Chief of Police-University of Kansas Public Safety Office (KS)

Chief of Police
University of Kansas Public Safety Office


The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas is a major public research and teaching institution of nearly 28,000 students, 2,600 faculty and 3,400 staff. The campus consists of 858 acres supporting 13 schools, 12 designated research centers/institutes and offers more than 370 degree programs. The University’s diverse community of students and faculty are united by KU’s mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities and make discoveries that change the world.

Reporting to and serving at the pleasure of the Vice Provost for Operations and Chief Human Resource Officer, the Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police is responsible for providing leadership and direction for all operations of the Office of Public Safety. The incumbent will formulate a strategic vision and mission for the department, develop policies and make policy and procedural decisions related to the operation and delivery of the department, police services and the security of the University. The incumbent will implement procedures for enforcement of agency regulations, state and federal laws and local ordinances.

In a continuing effort to provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The successful candidate must meet all position requirements by the effective date of the appointment.

The University is located in Lawrence, a city with a population exceeding 95,000. The community is known for its support of the University, education, arts, and research and regularly appears in various “best town” listings. Lawrence is centrally located between the State of Kansas Capitol in Topeka and the major metropolitan community of Kansas City.
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Benefits: State of Kansas benefit package

Required Qualifications:
v Bachelors Degree in Police Science, Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Public Administration or a related field.
v Ten years of experience in commissioned law enforcement work with at least five years of progressive advancement in supervisory and administrative capacities.
v Hold and maintain all required police and National Incident Management System (NIMS) training certifications.
v Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing as evidenced through application materials, interview, and references. Experience in making public statements as necessary in a law enforcement capacity.
v Supervisory experience.
v Five years of progressive experience in managing, directing and/or organizing a large organization or unit.
v Experience in handling and responding to sensitive University, community and organizational issues, concerns and/or needs.

Application review will begin March 31, 2021 and will remain open until the position is filled. To apply, please go to A complete application packet will include the following items:
• Resume;
• Cover letter describing how you meet the required qualifications.; and
• List of 3 professional references.
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
• Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).