Apr 2008 - Nov 2009
Oct 2003 - May 2008
Detective / Corporal
City of McKinney
Jan 1992 - Jul 2003
Staff Non-commissioned Officer
United States Marine Corps
Photography, Reading, Consulting, Security Risk Assessment, Active Shooter Response and Management, Investigative Case Management, Covert/Undercover Operations, Drug Investigations, Weapons Instruction and Employment
Throughout his life and career, security consultant, law enforcement professional, and former Marine Staff Sergeant Chris Grollnek has maintained involvement in a vast array of educational, professional, civic, and personal endeavors. As a member of the United States Marine Corps from 1992 through 2003, Grollnek ascended through the ranks of Private First Class, Corporal, and Sergeant before reaching Staff Sergeant, serving in such capacities as Senior Drill Instructor, Close Combat Instructor, Master Instructor, and Assistant to the Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps Detachment. Following his honorable discharge, while awaiting his classification by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a disabled veteran in 2000 Chris Grollnek joined the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, H&S Company, in San Antonio, where for the next three years he performed as Armory Staff Noncommissioned Officer in Charge and Reserve Battalion Operations Chief. In addition, Chris Grollnek completed an internship as a Personal Protection Officer at Perot Systems (since acquired by Dell) in Dallas and earned his B.S. in Business Management and Leadership Studies from the University of Maryland University College during this time.By 2003, Chris Grollnek had joined the McKinney Police Department in McKinney, Texas, where he continued to diversify his skill set as a security expert. After two years as a Patrol Officer with the McKinney Police, Grollnek was transferred to the narcotics bureau to work undercover, where he trained his attention on the illicit drug trade. Grollnek later became patrol supervisor and tactical team member with the McKinney Police, supervising officers across multiple divisions, performing criminal investigations, and more. Retiring from the McKinney Police in 2011, Chris Grollnek left with a number of departmental distinctions, including a Police Shield, a civic achievement award, two Unit Commendations, three Merit Awards, and field training officer recognition. Today, Chris Grollnek splits his efforts between duties as a partner at security consulting and training organization Countermeasure Consulting Group, LLC, and continuing studies at the University of Phoenix, where he will earn an M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security in December 2011.Recognized for his service to the community, Chris Grollnek has donated his time and energy to a wide range of philanthropic causes on a local, state, and national level. Over the years, Grollnek has volunteered at the McKinney Independent School District gang and awareness group; the Nexus Recovery Center, Inc.; the Texas Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition; and Scott’s Helping Hands, which he cofounded in 2007 to address issues of adolescent substance abuse. Away from his work, Chris Grollnek enjoys all manner of recreational activities, practicing digital photography and reading whenever possible. Along with his family, Grollnek resides in McKinney, Texas.
Law enforcement accomplishments include: Police Shield, 3 Merit Awards, 2 Unit Commendations, Civic Achievement Award, and Field Training Officer Recognition. Marine Corps Awards and Commendations: First place for "meritorious" promotion to Staff Sergeant at Depot Level, South Carolina. Other "meritorious" promotions include: Sergeant (2nd FSSG board), Corporal (2nd FSSG board), Private First Class (boot camp). Chris Grollnek is recognized as a "Master Instructor" ranking him in the top 7% of instructors. He earned this prestigious title at Aberdeen Proving Grounds from Major General Dennis Jackson, USA January 22, 1999 after a nine month pursuit. Instructors must apply, promote through instructor ranks with academic excellence, complete several curriculum development plans, be evaluated on teaching, and the completion of a capstone project graded by their peers and command staff. Navy & Army Commendation Medals - Navy (3) & Army Achievement Medals + 15 campaign medals / ribbons
Scott's Helping Hands, ASIS International, International Association of Under Cover Officers, American Legion, Marine Corps Association, Marine Corps Drill Instructors, Nonprofit Leadership Think Tank, Semper Fi Network - United States Marine Veterans - USMC, Social Media for Non Profits, Support Our Troops and their Loved Ones, Thin Blue Line Network, University of Maryland University College Alumni, University of South Carolina Alumni Network
Strengths are in sales, interviewing, interrogations, communication, teaching, planning, coordinating, managing, and delivery of immense investigations with limited resources and stringent time lines. Government Secret Clearance issued in 1992 and re-issued in 1998-2000.