UOPD police chief search
Three finalist candidates for the University of Oregon Chief of Police will visit campus in July 2016, with several opportunities for engagement with members of the campus community. Each candidate will make a public presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. Also, each will have dedicated meetings with student representatives, faculty and staff representatives, and other key campus partners. The identity, resume and public schedule of each candidate will be published on the campus visits page, three days prior to each visit.
The University of Oregon is searching for a new chief for its campus police department.
1. The Position
The Chief of Police is responsible for leading and actively shaping all aspects of the department as it provides police services and meets public safety needs on campus.
The Chief leads the university’s multi-disciplinary compliance efforts relative to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and works closely with colleagues in Student Life, Research, Academic Affairs, Athletics, University Communications, Government Relations, Emergency Management and others.
The Chief of Police leads, directs, and strategically plans all functions and operations of the police department in the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and regulations, and the prevention of crime. The position includes organizing and directing the activities of the department’s three divisions -- Administrative Services, Security, and Law Enforcement Services.
The Chief reports to the Chief Resilience Officer/Associate Vice President for Safety and Risk Services.
2. Qualifying Characteristics
A visionary leader is required who can implement best practices to foster a community policing climate that encourages a free, open, and civil exchange of ideas, in support of the educational, research and public service goals of the university.
Candidates will be strongly considered if application materials articulate:
- Demonstrated ability to form effective and collegial relationships with individuals and groups representing a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.
- Demonstrated ability to provide positive and motivational leadership to police department personnel.
- Experience and ability to develop training programs for a police department;
- An understanding of the value of data and criminal intelligence, and the legal implications of managing both to make appropriate operational decisions.
- Ability to lead change efforts and build new programs in alignment with community needs.
- A reputation for honesty, candor and high ethical conduct.
3. Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.
A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible supervisory experience in a police organization in a variety of assignments (e.g., patrol, investigations, crowd management, crime prevention).
- Supervisory police organization experience must include a minimum of four years as police lieutenant rank or higher.
- Experience working with a multi-cultural population.
- Experience with leading and managing large events and in developing and implementing major initiatives, programs or projects.
- Within one year of hire, the successful candidate must possess or be in the process of successfully obtaining Oregon Police Officer and Executive Level certifications as required by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
- A valid Oregon driver’s license within 30 days of hire date.
- As required by the University of Oregon, all new police officer applicants must complete a psychological examination and a comprehensive background assessment that includes a criminal history check, and driving record review, a credit history analysis, a physical examination and drug screening, and an inclusive appraisal of work history prior to employment.
The University of Oregon Police Department has an annual budget of $4.65 million and employs a total of 61.0 FTE to provide law enforcement services and security services for approximately 30,000 daily occupants learning, teaching, researching and attending events on the 300-acre campus. The department was established in 2012 when the university was granted authority to establish a police department (formerly a public safety department).
UOPD facilitates and manages building access control, first response for medical or other emergencies, provides emergency dispatch, security assessment, and special event safety planning. UOPD personnel patrol the campus and respond to needs 24 hours per day, by vehicle, bike, and on foot.
UOPD’s vision is to become a world-class campus law enforcement agency reflective of a world-class university. UOPD uses a community policing approach and seeks to engage thoroughly with its community to build trust and teamwork to improve safety and security.
UOPD is a separate agency and distinct in its mission from the Eugene Police Department, and other local law enforcement agencies.
UOPD is part of the Safety and Risk Services unit within the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration’s division. The police department joins Emergency Management, Fire and Life Safety, Risk Management, and Environmental Health and Safety in a shared mission to safeguard campus and reduce vulnerabilities to enable students and faculty to safely teach, learn and conduct research.
The Safety and Risk Services unit creates opportunities to make cross-disciplinary partnerships more commonplace. This organizational structure encourages a broader look at risk and safety to solve problems collaboratively.
5. University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is a comprehensive public research university committed to exceptional teaching, discovery, and service. The UO is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities—one of only 36 public universities committed to scientific exploration and interdisciplinary research.
(This data is based on the fourth week of enrollment for fall term 2015.)
The UO Campus
Number of buildings on campus: 81
Acres of main campus: 295
- We value the passions, aspirations, individuality, and success of the students, faculty, and staff who work and learn here.
- We value academic freedom, creative expression, and intellectual discourse.
- We value our diversity and seek to foster equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful community.
- We value the unique geography, history and culture of Oregon that shapes our identity and spirit.
- We value our shared charge to steward resources sustainably and responsibly.
The University of Oregon provides a competitive benefits package to all eligible employees that includes options best suited to their needs and the needs of their family.
The insurance benefits, wellness programs, retirement plan choices, and other services offered are a sizable amount of an employee’s overall compensation and important factors in encouraging a healthy work-life balance at the UO. Explore benefit offerings in more detail at: http://hr.uoregon.edu/benefits.
The Eugene/Springfield community is well-known as the home of the University of Oregon. Eugene has a well-educated labor force with nearly 35% of the adult population having completed four or more years of college. Home to 154,620 people, Eugene is Oregon’s second-largest city. The community covers 41.53 square miles, with the Willamette River running through the heart of the city and the McKenzie River joining the Willamette just north of town. The city is surrounded on three sides by hills and is a one-hour driving distance to either the Pacific Ocean or the snow-capped Cascade Mountains. Eugene is immediately adjacent to Springfield, and together the metropolitan area has a population of 351,715.
The region offers residents an outstanding quality of life and a wide variety of recreational opportunities nearby, including rafting, fishing, golfing, hiking, skiing, and beachcombing. The area’s mild climate and lush landscape are a few of the community’s attractive features.
Eugene has earned the nickname of “TrackTown USA” and many residents are health- and fitness-oriented. Historic Hayward Field has hosted the Olympic Trials for Track and Field in 1972, 1976, 1980, 2008, 2012 and 2016, and World Junior Track and Field Championships in 2014. Overall, it is an attractive community with quality schools, a beautiful environment, a temperate climate, and a diverse, dynamic culture.
Eugene’s Hult Center for the Performing Arts, recognized as one of the finest facilities of its type in the state, brings renowned entertainers to the community throughout the year. It is home to seven resident companies, including the Eugene Symphony, Opera, Ballet, and the internationally acclaimed Oregon Bach Festival.
7. Campus Engagement Process
The university has a dedicated group of individuals serving on the search committee for the Chief of Police position. They represent important perspectives that make the UO a special place for the successful candidate.
Chair: Kassy Fisher, Assistant Vice President for Administration/Chief of Staff (Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration)
Sheryl Eyster, Associate Dean of Students (Office of the Dean of Students)
Malcolm Wilson, Professor of Classics (University Faculty)
Rory Isbell, Graduate Student (University of Oregon)
Max Burns, Undergraduate Student (University of Oregon)
AJ Dickson, Undergraduate Student (University of Oregon)
Nicole Commissiong, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs (School of Law)
Krista Dillon, Director of Emergency Management and Fire Prevention (Safety and Risk Services)
Jared Davis, Police Officer (UOPD)
Alice Cary, Interim Police Lieutenant (UOPD)
Herb Horner, Director of Security (UOPD)
Kelly McIver, Director of Communications (UOPD)
Pete Kerns, Chief of Police (Eugene Police Department)
Selecting a Chief of Police will be a thorough process to evaluate skills necessary to excel at the pinnacle of the law enforcement profession. The search committee will conduct in-depth analysis about qualified candidates’ abilities to meet high expectations expected and deserved by our campus.
Our timeline is ambitious to include opportunities for broad campus engagement as an important aspect of the selection process.
Updated August 2016, following finalist visits
- May 2016: Initial round of interviews with semi-finalists and members of the search committee
- July 2016: Campus visits for finalists to interview with members of the search committee, and public campus opportunities communicated in advance for students, faculty, staff and community members; reference checks for finalists
- August/September 2016: Comprehensive background check processes
- Late September 2016: Anticipated start date for the successful candidate
The University of Oregon is an EO/AA/ADA institution committed to cultural diversity. The university encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.
Candidates are encouraged to apply by WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016. For details about submission process, please visit http://jobs.uoregon.edu/unclassified.php?id=5500