Kevin Cunningham joined the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office in May, 1994, and has a law enforcement career spanning 23 years. In that time he has been a Detention Officer, Patrol Deputy, Deputy Coroner, Narcotics Detective assigned to the City/County Special Investigations Unit/Eastern Montana HIDTA, and Detective assigned to the regular YCSO Detective Division. In September 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and reassigned to the YCSO Patrol Division. In November, 2016, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, where he continues to be assigned to the YCSO Patrol Division. Lt. Cunningham was born and raised in Billings, Montana, and is a third generation law enforcement officer serving that community, with his grandfather and father serving before him. He has been a Montana Violent Crime Investigators Association Board Member since 2010.
1st Vice President
Undersheriff Travis McElderry was born and raised in St. Ignatius Montana, moving to Ravalli County in 2002. Undersheriff McElderry is a 14 year veteran of the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office.
Undersheriff McElderry started his career in law enforcement in 2001 as a Police Officer for the Ronan Police Department. In 2002 Undersheriff McElderry became a member of the Ravalli County Sheriff’s. During his years with RCSO, Undersheriff McElderry has served as a Deputy, Deputy Coroner, Field Training Officer/Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, and recently asked to serve under Sheriff Steve Holton as his Undersheriff.
Undersheriff McElderry graduated the Montana Police Academy in 2001, has hundreds of hours of Montana POST training, and currently holds Montana POST Intermediate, Advance, and Supervisory Certifications. Undersheriff McElderry has been a member of the MVCIA since 2010 and has served on the board since 2014.
2nd Vice President
Officer Kodi Kaiser is a lifelong Billings resident. Kaiser graduated from Billings Senior High School in 2000 and Rocky Mountain College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History/Political Science and Philosophy and Religious Thought. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in Construction Management from Washtenaw Community College.
Kaiser began his career in law enforcement working for the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office. Kaiser obtained the rank of Detective Sergeant before transferring to the Billings Police Department where he is currently assigned to the patrol division. Kaiser has investigated a wide variety of felony cases from property crimes to violent crimes. Kaiser has hundreds of POST certified training hours with an emphasis on Child Abuse investigation. Kaiser is a Child Forensic Interviewer and a Drug Recognition Expert. Kaiser has been a MVCIA board member since October 2012.
Doug Mahlum is an 13 year veteran of the Great Falls Police Department. He is currently assigned to the Investigative Services Bureau as a General Case Detective investigating crimes from Homicide to White Collar Crimes. Detective Mahlum has been assigned to Investigations for the last 5 years. Detective Mahlum’s specialties are focused on the crime scene and Blood Stain Pattern Analysis and has trained extensively on the topic. Detective Mahlum has been qualified as an expert on the topic of Blood Stain Pattern Analysis.
Mahlum grew up in Wolf Point, MT in a Law Enforcement family. In 2001 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Minot State University, Minot, ND, where he was a starter for the Minot State Football Team.
Detective Mahlum has worked numerous major crimes/homicides in his short career with the Great Falls Police Department. He’s extremely committed to the philosophy of the Montana Violent Crime Investigator’s Association and has served through the chairs of the Executive Board.
Lieutenant Roger Bodine is a 17 year member of the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office. He is a second generation Law Enforcement Officer. He began his career as a Detention Officer at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility in 1999. In 2001 he began work as a Patrol Deputy. In his time with the Patrol Division he has been a Field Training Officer and a Deputy Coroner. In January 2011 he was promoted to a Patrol Sergeant. In July 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant where he currently oversees the Records Division, Civil Division, Training Division, and the Professional Standards Division.
3rd Vice President
Detective Shane Bancroft was born and raised in Northern New Jersey but has lived in the Billings Montana area for almost 20 years. He has been with the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office since 1998. Over the course of his career he has served as a Patrol Deputy, an FTO, a Coroner and a Crisis Negotiator. He was assigned to the HIDTA/CCSIU Drug Task Force from 2005 to 2009 serving in an undercover capacity and as case agent. He has been assigned to the YCSO- Detective Division since 2010. In 2012, He attended the 31st Session of The National Forensic Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee. The course of study included training at “The Body Farm”; at The Anthropological Research Center at the University of Tennessee. He is an IAI Certified Crime Scene Investigator. Currently he investigates felony cases, with interest in violent crime and death investigations.
Derek Mahlum was born and raised in Wolf Point, Montana. He started his career with the Wolf Point Police Department in 2004. During this time he worked with various state, local, tribal and federal agencies policing Indian Country.
In 2005, he took a position with the Havre Police Department where he worked until 2011. During this time, he served as a firearms instructor, field training officer and left the agency as a patrol sergeant. During this time, he enjoyed seeking out the most difficult of cases in order to develop them to be presented to the appropriate state or federal attorney for prosecution.
In 2011, he took a position with the Great Falls Police Department. He was later assigned as a general case detective in 2015 where he is currently assigned to the Investigative Services Unit. During his time, Det. Mahlum has led and assisted with numerous homicide/death investigations. This position allows him to investigate numerous violent crimes to include robberies, suspicious deaths, shootings and major assaults. Det. Mahlum is also pursuing certification as a Crime Scene Analyst with the International Association of Identification.
Detective Dean Chrestenson is a 17 year veteran of the Missoula Police Department. He is currently assigned to the Detective Division with an emphasis in Prescription Drug Related Cases and Crimes against Persons. He has been with the Detective Division for the past 11 years. He is an instructor in Interview and Interrogation and also specializes in cases that involve Abusive Head Trauma to children. Dean's current assignment is as a task force officer with the DEA/Missoula HIDTA Drug Task Force.
Dean grew up in Missoula and then joined the United States Navy in 1986. He moved to Cheyenne Wyoming in 1990 where he worked as a Patrolman. He then moved back to Montana in 1996 where he worked as the Chief of Police in St. Ignatius, Montana for three years. He was hired by the Missoula Police Department in 1999 and has worked in several areas of the department such as the Target Gang Enforcement Unit, Civil Defense Unit, Field Training Officer and currently as Detective. Dean has been a member of MVCIA since 2007 and a board member since 2008 serving in various positions.