Vacancy: University seeks new Police Chief to lead DPS

Look’s like there’s gonna be a new sheriff in town. Georgetown is looking for a new Chief of Police. Last week, the University posted a job opening for the position of Police Chief in the Department of Public Safety on various websites, including the Washington Post.

What this means for the current Chief of Police is unclear. Since June 2010, Vice President of University Safety Rocco DelMonaco (pictured) has exercised operational command of DPS. In his capacity as GU Chief of Police, DelMonaco has recently begun writing a column as a part of Georgetown’s effort to appease the neighbors. In “Rocky’s Reports”, DelMonaco heroically “separates fact from fiction, sets the record straight, and keeps you in the know on campus and neighborhood public safety matters.”

The search for a new Chief of Police indicates that DelMonaco may be returning to a more limited administrative portfolio. Asked if the search means a reduction of DelMonaco’s authority, Stacy Kerr, University Assistant Vice President for Communications, issued this statement in an e-mail to Vox:

The safety of our students and members of the university community is the top priority for Georgetown. The enhancement of a DPS Police Chief reflects how seriously we take the responsibility of campus safety.

Prior to June 2010, DPS had been directed by Jeffrey van Slyke, whose checkered past at the helm of the University of Texas Police Department was not considered in his interview for his position at Georgetown. The abrupt end to van Slyke’s tenure was the result of an organizational review of DPS by Senior Vice President Spiros Dimoulitsas, who discussed the change in an e-mail to senior administrators at the time:

As a result of this review, we have decided to move strategic decisions relating to safety and security closer to the operational management of the Department of Public Safety. This will mean placing operational command of the Department of Public Safety directly under Vice President of University Safety Rocky DelMonaco, who will assume the management duties of the department.

Vice President DelMonaco has substantive experience in both roles and I am confident that he will be able to enhance and advance our efforts in the areas of safety and crime prevention. Department of Public Safety Director Jeff Van Slyke, who has served the university community well for the past two years, will continue as director through the end of May.

Less than two years later, it seems that the University is returning to its old ways. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operation of DPS, the responsibilities of the new Police Chief include the “direction of all law enforcement and security activities” and “strategic planning for short term and long term initiatives.”

The full job description is posted below. Unfortunately, Vox does not meet the minimum requirements necessary for the position (The FBI National Academy keeps deferring our application).

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for maintaining a year-round, safe environment. Its staff consists of the Police Chief, Associate and Assistant Directors, Patrol Captain, Sergeants, and Investigative, Communications, Patrol, and Security Officers.

DPS officers are commissioned special police officers, vested through the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, with full powers of arrest on campus property. DPS works closely with the Metropolitan Police Department and District of Columbia Fire Department. All officers are required to complete on-site training as well as training at the Consortium of Law Enforcement Training Academy during their first year of service.

The Police Chief reports directly to the Vice President for University Safety. The Office of University Safety reports to the Senior Vice President and oversees planning and response efforts for emergency situations.

The Police Chief is responsible for the overall direction of the Public Safety Program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Direction of all law enforcement and security activities.
  • Day-to-day operation and administration of a 60+ employee department.
  • Strategic planning for short term and long term initiatives.
  • The review of existing policies and procedures, and development of new policies and procedures.
  • Maintaining community relations with neighboring communities and law enforcement agencies.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of ten, though preferably fifteen years, of experience in progressively responsible positions in a large scale law enforcement agency or a major university, including several years in a supervisory role.
  • Additional experience in management and labor relations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • FBI National Academy training is preferred.

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