Christopher Ryan is the President of the New England Police Benevolent Association. He was previously elected and served as the Sergeant-At-Arms of the NEPBA. Chris is in his 29th year of law enforcement which started in 1991 as a Correction Officer with the Massachusetts Department of Correction MCI-Cedar Junction-Walpole.
In 1995 Chris accepted a position with the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory in Sudbury-AFIS Unit. He was elected President of Unit 1 representing over 1400 Commonwealth of Massachusetts state employees. He was then elected as a National Vice President International Brotherhood of Police Officers/International Brotherhood of Correctional Officers.
In 2007 he started at the Massachusetts Port Authority Police rising to his current rank of sergeant. He has served on the Massport Police Local 170 executive board numerous terms as both Vice President and President. Chris has testified many times at the Massachusetts State House before various legislative committees on behalf of the NEPBA.
Sgt Ryan holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Western New England University and a certificate in Executive Leadership from Bentley University Executive Leadership Program.
In March 2021 President Ryan was appointed as a Commissioner to the special legislative Commission on Qualified Immunity by Governor Charlie Baker. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and is currently the evening shift supervisor at the Massachusetts Port Authority Police Department.
Jerry Flynn is the Executive Director of the New England Police Benevolent Association, Inc. Officer Flynn brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position, prior to joining New England PBA, Inc.; Officer Flynn was elected National Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) and served as Executive Director and Director of Organizing. He also served as a vice president of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) and served on the Board of Directors for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Inc (NLEOMF) and the Law Enforcement Steering Committee (LESC) in Washington, D.C.
In his capacity as a law enforcement labor leader, Officer Flynn was also the Governor’s appointee to the Massachusetts Joint-Labor Management Committee (JLMC) and served as Police Chairman for over five years. The committee resolves contractual disputes between municipal police & fire unions and the towns they serve. Officer Flynn has testified before the United States Congress on a number of high profile issues including the Columbine School Shooting, Collective Bargaining Bill, Patient’s Bill of Rights, The William Deagan Law, C.O.P.S. Program and he was the keynote speaker at the White House on The Brady Law at the request of President William Jefferson Clinton. His riveting speech was published in the Congressional Record of the United States Congress on August 6, 1998 at the request of Congressman Martin T. Meehan (D-Lowell).
Executive Vice President
Dan Shea graduated with a degree in criminal justice in 2004. He attended the the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office academy a year later and graduated as a Deputy Sheriff in June of 2005. He has served as a corrections officer at the Billerica House of Corrections for the duration of his law enforcement career.
He quickly became involved in the Local Union and was elected the day shift steward in 2008. In 2010 he was selected by his peers to serve as vice president. In January of 2013 he began his first term as President of MCOA Local 500. Most recently he has been nominated, running unopposed, to serve his 6th consecutive term as the Local President to its current 475 members.
Dan was sworn in, in February of 2020 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of Corrections on the NEPBA Executive board. He also currently represents 2 Locals and has served on multiple committees during his time on the Executive Board.
William Ryan is the Executive Secretary of the NEPBA. He was previously elected as Executive Vice President and Treasurer of NEPBA. William sits on numerous NEPBA committees including the Housing, Finance, Health & Welfare, and Convention Committees.
Prior to joining NEPBA William was elected as an Executive Board Member of NAGE/IBCO
William started his law enforcement career in 1980 as a correctional officer at MCI Norfolk rising to the rank of Captain. William worked at several Massachusetts Correctional Facilities including MCI Norfolk, MCI Shirley, Charles Street Jail and Souza – Baranowski Correctional Center, where he retired as the 7×3 Shift-Commander.
William played an integral role in converting the position of Massachusetts Department of Correction Captain from a management position to a Union position; he then became the DOC Captain’s first union president. William served as NEPBA Local 200 President from 2000 until 2008.
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Deborah began her police career in 1983 with the Town of West Bridgewater and joined the Middleborough Police Department in 1985. Prior to this she worked for Norfolk-Bristol Ambulance and later Ambulance Systems of America. She worked in patrol for 13 years and then as the court liaison for four years. During this time she served as secretary of her local from 1988 to 2000. She was promoted to the rank of sergeant. In 2003 the sergeants and lieutenants split from the patrolman’s local and Deborah was elected President of NEPBA Local 96. Deborah is an instructor with the Municipal Police Training Committee instructing in the areas of Standard Field Sobriety Training (SFST) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). Deborah was a member of the 1994 graduating class from Western New England College in Springfield, MA with a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement degree and a 1998 graduate of Southern New England School of Law in Dartmouth, MA. She was admitted to the MA bar in 1999. In March of 2020 she retired from the Middleborough Police Department after serving 35 years.
Sean R. McArdle
Sean R. McArdle is an experienced and knowledgeable labor leader who has achieved success in every aspect of his labor career. Sean served several years as an International Representative for an International Brotherhood of Police Officers and the International Brotherhood of Correction Officers before joining the New England Police Benevolent Association in March of 2006. Sean was elected to serve as a Regional Vice President of NEPBA from 2007 – 2011 before becoming the State Director for Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Sean has represented over 100 different law enforcement locals over several different states during his career in the labor movement.
As an experienced negotiator, Sean has achieved tremendous contractual success for those locals he has represented over the years and has vast knowledge in all aspects of labor relations including grievances, arbitration hearings and disciplinary matters. Sean has successfully negotiated over three hundred contracts with cities and towns. He has extensive knowledge in interest arbitration, mediation, and fact-finding. He is considered an expert in the field of law enforcement labor relations. As a member of the New England PBA, Sean focused his attention on representing the law enforcement locals in the States of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. He has also done a remarkable job recruiting, organizing, and training law enforcement local throughout New England.
Sean earned his BS in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts with a minor in Business Management. He also attended training courses and seminars in Rights of Police Officers, Internal Affairs, Use of Force, Public Safety Union Leadership, Massachusetts Civil Service, Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Personnel, Health Insurance and Health & Wellness Programs for Public Safety Agencies. He has also received numerous training at the National Labor College-George Meaney Center in Washington D.C.
Sean has held many leadership roles in other labor organizations, political campaigns and other nonprofit organizations. Sean also currently serves as a Deputy Sheriff for Norfolk County in Massachusetts.
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Tom Daly brings 33 years of law enforcement and labor experience to the New England Police Benevolent Association.
Tom was appointed to the Worcester Massachusetts Police Department on October 7th of 1985 after graduating 1st in his class from the Worcester Police Department Police Academy.
Tom began working in the Patrol Division assigned to the Great Brook Valley Housing Project. In February of 1989. Tom was transferred to the Worcester Police Dept Detective Bureau assigned to the Homicide/Crime Scene Unit where he worked for 20 years. Tom ended his career working in the Community Impact Division until retiring December 31st, 2018.
Tom became involved in the Union almost instantly, serving as steward of his local Executive Board of I.B.P.O. Local #378, until leading the local to its current home, the NEPBA Local #911 in December of 2007. He remained as the Vice President of the Local until he retired in 2018
During the course of his career Tom also served as President of Worcester PD local Massachusetts Police Association (MPA) branch.
Tom started his second Career at the NEPBA as Region 14 Regional V.P. until getting elected as Executive Vice President at the 2011 NEPBA Convention. He currently holds his position of Executive Vice President after being reelected in 2015 and 2019. Tom was also appointed Legislative Director of the Organization.
Tom holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Political Science from St. Michael’s College in Colchester Vermont. He has been active in his community. Most notably Tom has coached youth baseball for the past 29 years. He led the Jesse Burkett L.L. team from Worcester Massachusetts to the United States Finals at The Little League World Series in Williamsport Pennsylvania during the summer of 2002.
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As a law enforcement officer of 25 years in New Hampshire, Ron started his labor career as the President of the Nashua Police Officers Association and served in that position for ten years until promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
In retirement Ron was hired by the International Brotherhood of Police Officers in Massachusetts. When the opportunity arose to start the New England Police Benevolent Association, he jumped at the chance to provide a better product to all of Law Enforcement and the current number of members shows that to be true to this day.
Ron holds a BA in Criminal Justice from UMass-Lowell, and an MBA in Business from Southern NH University. He also holds numerous advanced certificates in Contract Negotiations, Arbitration, Mediation, and Police Officer Rights.
Ron has successfully negotiated hundreds of Collective Bargaining Agreements and Grievances in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Ron has held numerous positions within NEPBA, to include the first Recording Secretary’s position, NH State Director, Regional Vice President, Regional Director, and now the Executive Vice President’s position to which he was elected at the National Convention in 2019 having received the largest number of votes for the position by the membership. He was quoted after the election; “ I am truly humbled by the confidence shown in me by the members and I pledge to never let them down and to always put them and the company first in everything that I do in this position”.
In his spare time Ron is a member of the National Ice Hockey Officials Association in NH refereeing High School and Prep Schools throughout the State.
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Chris was born and raised in Massachusetts, spending most of his youth growing up and attending primary school in Hudson, MA.
He began his law enforcement career in 2010 when he attended the Plymouth Police Academy, while a fulltime student of the Regiment of Cadets at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. After graduating college in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management & Homeland Security, Chris was hired by the Northfield Police Department and attended the Vermont Police Academy.
Chris was on probation when his peers voted unanimously to elect him as President of his local. Soon afterward, Chris and his fellow officers severed themselves from the municipal local to join the NEPBA. The Northfield Police Department employees were ultimately successful in creating their own independent law enforcement group; NEPBA Local 406. Chris was appointed the NEPBA’s first Regional Vice President of Vermont in 2016.
Chris is an Instructor at the Vermont Police Academy instructing in the areas of Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOC). Chris also an Executive Committee member of the Vermont Police Association and the Vermont Law Enforcement Torch Run – Special Olympics Vermont.
Bryan is extremely proud of having been a co-founder of NEPBA and serving as NEPBA’s first President.
He began his career in Law Enforcement in 1977 in the City of Lowell, MA as a police communications operator through C.E.T.A.(Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) He was appointed a reserve officer in 1981 and then permanent full-time in 1984. He was elected Class Vice President for the 3RD Municipal Police Officers Class held in Wakefield, MA.
In his early career he was a gritty “street-cop” patrolling the Acre and downtown sections of the City of Lowell. He fondly remembers that “a year in the Acre was like a career in another community!” He was promoted to Detective in the Vice/Narcotics Bureau and eventually became the long time Vice/Narcotics Evidence Officer, a position he retired from in 2011. He was an active Local Union Representative holding positions as Shift Steward, Executive Board Member, Vice President and President of the Lowell Police Patrolman’s Union. He previously served as an Alternate Member, Joint Labor-Management Committee for Municipal Police and Firefighters and National Representative, International Brotherhood of Police Officers.
Bryan currently serves on the MA Division of Labor Relations Advisory Council. He is most proud of being recognized by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington, DC as “Officer Of The Month” May 2007.