Police - Who We Are

SGPD Group

801 Chief John Christmann
Chief Christmann retired from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office with over 20 years of Law Enforcement experience.  He was a member of the Criminal Interdiction Unit for the last several years of his career.  His specialty, while serving with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, was drug-interdiction and commercial vehicle inspection.  Chief Christmann was responsible for or assisted with the seizure of hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug related funds and illegal contraband.  He also is a certified instructor for the US DOT/Federal Government, training federal, state and local officers from all over the United States.  He is a certified Hostage Negotiator.  He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Criminal Justice and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Organizational Leadership.  Chief Christmann graduated from the prestigious Criminal Justice Executive Development (CJED) Class #1 in Richmond Kentucky.  He was hired as Chief in February of 2012 to re-establish the new Southgate Police Department.  Chief Christmann currently serves as the President of the Campbell County Police Chief’s Association.

803 Lieutenant Steven Collinsworth
Lieutenant Collinsworth is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.  He has been a member of law enforcement for the past twenty-five years, with twenty of those years at the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.  While in Boone County he was a member of the Tactical Response Team, Sniper, Field Training Officer, Traffic Collision Reconstructionist, Field Training Coordinator, Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspector, and Traffic Division Supervisor.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and retired at the rank of Lieutenant in 2012.  He has received numerous awards and commendations throughout his career.  He is a graduate of Columbia Southern University with a degree in Criminal Justice.  He has also graduated from the Criminal Justice Executive Development (CJED), the Academy for Police Supervisors (APS), and has over 3,000 hours in accredited law enforcement training.

805 Sergeant Danny Johns
Sergeant Johns began his career in November of 1988 as a part-time officer with the Highland Heights Police Department.  He transitioned into a full-time officer on July 1, 1990.  During his career he was promoted to Sergeant in January of 1996 and in October of 2007.  He is a graduate of the Criminal Justice Executive Development (CJED).  Sergeant Johns received the Medal of Valor while attempting the arrest of a bank robber who fired multiple times at police in Alexandria.  He also received the award for most DUI’s arrested as well as most seatbelt citations in the department for multiple years.  He retired after 21 years of service on December 25, 2009.  In 2011, when the new Southgate Police Department was formed, Sergeant Johns returned to duty.

806 Sergeant Ronnie Gross
Sergeant Gross was born in Harlan County Kentucky and graduated from Evarts High School.  He obtained a degree from Union College and has been involved in law enforcement for twenty-seven years.  He is a graduate of the Academy for Police Supervisors (APS).  He has served on Police Departments in Florence, Southgate, and Newport.  Sergeant Gross returned to the City of Southgate in August of 2012.  During his career he has worked in patrol, investigations, and was a member of the SWAT team for eleven years.  Sergeant Gross has won numerous awards for DUI enforcement and has received numerous letters of recognition for his work while investigating murders, robberies, drug trafficking, and other felony crimes.  Sergeant Gross was received the 110% award while working with the Newport Police Department and is happy to return to the City of Southgate.

811 Officer Jim Snider
Officer Jim Snider started his police career in 1987.  He served 21 years with the Newport Police before retiring in 2008.  During his time as a Newport Officer he served as a detective, DARE officer, SWAT team member, aerial observer and supervisor.  Officer Snider also served as a School Resource Officer for the Campbell County Police from 2009 until 2011.  Officer Snider has served 27 years in the United States Air Force active, Air National Guard, and reserve components.  He is a War on Terrorism Veteran with numerous assignments/deployments worldwide.  He retired from the USAF in 2009 as a Senior Master Sergeant.

Officer Dave Fillhardt
Officer Fillhardt comes to the City of Southgate with over 25 years law enforcement experience.  He retired from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department in 2013 after 20 years of service.  While on the Sheriff’s Department he served as a Field Training Officer, Police Training Officer, firearms instructor and investigated sex offender registry compliance.  Officer Fillhardt started his police career in 1988 as an officer with the Falmouth Police Department, where he served as a Field Training Officer, firearms instructor and shift supervisor.  Officer Fillhardt also served with the City of Alexandria Police Department, and for 15 years with the Southern Campbell Fire Department where he served as president, vice president, lieutenant, emergency medical technician, fire/extrication training instructor and is an N.F.A. certified arson investigator.

Officer Robert Wilson
Officer Wilson started his 22 year career as a Trooper with the Kentucky State Police where he investigated and successfully prosecuted various complex crimes including child sexual abuse, burglary, theft, arson, rape, assault, and murder.  Officer Wilson left the Kentucky State Police to eventually join the Boone County Sheriff’s Office in 2002.  Officer Wilson served as a Detective at both agencies.  From 2005 until 2013 while working for the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Wilson was assigned to the Internal Revenue Service as an Investigator in the Eastern District of Kentucky’s “Title 31 Task Force.”  The task force was formed to enforce the Bank Secrecy Act.  The BSA requires businesses to keep records and file reports that are determined to have a high degree of usefulness in criminal, tax, and regulatory matters.  Officer Wilson utilized the documents filed by businesses under the BSA requirements to identify, detect and deter money laundering whether the activity was in furtherance of a criminal enterprise, terrorism, tax evasion or other unlawful act.  Officer Wilson retired from law enforcement in 2013.  Officer Wilson earned his law degree while working full time from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at the Northern Kentucky University.  His undergraduate degree was earned at Arizona State University.

823 Officer Garrett Haynes
Officer Garrett Haynes was born in Northern Kentucky and graduated from Pendleton County High School.  He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and spent time in Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom as personnel security for high ranking officials.  He also spent time in Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom as a criminal investigator.  Officer Haynes began his law enforcement career with the Erlanger Police Department in 2015 and started with the City of Southgate in June of 2016.

816 Officer BT Pickett  (Part-Time)
Officer Pickett began his law enforcement career in 2003.  Prior to coming to Southgate, he worked for the Boone County Sheriff’s Department where he spent two years as a member of the SWAT team.  Officer Pickett began his service with the Southgate Police Department in September of 2012.  He is currently the police department’s firearms instructor.

821 Officer Joe Strange  (Part-Time)
Officer Strange is a graduate of Campbell County High School.  He spent four years in the United States Air Force as a firefighter and then worked for the Central Campbell Fire District for two years.  In September of 2002 he joined the police department in Highland Heights while working there he assisted with the evidence room, juvenile records and was a bike patrol officer.  Currently he is a full-time firefighter/engineer for Newport Fire/EMS.  He began working as a part-time officer for the City of Southgate in May of 2015.