The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA), a division of The Center for American and International Law (CAIL), has announced the appointment of Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown as the new chair of its advisory board. Sheriff Brown succeeds City of Prosper Chief of Police Doug Kowalski, who served as chair since December 2019. The appointment took place during the board's Dec. 1 meeting at CAIL’s education center in Plano, TX.
Sheriff Brown, whose distinguished career in law enforcement began in 1988 with the Duncanville Police Department, where she broke barriers as the first African American female officer, brings a wealth of experience to her new role. She ascended to lieutenant in 1997, later served as assistant police chief, and subsequently joined the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a graduate of ILEA's 40th Management College and the FBI National Academy Associates Command College.
"We extend our heartfelt thanks to Chief Kowalski for his dedicated service to the board. His contributions and leadership have been invaluable. Now, as we transition to a new era, we are excited to welcome Sheriff Marian Brown as the new chair," said ILEA Director Gregory Smith. "Sheriff Brown's diverse experience and commitment to law enforcement will greatly benefit ILEA. Her remarkable career and dedication to building positive relationships inside her agency and with community residents are inspirations that align with ILEA’s mission."
CAIL President Thomas (T.L.) Cubbage expressed confidence in Sheriff Brown's leadership acumen and visionary approach. "Sheriff Brown's leadership acumen and visionary approach are precisely what ILEA needs at this juncture. We are excited about the fresh perspectives she brings to the board. At the same time, we honor Chief Kowalski’s significant contributions and thank him for his unwavering commitment and invaluable insights during his tenure."
In her new role, Sheriff Brown will oversee the board’s strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing ILEA’s programs, crucial for providing advanced administrative education to law enforcement professionals.
The meeting also included the election of new officers. Coby Pewitt, Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Richardson, TX, was elected vice chair, while Professor Galia Cohen, Department Head and Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Tarleton State University, was re-elected as secretary. These appointments underscore the board's dedication to leadership and educational excellence.
About the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration
The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) was founded in Dallas, Texas, in 1957 as a division of The Center for American and International Law, a nonprofit educational institution for lawyers, judges, and law enforcement professionals. ILEA has a well-established reputation as a leader in policing education in the United States and worldwide through innovative professional development, continuing education, and ethics/ethical decision-making programs that prepare law enforcement leaders to thrive in times of calm and during moments of crisis. Learn more about ILEA by visiting www.cailaw.org/ILEA.