Matthew Carmichael, currently chief of police at the University of California, Davis, will be the new chief for the University of Oregon Police Department. He is expected to start in Eugene on Sept. 12, pending completion of administrative paperwork.
"My family and I are beyond excited to join the UO community in Eugene," Carmichael said. "With a relatively new police department, the university has a great opportunity to become a national leader in campus safety and policing, and it’s an honor for me to participate in that effort."
Carmichael has been the chief at UC Davis since 2011 and served the school as a police lieutenant starting in 2002. His 30-year law enforcement career started with 16 years with the city of Pinole, California, police department.
At UC Davis, Carmichael established numerous initiatives to connect the department more closely to students and the campus community and to improve security on campus. These include: a student advisory council to build ties with students; an independent police advisory board, which addresses complaints of misconduct by officers; a student cadet program that has produced recent police officer hires with exceptional campus pedigrees; and a global liaison unit that works with international students on campus, and those from underrepresented groups.
Located near the California state capital of Sacramento, UC Davis has more than 35,000 students, including nearly 8,000 campus residents. The police department employs 50 sworn officers, along with nonsworn staff, and 120 student security assistants.