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Penrith Award Recipient Announced!

The FBI National Executive Institute Associates (FBI NEIA) announces the 2018 Penrith Award Winner, J. Thomas Manger, Police Chief, Montgomery County, Maryland.

NASHVILLE – FBI NEIA President Chris Burbank announced today that this year’s award is presented to Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger. The Penrith Award is a unique honor given to a law enforcement executive who is selected by past recipients of this coveted award. Eligible members are graduates of the FBI National Executive Institute and are nominated by a fellow graduate.

“It is recognition of the best in law enforcement by those previously recognized as the best in law enforcement,” said President Burbank. National leadership, courage in the face of adversity, substantial or innovative contributions to the administration of law enforcement are among the traits that are considered by the selection committee.

Chief J. Thomas Manger has been the Chief of Police in Montgomery County, Maryland, since February 2004. He began his law enforcement career in 1977 with the Fairfax County (Virginia) Police Department and rose through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 1998. During his tenure in Fairfax County, Chief Manger received numerous awards including the Silver Medal of Valor. He is credited with reorganizing and expanding the Police Department’s Community Policing efforts. His commitment the highest ethical standards for policing and his enactment of new policies to increase departmental accountability earned significant recognition from the community, including the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission Award for outstanding contributions, and the N.A.A.C.P.’s Community Service Leadership Award. Chief Manger is a recipient of the James S. Brady Law Enforcement Award (2007), the Community Champion Award from the Youth Leadership Foundation (2012), and the Montgomery County Victims Rights Foundation Public Safety Award (2014). In 2012, he was inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame. Chief Manger serves on numerous Boards, including Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s Child Protection Advisory Board for the Archdiocese of Washington.

Chief Manger is the President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), representing the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada. He also serves as the Vice President of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). A graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, the National Executive Institute, the Police Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond, and the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia. Chief

Manger has also completed Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School’s Program for State and Local Government.

The Penrith Award is named in honor of a prominent Chicago businessman slain during an armed robbery. His son, Gary Penrith, a retired FBI Special Agent in Charge, is a past president of the FBI NEIA.

Chief Manger received the FBI NEIA Penrith award Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee at the annual joint conference with the FBI National Executives Institute Associates, Major Cities Chiefs Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum.


Former Penrith Award Winners