Lieutenant Jones, Western Section Commander of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, has been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for more than 23 years. He has held numerous positions within the Department including patrol trooper, criminal investigator, vice/narcotics investigator, patrol unit supervisor, crime unit supervisor, vice/narcotics unit supervisor, patrol section supervisor and station commander. In addition to his normal duties, Lieutenant Jones has served as a Department firearms instructor and troop education officer for over 19 years and is employed by Indiana University of Pennsylvania as an instructor in their municipal police training academy. For over 10 years, Lieutenant Jones has been assigned to the Department’s Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, initially as Commander of one of the Bureau’s nine District Enforcement Offices and currently as the Western Section Commander. In his current position, he oversees the operations of three District Enforcement Offices covering 22 counties. During his tenure with the Bureau, he has helped to develop and provide training to enforcement officers and other law enforcement personnel across the Commonwealth in all areas of liquor law and gambling enforcement. Additionally, he has been instrumental in developing and refining the curriculum for new enforcement officers.
Justin Nordhorn is the Chief of the Enforcement and Education Division of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board. He started with the Liquor Control Board as an entry level officer in 1998, and was appointed Chief in September 2011. He has 20 years of experience in the field of law enforcement, holds a Bachelor's degree in Law and Justice from Central Washington University, and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Chief Nordhorn leads a staff of 100 commissioned law enforcement officers and 21 non-commissioned staff. His responsibilities include the day to day operations of liquor, tobacco, and marijuana enforcement and statewide enforcement policy development. He is also actively involved in labor relations, rulemaking, and legislation.
Deputy Director Kracyla currently serves as the deputy director of Delaware’s Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, with over 34 years of law enforcement experience. He is the operations manager for 17 sworn law enforcement officers that have statewide jurisdiction and arrest powers to enforce all laws of the State of Delaware. Deputy Director Kracyla is also a commissioned officer in charge of the US Food and Drug Administration Program for the State of Delaware. He supervises the criminal and administrative investigations involving the Delaware Liquor Control Act and the Delaware Alcoholic and Administrative Rules of the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner. Deputy Director Kracyla retired from the Delaware State Police as a sergeant after 26 years, where he was a member of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) for 23 years and a team leader on SORT Team for 15 years. He participated in over 2000 search warrant executions between his time with DSP SORT and the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force. Additionally, he served as the officer in charge of the executive protection detail assigned to Governor Markell for almost three years before his retirement from DSP. Deputy Director Kracyla has been a certified firearms instructor since 1994. He is a certified explosive breacher and certified by The Department of Homeland Security as a SWAT I operator. He is an adjunct instructor with the Government Training Institute teaching SWAT tactics and is an adjunct instructor at Delaware Technical & Community College. He is a TASER instructor, reality based instructor and has extensive training in SWAT team management. Additionally, he is a private security contractor and has travelled routinely to the Middle East on deployments.
Mr. Croft began his liquor law enforcement career in early 2000, after serving two years as a law enforcement officer at both the county and city level in Medina County, Ohio. He attended Ashland University, where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in both Criminal Justice and Sociology. During his career as an enforcement agent with the Ohio Investigative Unit, he has served in three different district offices: Toledo, Cleveland and Akron. Mr. Croft's primary assignment has been liquor enforcement and the investigations of other crimes involving permit premises. He has also been a member of multiple county, state, and federal task forces. Through these partnerships, he learned the importance of collaboration amongst agencies to combat criminal activities revolving around liquor permit premises. In 2006, Mr. Croft received a promotion to the rank of Assistant Agent in Charge (AAIC) and was assigned to the Columbus District Enforcement Office. As an AAIC, his primary job duties were to oversee day-to-day field operations of enforcement agents and also to conduct undercover operations. In 2010, He was promoted to the rank of agent in charge and remained in the Columbus Enforcement Office. In 2011, he transferred to the Cleveland Enforcement Office where he oversees all daily functions, both operational and administrative. During his tenure as AAIC, Mr. Croft has overseen hundreds of investigations, search warrants, suspect apprehensions and financial seizures. The Cleveland Enforcement Office continually leads other OIU offices in the state in search warrants executed, monies seized, and felony arrests. In Ohio, Mr. Croft has been highly involved in the "Trace Back" (Source Investigations) program. Within the last several years, OIU has investigated hundreds of permit premises and individuals as a result of this program, a program Mr. Croft feels illustrates the importance of liquor law enforcement in our country.
Wes Kuhl has been a member the Arizona Department of Liquor for approximately thirteen years, starting his tenure as a Special Investigator on the Community Interaction Unit. During this time he has interacted with neighborhood representatives, elected officials, and law enforcement agencies to resolve liquor concerns throughout the state. In 2004 he was promoted to Sergeant and now supervises the Investigations Unit in the Phoenix Office. Wes also serves part-time as the public information officer for the Department of Liquor. A graduate of the Phoenix Police Academy in 1996, he was a patrol and a bicycle officer before joining the Department of Liquor in 2000. Wes grew up in Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1995 where he studied Spanish and Sociology. In 2002 he graduated from Western International University in Phoenix where he received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Wes has two boys who keep him very busy. He likes to view and play various types of sports and travel with his family.