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An Illinois Public Agency

Meet the AIR-ONE Governing Board

Daniel O’Shea

Vice President
Todd Murry

Gary Caruana

Governing Board Member
David Ernest

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Chief Daniel G. O’Shea has been with the Rockford Police Department since April of 2016 after serving with the Elgin Police department from 1999 – 2016 and the prior 9 years, 1989-1998 with the Addison Police department.  During his 28 years in law enforcement Chief O’Shea has served as a Patrol Officer and as an investigator in various divisions including Traffic, Narcotics, Gangs, and Violent Crimes.  Chief O’Shea has been involved with Air-One since 2007 and has served as the Chief Tactical Flight Officer and as an air rescue support operator.

Chief Murray started his law enforcement career in 1984. He served most recently for the Ogle County Sheriff's Department from 1990 until September 2000 at which time he was appointed as Byron's Chief of Police. Chief Murray is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command and a graduate of the 198th session of the FBI National Academy.

Gary Caruana – Winnebago County Sheriff -  served nearly a decade as a Winnebago County Deputy Sheriff. During this time he served as a patrol officer, corrections officer, and process server allowing him to develop an understanding of the workings of the entire department. Sheriff Caruana, upon taking the Oath of the Office of Sheriff, in December 2014 recognized the need to develop strong working relationships with all Law Enforcement agencies to include Local, State and Federal Agencies. Sheriff Caruana enhanced the operational efficiency of Public Safety by adding a specialized unit comprised of Sheriffs’ Deputies to combat Violent Crime, Narcotics, and gun seizures as well as working in the area of human trafficking.
Caruana resides in Rockford with his wife and daughters.

Boone County Sheriff Ernest is the former Belvidere Police Department’s deputy chief of operations who oversaw the day-to-day operations of the patrol section, drug unit, investigations, tactical unit, gang unit, school resource officer, K-9 units and media relations.
Sheriff Ernest previously worked as a corrections officer and deputy for the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
He also served as a patrolman, DARE officer, accident reconstruction expert, hostage negotiator, investigator, undercover narcotics officer and sergeant of investigations for the Belvidere Police Department.

Governing Board Member
Brian Van Vickle

Governing Board Member
David Snyders

Governing Board Member
Pat Carr

Executive Director
Mark K Smith

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Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle was elected to office in 2014. Prior to being elected Sheriff VanVickle was employed with the Rochelle Police Department for 7 years. During this time he was assigned as a police K9 handler as well as a DUI Field Sobriety Instructor and Lidar/Radar Instructor. Currently Sheriff VanVickle is a member of the Governor’s Juvenile Detention Diversion Task Force, an Executive Member of the Illinois Sheriffs Association and Air One’s Illinois Terrorism Task Force representative.

During his first term Sheriff VanVickle has worked to implement many changes to the rural county including an active countywide drug enforcement policy, significantly upgrading radio communications and mobile dispatching while building beneficial working relationships with local police and fire agencies. This philosophy has extended to regional and state partners where Sheriff VanVickle is a member of the state Incident Management Team (IMT) holding Type 3 certifications in both Incident Command and Public Information Officer.

Upon taking office the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office joined AirOne and took possession of a UH-1 and OH-58 currently operated by AirOne.

Stephenson County Sheriff since 1998, currently serving my fifth term. Prior to becoming the Stephenson County Sheriff I served as a Freeport Police Officer for 21 years as a patrol officer, detective and shift supervisor. Graduate of the National Sheriff's Institute, FBI National Academy, 229th Session. Currently serving as president of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, First Vice President of the Illinois Sheriff's Association and President of Tyler's Justice Center for Children, a children's advocacy center serving Stephenson, JoDaviess and Carroll Counties. I have been associated with Air-One since 2007. The Stephenson County Sheriff Department has (1) UH-1N and (1) OH-58 Kiowa assigned to us and operated by AIR-ONE.

Interim Assistant Village Manager | Director of EMA and 911 Communications 
Pat Carr has been with the Village of Tinley Park since 2005 and is responsible for emergency planning, coordination, response and recovery from natural and manmade incidents. He also is the Village EMS Coordinator and oversees the 911 Dispatch Center.  Carr is a retired Air Force Major with 23 years of service. In addition to his military experience, he has held company leadership positions in operations and sales.  Carr was the founder and president of AvTurf LLC, where he invented and received eight patents for marketing, safety and erosion-control applications.  Carr received a bachelor’s degree in aviation management and a master's degree in public administration from Lewis University.

Executive Director Mark Smith is former law enforcement, a helicopter pilot, fixed wing piston aircraft pilot, and jet pilot who has enjoyed success in the railroad and transload rail industries.  He is an aviation and motorsports enthusiast in his spare time.  He is married to his wife Kimberly for 19 years and has an 11 year old daughter Skylar.