Dan Zivkovich has been involved in policing for thirty years. Prior to the move to Massachusetts, he was the chief of police in Jackson, Wyoming, for almost four years. In Jackson, he supervised a department of over 30 employees (with 20+ sworn officers) that was engaged in community-oriented policing. The department provided police services to the Jackson Hole Airport and included a victim services program, community service officers, an animal shelter, a school resource officer, a mounted unit, canine units, and a SWAT team. The base population of Jackson was 12,000 citizens with daily peaks of 50,000 to 80,000 during the winter and summer seasons respectively.
He previously spent five years as the director of the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas, having been appointed to that position in September 2000. As the director of the academy he supervised a staff of 30 employees and oversaw a facility with classrooms, computer lab, dormitory, cafeteria, indoor and outdoor firearms ranges, a gymnasium, and driving pad.
Prior to accepting the academy position, he spent 18 years with the Wyoming Highway Patrol, working his way from Trooper to Captain. His various positions included patrol officer, truck enforcement specialist, safety education officer, training supervisor, and district supervisor. For seven years, he oversaw the Wyoming Highway Patrol's hiring and promotional testing processes and the basic and advanced training programs. He was also a member of the administrative staff.
He has been involved in law enforcement training for over 25 years, teaching a wide variety of topics, including OUI enforcement, SFSTs, breath test operator, field training officer (FTO), ethics, crash investigation and reconstruction, and supervision/leadership classes.
In addition to being the executive director of the MPTC, Dan has also been named as the law enforcement liaison between the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and the Commonwealth’s law enforcement departments.
Dan grew up in South Carolina and has lived and worked in Illinois and South Dakota prior to moving to Wyoming in 1978.