Chief of Police – University of West Georgia

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About the University of West Georgia

Just west of Atlanta, the University of West Georgia is a second home for more than 1,800 faculty and staff members dedicated to transforming lives and changing perspectives. With over 13,700 undergraduate and graduate students and nearly 90 programs of study, we’re a university of anything’s possible. We embrace diversity. We value community. We drive growth. We engage – as students, faculty and staff – and work collectively to be the best comprehensive university in America, sought after as the best place to work, learn and succeed.

Join our pack and get a front seat to history in the making. Special things happen when you Go West. Come see for yourself.

Nature of Work  

The University Police Department supports the mission of the University of West Georgia by playing a critical role in public safety and the protection of all constituents while serving as a campus partner to other units that address the needs of the University community.

The Chief of Police for UWG reports to the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance. As the senior law enforcement officer for the university, the chief is responsible for the overall leadership, strategic planning, and management of a state accredited university police department. The University Chief of Police directs a department of 42 staff members, including 31 certified police officers. The University Chief of Police has significant strategic, operational and administrative responsibilities in the areas of police patrol, emergency communications, criminal investigation and/or prosecution, physical security, records management, crime prevention, emergency management planning, regulatory compliance, community outreach, and threat analysis/response.

Additional responsibilities include the development of processes which continually assess campus safety needs and the effectiveness of police department programs and services; full compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act; and collaboration with the senior law enforcement officer of the University System of Georgia. UWG is looking for a dynamic law enforcement professional that is focused on student success through a community oriented policing philosophy and who leads through a strong example of integrity, inclusion, and transparency. The chief should possess extensive knowledge of law enforcement policies, practices and accreditation standards relevant to a higher education setting.


Required Qualifications   

Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field, progressively responsible experience in law enforcement to include supervisory experience at the command level (lieutenant or above for five years) or an equivalent level of education, training and experience. Must have or be able to obtain Peace Basic Law Enforcement (PBLE) Certification by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council within one year of employment. The successful candidate will have the ability to work with the Emergency Management Director to develop emergency operations plans. Experience building cooperative working relationships with a wide range of constituencies; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.


Preferred Qualifications  

Experience in a college or university setting. Advanced degree in criminal justice, public administration or related field. Relevant certification or training.


Commensurate with Experience

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions  

Applicant must have the ability to meet the physical and medical standards approved for this position.

Certifications Required 

Eligible for certification by the Georgia POST Council within one year. Valid Georgia Driver’s License.

Notice to Applicants 

Please be advised that should you be recommended for a position, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents policy requires the completion of a background check as a prior condition of employment.

It is the policy of the University of West Georgia to follow federal law in regards to affirmative action and equal opportunity. The University of West Georgia’s affirmative action program and related policies are developed in compliance with Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, as amended; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Sections 503 & 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II) and their implementing regulations; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as it amends 38 U.S.C. 4212.

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