Chief University Police Department-State University of New York at New Paltz

The State University of New York at New Paltz seeks an effective, visionary leader to serve as Chief of University Police.

SUNY New Paltz:
We are a nationally recognized public comprehensive institution located on a beautiful campus 75 miles north of New York City in a picturesque area at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains with easy access to the City and nearby cultural and recreational amenities. A highly selective and diverse university, we enroll roughly 6,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. We continue to gain national recognition by outlets like U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Finance, and the Wall Street Journal’s survey-driven measure of value in higher education that emphasizes student engagement, outcomes and campus climate, among others. New Paltz’s mission and strategic objectives are supported by the core values of academic excellence, regional engagement, diversity and inclusion, and innovation.

The Position:
The accredited University Police Department (UPD) provides high quality law enforcement services to protect the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and visitors to the College. The Chief leads the Department, providing supervision, strategic direction, and collaboration with other campus, community and state organizations to maintain a safe and secure environment for the pursuit of the educational objectives of the campus community. The successful candidate must demonstrate an understanding of and sensitivity to diversity, equity and inclusion. In the words of former Chief, now SUNY Commissioner, Mary Ritayik:

University police officers serve a different clientele that has an educational mission. We provide that safety and security so that mission is achieved. Whether it be for a student, faculty, staff, parent, or alum. Our role on that campus is to provide that protection, but we as officers also have a role in that educational mission. Maybe not in the classroom, but in how we help these young individuals mature into responsible adults. Having the ability to help divert someone and send them down the right path is a great feeling. In addition, for some of our students, this is the first time away from home, and perhaps their first time interacting with law enforcement. It is at these critical interactions that we can help determine whether or not someone walks away with a better understanding of what we do or walk away hating cops. A campus is a collaborative environment that lends itself to opportunities to make positive interactions with our communities, build better relationships, and work together with various diverse individuals.

The Chief of University Police is a campus leader and is expected to contribute to the campus mission. The position is a Management Confidential position and reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs. As a member of the Division of Student Affairs, the Chief of University Police is expected to act in accordance with the Division values of collaboration, holistic student development, advocacy/inclusion/belongingness, responsive to individual needs, growth/learning, excellence/continuous improvement and service.

The Chief of University Police is responsible for the proper administration and efficient operation of university police department, including:

  • Supervise the maintenance of law and order on campus and the enforcement of Federal, State, and local laws as well as the rules and regulations of SUNY and the campus.
  • Management and supervision of approximately 20 full-time university police department staff represented by bargaining units.
  • Ensure appropriate preparation and implementation of emergency responses by UPD, including timely warnings and other relevant safety messaging; collaborate with the Office of Emergency Management.
  • Strategic planning and the assessment of departmental goals and tactics, embracing community policing as applied to a population largely comprised of emerging adults.
  • Maintain the department’s New York Department of Criminal Justice Services (NYDCJS) accreditation, earned in 2017, including the review and implementation of current internal policies and procedures that are in line with best practices.
  • Uphold the UPD Commitment to being an Anti-Racist Law Enforcement Agency.
  • Participate as a member of the UPD Advisory Committee, providing information and data as requested. The UPD Advisory Committee reports to the Vice President of Student Affairs who, along with the President, considers the group’s input on strategic matters, especially relating to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President for Communication and the Office of Communication and Marketing to ensure consistent and coordinated institutional messaging and branding that promotes community policing, including an annual report, along with social media.
  • Develop and advocate for appropriate preventive and security techniques to control crimes on campus.
  • Act as a liaison and pursue collaborative development opportunities with Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials and agencies to assure a mutual understanding of policies and to leverage resources for mutual benefit.
  • Manage the longstanding MOU relationship with New Paltz Police Department.
  • Act as a liaison with the SUNY System Commissioner in matters concerning recruitment, training and deployment of university police personnel.
  • Maintain productive relationships with related bargaining units working collaboratively and with the guidance of campus Labor Relations Designees in Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Collaborate with other campus offices to assure the accomplishment of university objectives in relation to University Police services.
  • Ensure on time and accurate mandatory reporting to external agencies including CLERY and NYDCJS.
  • Ensure that each university police employee receives basic and in-service training as required.
  • Review all reports submitted by university police personnel concerning incidents and investigations on campus.
  • Other duties or service as assigned related to a program of campus safety as directed by the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Office of the President.


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with a Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred
  • Certified NYS police officer
  • Significant experience in police administration, preferably in a university setting
  • At least 4 years in a supervisory or management capacity in a police department by Jan, 2022
  • Must have a demonstrated record of effectively working with diverse populations
    Must be willing to live within a one-hour commute from campus

Contact Information: Electronic submission required. Candidate will be required to submit a cover letter, CV and contact information for three professional references. To apply, please visit
Individuals with disabilities who need assistance with the application process should call (845) 257-3675.

Deadline: Applications accepted until position is filled.

Other important information about this vacancy: This position offers full New York State benefits which are among the most comprehensive in the country. The State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective, public college that is recognized regionally for the strength of its academic programs. It is located in the beautiful Hudson River Valley with easy access to New York City and other nearby recreational and cultural amenities.

SUNY New Paltz recognizes the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work here is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members–students, faculty and staff. The College’s commitment to inclusive excellence is an important part of our mission of public education and our culture. New Paltz continues to work on building a community that supports freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support these values of diversity and inclusiveness and candidates of all diverse backgrounds who wish to participate in our cultural aspirations are welcome and encouraged to apply.

The State University of New York at New Paltz is an AA/EOE/ADA employer. Federal law and regulations require notice to all prospective employees regarding crimes that have occurred on campus in the current three year period. Please refer to the University Police Web site for the complete Annual Security Report (Clery Report) at

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