The University of Utah — Chief of Police

Founded in 1850, the University of Utah is a public, top-tier research 1 university, serving Utah and the global community. As the state’s flagship university, “the U” is classified among “Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity,” and is a center for academics, powerhouse PAC-12 sports, and the health sciences. Residing on 1,535 acres in the vibrant state capital of Salt Lake City, the University serves over 33,000 students engaged in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. With 18 colleges and schools and more than 100 departments/divisions, the University of Utah offers 113 distinct undergraduate degrees, concentrated into 89 majors, within 25 broad fields of study. For graduate students, the well-regarded S.J. Quinney College of Law, College of Engineering, College of Education, and David Eccles School of Business all offer degree programs. The U of U School of Medicine, which is particularly well regarded for its primary care program, is the only medical school in the state, and University of Utah Health is made up of 12 health centers and four hospitals in 16 locations.  

Reporting to the chief safety officer (CSO), the chief of police works closely with Department of Public Safety staff, students, faculty, administration, and the local community to direct and administer the overall policing and public safety initiatives, as well as promote a safe and secure environment across the University. The chief provides direct oversight to police and security operations, campus emergency management and dispatch services, ensuring that policing policies and practices are followed and that safety operations are coordinated across all areas of campus. The chief directs and oversees the operations and strategic planning of all police functions pertaining to police services, security, and law enforcement programs; acts as a catalyst between departments, faculty, staff, students, and external entities to ensure continuity and quality of service; and supports the University of Utah’s goals and mission.

The chief assures appropriate programs are in place to meet the compliance needs of the University, and administers federal, state, and local safety law to ensure University security remains in compliance. The chief of police acts as a liaison with local, state, federal law enforcement agencies on all matters pertaining to security; oversees and supervises all armed police personnel; provides strategic direction by setting short and long-term goals, estimating budgetary requirements for staff, space and equipment planning, and implementing special projects and policies; forecasts staffing, capital and operating budget needs; and ensures high customer satisfaction by analyzing complaints, concerns and suggestions and providing appropriate follow-through. Additionally, the chief facilitates cooperative and collaborative community and institutional relationships; participates in departmental and university-wide committees; and supports management and supervisory staff through professional development opportunities and/or educational programs. The chief of police is responsible for a comprehensive staff of 127 and oversees a budget of approximately $16 million. 

The position requires a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in Criminal Justice, Police Science, a related area, or the equivalency, as well as a minimum of six years of progressively more responsible management experience. Additional requirements include Police Academy Category 1 Police Officer certification, as well as demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communication skills. Leadership training, such as the F.B.I. National Academy, Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command or similar programs is highly preferred. Prior law enforcement experience at a higher education institution, working with a diverse student body on an urban campus, is also highly preferred. Qualified applicants must successfully complete the department-approved physical fitness test, a thorough background investigation, and must be willing to submit to a drug screening test.

Review of applications will begin Friday, November 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at jsd@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the University of Utah website at www.utah.edu. 

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

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