Rick Gregory is an Executive Vice President and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) and serves on the Board of Trustees. As COO, Mr. Gregory utilizes his corporate knowledge and executive-level law enforcement experience to help lead and to support the organization. He directs the Learning and Development, Criminal Justice Initiatives, Youth and Community Justice Programs, National Policy Engagement and Information Sharing, and Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) sections within IIR, including the Office of Applied Research (OAR) and the Office of Law Enforcement Advisement and Coordination (OLEAC), enabling him to develop and guide new projects for IIR and to remain focused on national issues and broad trends within the law enforcement community.
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. Throughout his many years of service, Mr. Gregory has been an executive leader in government operations, homeland security, and emergency preparedness and has extensive experience in 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.