Assistant Vice President / Chief of Police

Search Status

Accepting Applications

Search Date Range

October, 2021 to February, 2022

Position Description

Chief of Police (AVP/Chief) is responsible for the overall planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive, inclusive, and dynamic public safety and law enforcement program for the University of Arizona community.

Through this individual’s leadership, the department will further advance its efforts in engagement, managing a full array of campus- and community-based initiatives designed to deter criminal activity by proactively engaging the campus community and building positive relationships. While the main campus and police operation are located in Tucson, the Chief will also provide police leadership to campuses in Phoenix and Sierra Vista, as well as sites in every county of Arizona.

The Chief leads a highly professional and valued police operation with a total staff of 106, including 8 direct reports and 60 sworn officers, and is responsible for an annual budget of $8.1 million. This individual provides leadership, mentoring, direction, and management for the department, including officer recruitment, training, and management; patrol operations; event management; investigations; community outreach and policing; crime prevention strategies; crime statistic and federal compliance reporting; budgeting and fiscal oversight; and crisis and emergency response management.

Talent Link 

Search Firm

Spelman Johnson

Search Firm Contact

J. Scott Derrick


Committee Chair Name

Ivy Banks (Co-chair), Associate Vice Provost, Diversity and Inclusion | 

Richard Carmona (Co-chair), Special Advisor to the President, Professor, Public Health | 

Other Committee Members

Aaron Barnes, Associate Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

Stefano Bloch, Assistant Professor, School of Geography and Development

Miguel Delgado, Director, Insurance Programs

Beverly Elliott, Black Advisory Council Representative

Cindy Ewer, Police Lieutenant, UAPD Officer

Holly Jensen, VP, Communications

Selena Llamas, Hispanic Advisory Council Representative

Amanda Perlman, ASUA/UG Representative

Celina Ramirez, VP University Initiatives

Jim Sayre, Executive Director, Parking and Transportation

Shilpita Sen, GPSC/Grad Representative

Mary Beth Tucker, Interim AVP, Equity and Title IX Coordinator

Derek Van der Merwe, AVP/Chief Operating Officer

David Wagner, Senior Associate General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel

Kendal Washington-White, Vice Provost, Campus Life/Dean of Students

Lori Winans, UAPD Records Supervisor, UAPD Non-sworn member