ILACP Board Of Officers

PRESIDENT 2024-2025


Chief Marc Maton began his law enforcement career as an Illinois State Police trooper in 1986. From 1988 through 2003, his primary assignments were in drug units and multi-jurisdictional task forces. In 2003, he was given the Command of Zone 3 in Joliet. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief of Field Operations. In 2012, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Illinois State Police, where he served until his retirement in December 2014.

In January 2015, Maton was appointed Chief of Police for the Lemont Police Department. Chief Maton is currently the Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. He is Past President of the IRMA Police Chiefs Steering Committee and is an Executive Board member of the Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association and the Illinois Homicide Investigators Association. Maton currently serves on the Executive Board of the Illinois Security Professionals Association and on the IACP Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Committee.

Maton was the Illinois Crime Commission Police Chief of the Year in 2017. In 2019 he received the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Presidents Award and was honored as the Illinois Association of Chiefs Police Chief of the Year in 2020.

Maton has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a Master’s in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University. He is married with three sons and resides in Plainfield, Illinois.



Joe Leonas became the Chief of Police for the Village of Lincolnshire, Illinois in 2016.

He began his law enforcement career in 1990 with the Village of Bartlett, Illinois. Over the course of his 26-year career, he held various positions including: Detective, Crime Prevention Officer, School Resource Officer, Sergeant, Investigations Commander, and Deputy Chief.

Leonas also served as the Case Management Commander on the Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT) – a homicide task force comprised of over 22 police agencies in Cook County – and was responsible for the development of MCAT’s Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) Team.

Leonas graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in English and received his master's degree from Western Illinois University in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. Leonas also graduated from Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff & Command, as well as the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Leonas has instructed police officers since 1998 in many areas, including: homicide investigations, juvenile justice, police applicant backgrounds, leadership & management, and internal affairs. In addition to teaching for the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Leonas is an adjunct professor at DePaul University in Chicago. Leonas also taught at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy (SLEA), Northeast Multi-Regional Training (NEMRT), Aurora University, and the College of DuPage.

Leonas currently serves as the President on the Executive Board of the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association, Secretary on the Advisory Board of Directors for North East Multi-Regional Training (NEMRT), and Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT). 




Chief Dan Ryan started his law enforcement path in 1995 as an Auxiliary Deputy with the Sangamon County Sheriff's Department. In 1996, he was hired as a Civil Process Server with Sangamon County and then as a Part-Time Officer in Pleasant Plains, IL. He was hired in 1997 as the Assistant Coordinator of Police Training with the Law Enforcement Training Advisory Commission. In 1998, Chief Ryan took over the duties of Police Training Coordinator for LETAC, where he still serves today. In the winter of 1998, Chief Ryan was selected as a part-time officer with the Leland Grove Police Department and, in February 1999, he was promoted to full-time status. Chief Ryan has since risen through the ranks to his current position.

Dan Ryan has been a member of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police for many years and has served on the Education committee as well as the Training committee of this organization.

He has held or currently holds the following certifications: Firearms Instructor, Range Master Instructor, Patrol Rifle Instructor, Pressure Point Control Tactics Instructor, Law Enforcement Video Instructor, DUI Field Sobriety Instructor, Taser Instructor, Juvenile Officer, Evidence Officer, Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer, Internal Affairs Supervisor, Field Training Officer/Supervisor, FOIA Officer and Bike Patrol Officer.

Chief Ryan and his wife, Shannon, have been married for 20 years and they have four children. They are active members of St. Jude's Catholic Church, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. 













Dr. Laura L. V. King currently serves as the Chief of Police for the McHenry County Conservation District. Prior to her current assignment she served as the Commander of the Support Services Division of the McHenry, Illinois, Police Department from 1996-2016.

She began with the McHenry department in 1996 as a patrol officer, developing community-oriented policing programs and being designated as a crisis-intervention, field-training, and juvenile officer.  Dr. King was also an inspector with the North Central Narcotics Task Force, responsible for both overt (tactical) and covert (undercover) narcotics operations while assigned to a multiagency specialized unit.  During this time, she acquired advanced training in surveillance, interviewing, and management of narcotics investigations, as well as experience in working cooperatively with local, state, and federal agencies. 

In 2003, Dr. King became a detective, conducting general investigations with specialty areas of asset forfeiture, financial crimes, sexual assault, crimes against children, crimes against the elderly, forensic interviewing, and evidence processing and handling.  When she became a patrol/administrative sergeant, Dr. King’s responsibilities increased to include supervision of staff members, quality assurance for written reports, scheduling, productivity monitoring, and grant program management.  She continued these roles when she became commander in 2012 where she also became responsible for the administrative division operations of the police department. 

Dr. King is an adjunct instructor in the criminal justice and psychology programs at McHenry County College in Woodstock, Illinois.  She previously worked as an adjunct instructor in the criminal justice programs at both Judson University and Columbia College of Missouri. In addition, she is a state-certified instructor for a variety of criminal justice courses at Northern Illinois Multi-Regional Training, Inc.   

Dr. King has had many officer wellness related articles published in various professional journals.  She works as a subject matter expert for BJA’s VALOR for Blue program and travels the country speaking on matters of mental wellness, psychological resiliency and physical fitness. 

Dr. King received her doctorate of philosophy and her master’s degree in psychology at Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota; she received a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice management from Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. She is a graduate of both Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and of Session 265 of the FBI’s National Academy. 

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Chief Patrick L. Kreis began his police career in 1991 after serving in the US Army Special Forces. He previously worked as a SWAT team leader for a large mutual aid partnership where he now serves as the organization’s president. He has been a Chief of Police for over 10 years, first with the Winnetka Police Department before joining the Vernon Hills Police Department in 2017. Chief Kreis is an experienced law enforcement trainer, state certified to teach a variety of police topics. 

Chief Kreis is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Northwestern University School of Police Staff & Command. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Business Administration. He and his wife of thirty years have three children.




With over 23 years in law enforcement, Chief Darren Gault has had the privilege to serve both the City of East Moline and the City of Moline. He began his current position as Chief of Police for the Moline Police Department in 2019 after completing a robust career in East Moline to include patrol, investigations, FBI Gang Task Force and administration. 

Gault holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Political Science and a Master of Organizational Leadership degree. In addition, he is a 2017 graduate of the FBI National Academy and an ILACP Certified Police Chief. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Quad Cities Metropolitan Enforcement Group, Quad Cities Open Network and Quad Cities Rush soccer.

Gault recognizes the challenges of law enforcement including staffing, recruiting, image management, reform legislation and, of course, still providing public safety for our communities. He is honored to serve ILACP and to be a strong voice for the Northwest and Central Illinois membership.




Kirk Brueggeman began his law enforcement career with the O'Fallon Police Department in 1999.  Over the past 24 years, he has served the city of O'Fallon in many roles culminating in his appointment to Director of Public Safety / Chief of Police in November 2021.  As the Director of Public Safety, he oversees a full time EMS division, a volunteer fire department,  a consolidated communication center (MECOMM), and the O'Fallon Police Department with 50 Sworn Officers.   Brueggeman holds a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Lindenwood University.  He is also a graduate of Class 460 of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. 

Brueggeman currently serves on the executive board for the Southern Illinois Chiefs of Police Association.  He is a board member for the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, SILEC Advisory Board, and Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois.  He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the O’Fallon Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 198.

Brueggeman and his wife Maura have been married for 24 years and have three children.  




Chief Porter joined the Huntley Police Department in 2015 after a 28 1/2-year career with the
Downers Grove Police Department, where he served as Chief for 15 years. Chief Porter holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command and the FBI National Academy, and is a Certified Police Chief through the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. An active member of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police since 2001, he has served as a Past President of the ILACP.  Chief Porter is married to his wife Joan and they have two adult sons, Brad and Ryan.