DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY PLANNING AND EXERCISES
Mr. Frank Zebedis began his law enforcement career in 1985 after receiving his degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Akron, Ohio. He started as a patrolman with the Barberton Police Department in Barberton, Ohio and served as a Field Training Officer, FOP President, and 2 years as a member of the S.W.A.T. Team. In 1991, the Rock Hill Police Department hired him as a patrolman. In 1992 he was promoted to investigator and eventually rose through the ranks until he was promoted to Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, he was assigned to the patrol division as the Commander in charge. During his time with the Rock Hill Police Department, he served 5 years as a member of the S.W.A.T. Team before being reassigned as the Emergency Incident Commander when he was promoted to Lieutenant.
In November 1998, he was appointed Chief of Police at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. Since becoming Chief of Police at Winthrop University, Mr. Zebedis has graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and served as both President and Vice-President of the South Carolina Campus Law Enforcement Association. In 2014, Mr. Zebedis was promoted to Assistant Vice-President of Student Life/Chief of Police at Winthrop University.
Mr. Zebedis is currently serving on the IACLEA Accreditation Commission Board of Governors. Mr. Zebedis is a past Chair of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Domestic Preparedness Committee as well as past Southeast Regional Director. Mr. Zebedis has also served on the Advisory Council for the Campus Safety Journal and has given several presentations on campus safety.
Mr. Zebedis is an Adjunct Instructor on Critical Incident Response for the Texas Engineering Extension (TEEX) out of Texas A&M University Mr. Zebedis has been deemed a Subject Matter Expert on Critical Incident Response and has assisted in developing four classes that are now being funded through Homeland Security and FEMA and taught around the country on Critical Incidents and Response.
In 2013, Mr. Zebedis was awarded a Presidential Award from IACLEA for his work with developing and teaching Critical Response courses.
Zebedis joined D. Stafford & Associates in 2017, following his retirement from active service, to lead the Exercise Development team.