Earlier today, Vice President for University Safety and Chief of Department of Public Safety Rocco DelMonaco Jr. announced his decision to end his tenure at Georgetown, effective June 30. In an email from Vice President of Public Affairs Erik Smulson, during the transition period the Associate Director for DPS Joseph Smith will take over as Interim Chief until the University finds a Rocky replacement.
Back in November 2011, Vox caught wind that the University was on the search for a new chief of DPS. At the time, it was not clear whether or not the DelMonaco was set to resign.
Full text of the email after the jump!
June 4, 2012
I write to announce that Vice President for University Safety and Chief of the Department of Public Safety, Rocco DelMonaco Jr. has informed us that he will conclude his tenure at Georgetown University effective June 30, 2012. I would like to express my deepest gratitude for all that Rocky has done as a valued member of our community.
In 2007, Rocky joined Georgetown as Vice President for University Safety after years of experience in security and safety with the federal government. He took on the role of Chief of DPS in 2010. Over the past five years, Rocky has led a talented and committed group of individuals who work each day to ensure our safety, deepened our relationship with the Metropolitan Police Department and enhanced our force by providing our officers the necessary skills and tools to succeed. I know so many at Georgetown join me in commending Rocky for his deep commitment to protecting our community.
As some of you may know, we are in the process of hiring a new Chief of the Department of Public Safety. I would like to thank Joseph Smith, who currently serves as Associate Director of the Department of Public Safety, for agreeing to serve as Interim Chief, effective immediately, until the next chief is selected.
During this period of transition, the Department of Public Safety will continue to report directly to me, and the Office of Safety & Environmental Management and the Office of Emergency Management & Operational Continuity will report to the Office of Risk Management.
Rocky has been a terrific colleague and he will be deeply missed. We will be celebrating Rocky’s contributions to our community later in June. Details will be shared soon.