2017
  • Fall Joint Training Session with the National Executive Institute Associates, Mackinac Island, Michigan Sept. 18-22, 2017

Upcoming Meetings and Conferences

Summer Meeting: June 22 and 23, 2017 Reno, NV

The conference will begin with an opening luncheon at noon Thursday and conclude at 4pm on Friday. More information concerning conference registration and hotel reservations will be posted in the near future.

Fall Meeting: September 18-22, 2017 Mackinac Island, MI

The Grand Hotel
This biennial event is currently in the planning stages and information will be provided as it is available. Note: Monday September 18th and Friday September 22nd are travel days. For those of you who have not attended this event in the past be aware that travel requires advanced planning. Information concerning travel options will be provided sufficiently in advance to allow you to make an informed decision.

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