LeRoy Forsman is the Director of the Law Enforcement Program for the College of Western Idaho and has more than 40 years of experience in public service. He came to CWI in 2013 following completion of more than 33 years in public safety. 31 of those years were in law enforcement culminating with his last assignment as Chief of Police for the Nampa Police Department. Chief Forsman also has more than three decades of experience as a police academy instructor. He holds numerous instructor certifications, has been a master instructor in defensive tactics, and a use of force expert for the State of Idaho. Chief Forsman holds a BA from Northwest Nazarene University and a MA in Criminal Justice Leadership from Concordia University, St. Paul.
Chief Forsman has been married to his wife Becki for 40 years. They enjoy traveling extensively and have attended more than 50 concerts around the country in the past 10 years They play lots of golf wherever they go, and love spending time with family (preferably on a beach somewhere). They also donate a large amount of time to working with state and regional law enforcement agencies and underprivileged kids around the Christmas season. Chief Forsman is a member of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas and volunteers for the Santa America organization. Santa America is a small group of select Santas across the U.S. providing special visits throughout the year to Wounded Warrior Project participants, kids with Autism, and juvenile cancer patients. As a veteran, Chief Forsman especially appreciates the opportunity to work with a large number of military units during the holidays as well as before or after deployments that required our service members to be away from home over Christmas.