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The University of Georgia
Finance and Administration
Posted: 04/25/2023
Chief of Police

Chartered by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia (UGA) is the birthplace of public higher education in America — launching our nation’s great tradition of world-class education for all. UGA is currently ranked 16th among the top public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The university’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff.  The university’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and nearly 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

The Position

The chief of police position reports directly to the vice president for finance & administration and will have direct managerial and supervisory responsibilities over all operational areas of the UGA police department. The chief of police will provide advice and support to the university’s extended campuses, and will work collaboratively with the associate vice president for public safety, other campus partners, and local and state law enforcement agencies to enhance public safety operations across the university and the local community. The chief of police will advise the president and other campus leaders on public safety matters and will provide reports and information as required to the University System of Georgia’s police chief and the associate vice president for public safety.


The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree in criminal justice, public or business administration, or a related field, and at least 10 years of progressively responsible management experience in law enforcement. Advanced management level training through the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, or Georgia Law Enforcement Command College is required. The successful candidate must possess POST certification in the State of Georgia or attain certification as a condition of employment. Preferred qualifications include law enforcement experience in a higher education research university environment, including public safety activities surrounding major sporting and other university events, and familiarity with Federal and State laws applicable to campus public safety including, but not limited to FERPA, The Clery Act, and Title IX laws and regulations.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin May 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at lpb@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email info@spelmanjohnson.comGeorgia is a state that does not require public salary disclosure. For salary information, please contact Laura Puckett-Boler. 

Visit the University of Georgia website at http://www.uga.edu/

UGA Police Department website: https://police.uga.edu/

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.