TALEA Executive Board Members - 2019

David Gordon


David Gordon has over 13 years of experience in Crime and Intelligence Analysis as an Analyst with the Oak Ridge Police Dept., Erie Crime Analysis Center (ECAC) in Buffalo, NY, and the US Army. David has a BA in Political Science from the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He created and runs the Crime Analysis Section for ORPD (Oak Ridge Police. At the ECAC he worked with the Homicide Unit, Sex Offense Unit, Accident Investigation Unit, Organized Retail Theft, FBI, ICE, and local police units focusing on violent offenders, Most Wanted Criminals, finding missing persons, and pioneered the use of social media for investigative all-source analysis.

Larry Pace

VP Of Administration

Captain Larry Pace started his Police Career in 1980 at the Houston Police Dept. in Texas. After 32 years of Policing he has spent 15 years in Patrol Division and 17 years in Criminal Investigations Division as an Investigator and later as a Supervisor in that Unit. In 2013 he was tasked with starting a new Crime Analysis Unit at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. In June of 2017 he was promoted to Captain and given the responsibility of Directing the I.T. Division as well as continuing the Crime Analysis Unit.

Ashley Letson


Ashley is a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and has been with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office since 2004, spending her first 9 years as a Dispatcher and over 5 years now as Crime Analyst. She has an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Roane State Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Service Management from the University of Tennessee.

Jennifer Baggett


Jennifer has been a Crime Analyst for almost 3 years with the Chattanooga Police Department, where she serves as the Violent Crimes Analyst, which includes managing the daily Shots Fired report and Homicide log. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Communications and later earned her MBA. Jennifer began her career with the City of Chattanooga in 2006 as an Accounting Technician for the City’s art and performance venues, managing their financial records. She then transitioned to the Police Department where she managed the Property Crimes Investigators’ case files.

Dallas Lavergne

VP Of Membership

Dallas Lavergne began her career as a law enforcement officer in 1996 with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and has been the Executive Officer of the Homeland Security Bureau, the Intelligence Unit, and the School Resource Officer Program for the past two years. Prior to this assignment, Dallas had limited experience with Crime Analysis but has since attended six crime and intelligence analysis courses and is one class away from receiving her Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst Certification. She has also served in the Patrol Field Bureau, the General Investigative Bureau, the Fugitive Bureau, the Crime Prevention Bureau, and on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Crimes against Children Unit Task Force. Dallas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Bethel University and is a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts.

TALEA Representative Council - 2019

Nick Nickles

Middle Tennessee Representative

Mr. Nick Nickles is a Senior Intelligence Research Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) with over 30 years of combined Intelligence experience between Military Intelligence and Criminal Intelligence. He has been with ATF for 11-years and is the Senior Intelligence Research Specialist within the Nashville Field Division, covering the states of Tennessee and Alabama. He has been an instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and has developed and implemented Standard Operating Procedures and training plans for the Crime Gun Intelligence Center. He has been recognized by ATF at a national award ceremony for his work in the field. He has a BA in Management and Human Relations from Trevecca University, Nashville.

Amy Hillard

West Tennessee Representative

Amy Hilliard has worked for the Jackson Police Department since 1993. During that time she has worn many hats. Starting out as a secretary in the Criminal Investigations Division where she transcribed case files, jail phone calls and interviews. The department started a Gang Unit and she was assigned to that unit to Gang member files for classification. She also worked in the Patrol Division assessing allocated calls for service times, patrol briefings and administration. In 2001 she moved to the Metro Narcotics Unit, where she served as an Office Manager/Analysis.