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The recruitment advisory committee expects finalist candidate visits for the position of Chief of Police starting May 25, 2017.

As part of the interview process, you are invited to a public forum where the candidates will give a brief presentation on the topic of “What should be the primary objectives of the Chief of Police at UC Davis for the short and long term? What specific steps should a Chief of Police at UC Davis take to balance public safety, the needs of a diverse community, and free speech rights?" Each forum will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

The public forums will be audio recorded and the recordings will be posted following the last candidate’s presentation. Due to the time required for processing the recordings, there will be a delay between the final presentation and the posting of the recordings to this website. The audio recordings will be available for 72 hours once they are posted.

Candidate A
Thursday, May 25, 2017
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Hyatt Place UC Davis, Executive Meeting Room

Candidate B
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Manetti Shrem Museum, Community Education Room

Candidate C
Monday, June 5, 2017
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Hyatt Place UC Davis, Executive Meeting Room

Candidate CVs are posted 48 hours in advance of the interview. To protect the confidentiality of the candidates, you are required to enter your Kerberos ID and password in order to access the candidate names and CVs. Please do not share candidate names, CVs or recordings outside of the UC Davis community.

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Your participation in the process is strongly encouraged and your feedback is very important in helping us select the next Chief of Police. Interim Chancellor Hexter and Interim Provost Burtis welcome comments on the candidates. Those comments should be sent by e-mail to no later than Monday, June 12, 2017.

UC Davis has launched a nationwide recruitment for the Chief of Police. This position reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.

The Chief of Police leads the Police Department in support of UCD's academic mission of teaching, research, and public service and patient care. The Chief is responsible for providing leadership to assure the Police Department executes to the highest standards its public safety mission of providing a secure and safe environment through the "Community Policing" model, which enhances the quality of life for the campus and medical center community.

The chief works with command and civilian staff to establish and articulate a unified, inclusive and comprehensive vision from which specific goals, objectives, and performance measures are identified to ensure the safety and security of the campus community. The Chief has ultimate responsibility for successful implementation of this plan, and for holding staff accountable in this endeavor

The Chief of Police has oversight of the Police Department which encompasses 2 separate locations (Davis Campus and Medical Center – Sacramento) with 80+ employees in two divisions; Police Administration and Operations (Patrol).  The Chief of Police collaborates with surrounding local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and University of California Police Departments system-wide and in the region with respect to mutual aid agreements and other professional commitments and provides guidance to the management team to ensure decisions and actions are consistent with organizational goals, values, policies, and law enforcement standards.

The recruitment advisory committee, chaired by Milton Lang, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life, and co-chaired by School of Law professor Elizabeth Joh, is composed primarily of faculty, staff and students and also includes members of the City of Davis Police Department and Yolo County District Attorney's Office to ensure that the views of the external community are represented and considered during the recruitment process.

Gary Peterson, of the national executive search firm Ralph Andersen & Associates, is assisting the recruitment committee in identifying potential candidates for this critical position. Advertisements have been placed in The Chronicle of Higher Education and with other leading organizations. 

Nomination Process

Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to Gary Peterson at

Members of the campus community are encouraged to send comments about the qualifications the university should be looking for in candidates for this position. Emails should be sent to

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