Captain Bill Carver (Retired)

Bill Carver has twenty-five years of police experience with increasing levels of administrative responsibility. He recently retired from the Santa Clara Police Department, serving his last five years as a Captain. Prior to his joining the police department, Bill also served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. These experiences as an officer in both the military and the police department give Bill a keen perspective concerning leadership and promotional preparation.

Bill in his years as a police supervisor and manager, developed his ability to supervise, mentor, train and work cooperatively with police officers of all ranks and responsibilities. As an instructor and leadership coach, his students and co-workers have consistently rated him as excellent in all categories.

Bill was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for disarming and arresting a Marine in a hostage situation while serving in the Marine Corp., he was also awarded the Santa Clara Police Department Lifesaving and Distinguished Service Awards during his police career.

Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He also graduated from the F. B. I. National Academy and also received the Law Enforcement Advisory Council Award for Instructional Excellence.

Deputy Chief Ken Ferguson (Retired)

Deputy Chief Ken Ferguson retired from the San Jose Police Department after 31 years of service. As Deputy Chief, Ken oversaw the Bureau of Administration, which had responsibilities for the recruiting, testing and screening for hire of all police officer candidates. During his tenure as Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Administration, Ken reviewed and oversaw the testing of over 6,000 applicants and he was the final hiring authority for all of the new police officer candidates hired by the San Jose Police Department.

Ken promoted within the department through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Chief. He has worked various assignments throughout his career as an Officer, Supervisor, Commander and Bureau Chief, which have given him vast experience and skills in training, investigations and administration.

Ken participated in writing testing material for both the written and oral examinations for supervisor and command level promotions for his department. He also served on many promotional oral boards as a rater and as Deputy Chief he was responsible for promotional decisions made, along with the other Deputy Chiefs, Assistant Chief and Chief of Police. All of these experiences have given him an unique perspective for candidate’s seeking to better prepare themselves for advancement in their agency as opportunities are presented.

Chief Edward Flores (Retired)

Edward Flores served as Chief of Corrections for the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections for seven years. His public safety career spans 35 years of outstanding service with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Corrections. Prior to serving as the Chief he served as Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief of Operations, Captain, and Special Operations Commander. While serving with the Sheriff’s Office his assignments included; Patrol – Field Training Officer, Warrants and Fugitives, Academy TAC Officer, Facility Training Officer, and Special Operations.

Retired Chief Flores has an extensive background in staff training and has taught a variety of courses. As the Chief of Corrections he elevated hiring practices and was directly involved in the hiring of hundreds of staff. Retired Chief Flores graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. In 2007 he was honored by San Jose State University as Distinguished Alumni of the Year, School of Applied Science and Arts - Justice Studies.


Chief Dan Ortega (Retired)

Daniel Ortega most recently served as Interim Chief of Police for the Morgan Hill Police Department while the city searched for a new Chief in 2010. He retired in 2009 from the Salinas Police Department after serving ten years as Police Chief. As the Chief of the Salinas Police Department, he oversaw a sworn staff of 187, 65 civilians and a $43 million dollar budget for a city with a population of 150,000. Dan began his 42-year police career in Stockton, California in 1966 and then lateral transferred to the San Jose, California Police Department in 1971. Dan rose from the rank of officer to Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Acting Assistant Chief and Deputy Chief. In 1999 Dan accepted the Chief of Police position with the City of Salinas.

Dan has helped many officers achieve promotion through his mentorship and counseling skills. He possesses a keen insight and knowledge for what it takes to promote and has been involved in the interviewing and selection process of numerous officers over the years. As Chief of Police he set the criteria, curriculum and final approval for his department promotions.

Dan holds a Masters of Science Degree in Management from CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, Pomona, CA, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior from the UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO, San Francisco, CA and a Non-accredited studies in “Techniques in Teaching,” from the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, Berkeley, CA. He attended San Jose STATE UNIVERSITY, San Jose, CA and has an Associate of Arts Degree in Police Science from the San Joaquin DELTA COLLEGE in Stockton, CA.