Leadership Team

David Elliston – President

David Elliston serves as president of the Dallas Police Retired Officers Association.

He was born and raised in Waco, TX, graduated from Robinson High School in 1969 and subsequently earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Abilene Christian University. 

He was hired by the Dallas Police Department in July 1971 and while waiting for the Academy to start, received his draft notice. David enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Upon completion of his academy training, David reported to USMCRD in San Diego, CA. for training and active duty in the Marine Corps. Upon completion of active duty, he returned to Dallas and resumed his police career at Northwest Patrol.

In 1979, he transferred to the General Assignments Section where he worked as an investigator until he was promoted to sergeant in 1986. Following his promotion, he was assigned to the new North Central Patrol Division where he worked late nights for 13 months before transferring to the Crimes Against Persons Division.  For the next 17 years, he served in Crimes Against Persons working various assignments in the Assaults, Robbery and Homicide units as a sergeant and lieutenant. 

David was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2004 and was assigned to the North Central Patrol Division where he served for five years before returning to Crimes Against Persons. He retired from DPD in 2010, after 38 years and 9 months service.

David and his wife have twin sons who have blessed them with five biological and two adopted grandchildren. They are members of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, and they enjoy traveling and spending time with their family.

Email: david.elliston@DPROA.org

Dwight Walker – Vice President

Dwight Walker serves as Vice President of the DPROA.  He served 27 years on the Dallas Police Department from 1973 until 2000 when he retired at the rank of captain.  His assignments included Tactical, Patrol, Communications, CAPERS, Vice, Narcotics and Physical Evidence.

He served 13 years on the Dallas Police & Fire Pension Board and six years as Credit Union Director.  He has a degree in Government & History from Texas A&M, Commerce.

Dwight graduated No. 1 in Class 126 where he also served as the class president.  In addition, he also attended the SW Law Enforcement Command and Management Course where he served as VP of the class and attended Southern Police Institute at University of Louisville where he was Class Orator.  He also attended the FBI National Academy.

He has been married to Jan for 44 years. He has four grandsons.

Dwight serves as an Elder at Eastridge Church of Christ for 25 years. He is also known as “Papa” there where he proudly takes on the role of a surrogate grandfather for all the children who don’t have one close by.

Email: Dwight.walker@dproa.org

Kenneth Seguin – Secretary

Born in Detroit, MI, and raised in suburban Allen Park, Ken graduated in 1969 from Holy Redeemer High School, Detroit, and enlisted in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War.  After serving 6 ½ years as a Security Policeman and as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he transitioned into the USAF Reserve after receiving an appointment as a Dallas Police Officer on 1 Apr 1976, and had concurrent dual law enforcement careers, each lasting 40 years.  He graduated as the valedictorian of DPD Academy Class #142 (1976), and as the valedictorian and class president of ILEA’s Police Command & Management School (1989).  He is also a graduate of the Caruth Police Institute’s Executive Leadership Series (2013) and LEMIT Modules I (2015) and II (2016).

 

He first retired as an AFOSI Special Agent in the rank of Colonel on 1 Oct 2009 after 40 years of Air Force service (1969-2009).  Within the Dallas Police Department, he rose to the rank of Major and retired on 1 Jul 2016 with 40 years, 3 months service (1976-2016).  His last position held was as the Executive Officer (second-in-command) of the Southeast Division.  He is one of only 55 Dallas officers of more than 11,000 employed since 1881 to retire with 40+ years of service. 

 

Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice (1978) and a Master of Science degree in Human Relations & Business (1982), both awarded by Abilene Christian University.  He and his wife, Sharon, have eight children and 17 grandchildren.  Their family has the distinction of being one of only ten families since the establishment of the US Military Academy in 1802 to have four children graduate from West Point. 

Email:   SunKing1665@yahoo.com

Crista Walker – Treasurer

Crista Walker retired as a Senior Corporal from the Dallas Police Department April 2012 after serving for 32 years and currently serves as Treasurer of DPROA.  

In addition to her volunteer work with DPROA, Crista currently serves as President of the Dallas Police Youth Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to funding the youth outreach efforts of the Dallas Police Department. She is also a member of the North Texas Crime Commission and the Center for Nonprofit Management.

She attended college at Richland Community College and University of Texas at Dallas. She received an Advanced Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UTD as well as multiple Certificates for Nonprofit Management from both Richland Community College and the Center for Nonprofit Management at Dallas.

She is married to Paul Walker who continues to serve with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. They have one son who has more than 20 years with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. Crista and Paul are both avid shooters, participating in Black Powder Cartridge Rifle Silhouette competitions, air rifle sports, and shotgun sporting events. She is also an avid singer and has sung with the Dallas Police Choir, the Richtones, and her church choir.

Email:  crista.walker@dproa.org

Patrick Boux Bland – Director – Place 1 Legislative

Louis Felini – Director – Place 2 Social

Sergeant Louis Felini honorably retired from the Dallas Police Department in May 2017, with over 28 years of service.

Throughout his career, Felini has been the recipient of numerous awards and more than 100 commendations, including two State of Texas Achievement Awards for Valor and Professional Achievement. In 2011, he was placed on the City of Dallas’ Wall of Honor for his accomplishments. Felini developed and implemented numerous multi-agency operations in Dallas County that involved local, state, and federal law enforcement officers. Felini is credited for developing and implementing the Dallas Police Department’s Prostitute Diversion Initiative, which was published in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

Felini holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University, and is an active speaker for the FBI’s Highway Serial Killings Initiative. He has served on both the Board of Directors of the University of North Texas- Center for Human Identification and the National Advisory Board for the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program.

Currently, Felini enjoys spending time with his wife, Martha, and German Shepherd, Rookie.

Email: Louis.Felini@dproa.org or Louis.Felini@gmail.com

Carol Richtsmeier — Communications Coordinator

Carol serves as Communications Coordinator for the DPROA and manages this website.  She also manages a blog and facebook page she launched to battle the campaign of lies from the City of Dallas and Mayor Mike Rawlings.  She is married to retired police officer Joe Richtsmeier.

She currently works as a realtor for the Butcher Group of Ebby Halliday where she focuses on assisting first responders (active and retired) and their families. As a realtor, she has been named as D-Magazine Best Realtor. She also holds numerous real estate certifications.

She is a graduate of TCU (go Frogs!), a former reporter for The Dallas Morning News, a former Dallas Police Association employee and a retired school teacher. As a public school journalism teacher, she was the first teacher to ever receive the national 2005 Courage in Student Journalism Award from the national Newseum, Student Press Law Center and National Scholastic Press Association. In 2002, she was named the Texas state journalism Teacher of the Year and in 2009 she was named a national Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Distinguished Adviser.

She is a member and past president of the Texas Beta Iota chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority of present and past educators dedicated to serving communities through altruistic endeavors. She also volunteers as a journalism judge for local UIL contests. She is currently serves as chair of the City of Ovilla’s Board of Adjustments.

Email: savethepension@gmail.com

Pete Bailey – Founder

When everyone else stood on the sidelines as the City of Dallas robbed its first responders of their pensions, Pete became the voice for thousands of retirees and formed the Dallas Police Retired Officers Association on December 22, 2016.

Under his directions, DPROA launched several lawsuits fighting to restore these stolen benefits. It is a fight the DPROA is committed to today.

Pete holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  He served in Texas law enforcement for 32 years.  Pete began in 1984 at the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office working as a Deputy Sheriff in the jail, then moved to the City of Windcrest Texas where  he worked patrol, was an FTO and S.W.A.T. Team member. 

Pete was recruited to the Dallas Police Department in 1988 and graduated class valedictorian of DPD Academy Class 208. Pete served Dallas for 27 years with honor and distinction and retired at the rank of Sergeant   in April 2016 to attend Texas A & M University Commerce,  where he studies counseling psychology, and will graduate in 2018 with a Master of Science degree. 

Pete’s interests within the field focus on P.T.S.D. related to first responders and neuropsychological assessment.  Pete plans to use this education and training to help fellow first responders and their families. 

In his free time, Pete enjoys playing golf and spending time with family.