Board of Directors

Executive Director and Director - Eastern Region

Chaplain James M. Salo was a police patrol officer for 5 years in Colorado before going into the ministry of police chaplaincy. He has served as a local church pastor, evangelist, and speaker for various events. He is married to Liz, has 3 kids and seven grandchildren. He has been a chaplain starting out with the Colorado Springs Police Dept. and various departments since, now retired after 20 years with the Michigan State Police. He is now Chaplain for the Burton Police Dept., a suburb of Flint, Michigan, as well as Chaplain for the International Association of Hostage Negotiators. He is an Endowment Life Member of the NRA, serves on the local county Commission on Aging, and previously served 3 years on the Michigan Law Enforcement Memorial Commission at the request of his governor. He enjoys hunting, camping, traveling, reading, spending time with his wife and grandkids and leading the American Police Chaplain's Association. Besides serving as Executive Director of APCA, Chaplain Jim also serves as Director of the Eastern Region of the U.S. - territory east of the Mississippi.

Deputy Director - Western Region

Chaplain Ed Maxwell is the Chief Chaplain for the Colorado State Patrol, having served the CSP now for 13 years. He is an instructor in Life Skills for department officers as well as for the Communications Branch of the CSP, the CBI (Colorado Bureau of Investigation), and Colorado Dept. of Public Safety. He holds a Bachelors degree in Theology as well as a Master's in Leadership. Having been in pastoral ministries since 1971, he has served churches in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado. He has been married to Eva for 37 years and has 5 children and 15 grandchildren. His oldest son Cord is a CSP Trooper. Ed is certified in CISM, Suicide ID & Prevention, Death Notification, Life Skills and Law Enforcement Stress Management. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and just being outdoors. Ed is Deputy Director and responsible for the Western Region of the U.S. - territory west of the Mississippi.


Chief Darrell Ellis, Montrose Township Police, Michigan. Member of Crimestoppers of Flint. Retired Michigan State Police as D/Lt. in charge of Flint Area Narcotics Group (FANG). Canine handler & narcotic’s officer—30 years of service. Deacon at his local church, teaches SS, married with 2 kids and 4 grandkids. Has coached football and baseball and was a local school board member for 4 years.

Vice President

Trooper Josh Dirkse, Michigan State Police, Flint Post 35. A towering and tough police officer, he is married with 2 children, and has been with MSP the last 12 years, all of it at the Flint Post. The son of missionaries, he is extremely active in his local church and serves as well on the local church board. He loves playing basketball, softball, lifting weights and being with his family.


Rev. Scott Salo, son of the Executive Director and local church planting pastor. Married two children, Hallee and Hayden. Enjoys fixing things with power tools, lives to watch the Dewalt racing team in all NASCAR races, loves hunting big game and really likes spicey foods!


Sarah Whitman is the new treasurer, a 13 year veteran of law enforcement; the last 8 years with the Michigan State Police. She is at the Flint Post, where she presently serves as the Community Officer. She is the single mom of an adopted daughter and loves spending time with her family, camping, playing softball and fishing. She attends the same church as the Director, where she is involved in the youth program. A compassionate but fair cop, Sarah adds to the depth of experience on this Board.


Mike Gillett, a retired Michigan State Police D/Sgt. and previous treasurer of APCA. He is now the President of Beechcraft Products in Durand, Michigan.


Deacon Donald Michael, serves the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing and is assigned to St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Hillsdale, Michigan.  His leadership experience is extensive.  He is a United States Army Reserve Major in the Medical Specialist Corps.  He has served in the United States Army Reserve for over 25 years taking on many leadership roles.  This includes company command and battalion staff assignments.  He serves as an occupational therapist in military and civilian life.  His chaplaincy assignment is currently with the Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office, in Hillsdale, Michigan.  His wife, Karen, is a teacher in Quincy, Michigan.  Karen and Donald have two children.


Jim Melton, retired Dow Chemical Company employee. Married with 2 children, lives in Saginaw, Mi. Is an active layman in his church. Enjoys such outdoor activities as biking, walking, hunting, fishing and boating. Loves gospel music and has been a personal friend and prayer partner of the Director for over 22 years. His greatest joy? Telling others what Christ has done for him!


Trooper Dwight Denning, Michigan State Police, Corunna Post 15; currently 26 years of service. Radar instructor - laser and regular. Also PBT instructor. Served at Flat Rock and the Detroit Freeway Posts before coming to the Corunna Post. Active in his local church in the Lansing area. Married and has a family. Loves sports - especially football, basketball, track & field. Really enjoys fishing, biking, riding and walking. Is a cancer survivor twice! Says the second time, "I just trusted God completely and He did the rest!"


Trooper Dave Fiebernitz, Michigan State Police, Flint Post 35; currently 26 years of service. Started at the Brighton Post, also working the Detroit Freeway Post and the Corunna Post before coming to Flint. Member and active in his local church since 1991, serving as trustee and lay speaker. Previously served as a worship leader as well. Married with 3 children and loves coaching youth hockey for over 10 years now.