Chief of Police and Public Safety Director

Towson University


The Chief of Police and Public Safety Director plans, organizes, coordinates, directs and evaluates activities of the Public Safety Unit with the support and direct participation of those reporting to them, assigns and directs policies and regulations, and determines priorities of the Departments within Public Safety. This position directs efforts concerning Public Safety staffing, training, job requirements, salary administration and other human resource matters; is accountable for the performance and conduct of all subordinate personnel; advises on the selection and termination of all employees, promotions and assignments; as well as all serious disciplinary matters; serves as the Step One Hearing Officer for all formal employee grievances. Ensures the Departments comply with applicable law, regulations, policies, and procedures, including accurate and timely Clery Act reporting and compliance. Prepares, reviews, and approves policies, regulations and procedures governing the operations and administration of the Departments. Coordinates with allied law enforcement agencies and maintains active liaison with other state, and federal agencies.


Bachelor’s degree and in criminal justice, public administration, education, social sciences, or closely related field and at least ten years of demonstrated leadership in safety/security, including increasing level and scope of responsibilities, supervisory experience and management capacity required. Certification as a sworn Police Officer recognized by the Maryland Police Training Commission within the last three years also required.

Preferences include:
Master’s degree and experience with college or university campus safety strongly preferred.
The successful candidate should be familiar with best practices related to assessment, and should have proven knowledge of community policing, campus security, crime prevention education and training, and program assessment, and should demonstrate a proven track record of collaborating with campus and municipal community stakeholders to address safety issues and student behaviors.
The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal, organizational, oral and written communication, public speaking and listening skills, and will demonstrate positive leadership skills and the ability to motivate subordinates in a constructive, team focused, and disciplined manner.
The ability to work collaboratively with campus partners is an essential characteristic for the successful candidate.
Excellent managerial skills to administer the department’s budget and resources, and a commitment to participating in and promoting ongoing education, training and professional development for staff, incorporating career development and retention strategies, are highly desired.
The ability to manage regulatory compliance efforts and multiple concurrent projects is particularly important, as is the ability to prepare a campus Annual Security report and utilize the incident Command system for major events.
A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission.
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