Rick Gregory is the Director of Intergovernmental Initiatives (DII) of the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). As DII, Mr. Gregory utilizes his executive-level law enforcement experience to support the identification of emerging themes and trends in the criminal justice field and ensures that operational solutions and best practices are effectively integrated into programs supported by IIR.
Mr. Gregory served as IIR’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from March 2016 through February 2018. He was integrally involved in establishing and leading strategic direction, management, and policy issues as well as project design and program oversight. Mr. Gregory’s background includes service in the federal, state, county, and municipal levels of government. Through his many years of service, Mr. Gregory has been an executive leader in government operations, homeland security, emergency preparedness, and organizational change. He has successfully led the turnaround of two police agencies, applying both best practices and nationally recognized standards.
Prior to his appointment as President/CEO, Mr. Gregory led IIR’s information sharing projects, training, and related technical assistance programs. These areas included the VALOR Initiative, the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program, the Center for Task Force Training (CenTF) Program, the Center for Task Force Leadership and Integrity (CTFLI), the Methamphetamine Technical Assistance Program, the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) Privacy Guidelines Implementation Support Project, the Fusion Process Technical Assistance Program and Services, the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI), the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) project, the National Juvenile Justice Information Sharing Training and Technical Assistance project, the Building Communities of Trust project, and other related initiatives.
Prior to joining IIR, Mr. Gregory served as the Chief of Police of the Provo, Utah, Police Department, where he provided leadership to 159 employees in a community of more than 123,000 citizens. During his tenure as chief, Mr. Gregory completed an agencywide assessment and instituted a number of internal reforms, including a departmentwide community-based policing philosophy and operational programs. During his tenure in Provo, Mr. Gregory expanded the department’s efforts in cybercrime enforcement activities, including actively participating in the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. In addition, Mr. Gregory held the positions of Chief of Police, Public Safety Director, and Chief Administrative Officer (County Administrator) for New Castle County, Delaware. As the police chief, he provided leadership to more than 500 employees policing more than 500,000 citizens. He successfully led the transformation of the department and the implementation of several organizational changes following a tumultuous time in the department/government before his appointment. He guided the department’s rebuilding of community-police partnerships and the overall community policing model following emerging and best practices.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Gregory served with the Florida Highway Patrol, where he held key positions in field operations, training, and executive leadership, including assistant chief of training, troop commander, and bureau chief, and was appointed to deputy director in 2002.
Mr. Gregory holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Barry University. He is a graduate of the 219th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy; the Florida Criminal Justice Institute’s Chief Executive Seminar and the Senior Leadership Program; and numerous other executive-level leadership/operational training programs.