Chief of Police-University of Northern Colorado


Position Summary: Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Chief of Police has primary responsibility for managing the University Police Department, which encompasses all administrative, operational, and financial responsibilities for a 24-hour/365 days-a-year department of 16 officers, 7 communications staff and multiple part-time student employees. Additionally, the Chief of Police supervises the Clery compliance officer, and has responsibility for emergency operations for the University. The UNC Police Department is a full-service police agency with full police powers. The Chief of Police will manage patrol, crime prevention, campus and community relations, officer recruitment and training, crime statistic reporting, special event security, and other safety services. This is a community policing position, working closely with a variety of campus partners and local constituents to develop and implement programs and services related to the wellbeing and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors, the protection of university property, and prevention of crime. The position creates, supports, and implements plans to promote diversity and inclusion within the department, and continuously broadens the department’s awareness and understanding of the various cultural, gender, ethnic, racial, religious, and geographic backgrounds at the University and in the surrounding communities. This position manages an annual budget of approximately $2.0 million.

Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. 10 years law enforcement experience, including three years of serving in the rank of lieutenant or higher and evidence of increasing level of responsibility in a police organization. Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified, or capable of obtaining Colorado POST certification within six months of appointment. Valid driver’s license in the State of Colorado or capable of obtaining Colorado driver’s license. Able to complete extensive background investigation to include criminal, civil, psychological, polygraph, and financial considerations.

Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of continuing education and advancement, such as a master’s degree from an accredited university or successful completion of police leadership trainings/endorsements, such as the FBI National Academy, CACP Executive Certification, or Northwestern University Public Safety Management & Leadership courses. Experience in collegiate policing, community-oriented policing, and emergency management.

Salary and Benefits: Salary range is $110,000-$120,000. Benefits available include health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement plans. Dependents and spouses of UNC employees who are employed at 0.5 FTE or above are eligible for undergraduate dependent tuition grants of up to 50%. These tuition grants will cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist. Other benefits may be available based on position.

Desired Start Date: July 1, 2021

Additional Requirements and Information: Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within one (1) month of hire.

Required Notice: In compliance with the Clery Act, the most recent University of Northern Colorado Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online ( and a paper copy can be requested at the UNC Police Department. This report contains crime statistics and policy statements related to safety, conduct processes and Title IX investigations.

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