Chief of University Police

Maryville, MO
Northwest Missouri State University

Position Summary:

The Chief of Police is the administrative leader of the University Police Department and Emergency Management. The Chief will refine and implement new initiatives, services and training opportunities while also developing stronger and positive relationships with students, employees and departments across campus. This position will lead a strategic, thoughtful and holistic transformation of policing, safety and emergency management, ultimately resulting in enhanced community-oriented policing practices, strengthened student engagement, build deeper campus partnerships, implement innovative updates to services, improve communication, accountability and transparency.

Essential Functions:

  1. Provide strategic leadership and institutional oversight for all operations to include: general policing, campus site security, emergency response, both physical and electronic security systems and technologies, parking services, records management and event support.
  2. Provides leadership in developing an implementing departmental mission, vision, and values that support the institutional efforts and goals.
  3. Coordinates and fosters relationships with City, County, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies. Serves as the primary campus contact with these agencies in support of our campus community.
  4. Directs and trains University Police staff in response to emergency events or similar incidents and acts as on-scene incident commander.
  5. Develops, implements, and manages departmental policies, procedures, budgets and all personnel matters
  6. Ensures that both the University Police staff and the campus community are offered and obtain the necessary training, table top excises, and drills in order to foster a safe and secure campus.
  7. Track and record actions regarding issues of diversity, equity and inclusion while infusing these values into the ethos of their staff/department.
  8. Possess knowledge, interpretation and application of Clery and the collection of applicable crime statistics. Publish all local, state, and federal required reports.
  9. Ability to analyze stressful situations, conduct threat assessments and serve on interdisciplinary teams.
  10. Expertise in state-of-the-art law enforcement practices, including the use of new technologies, and experience in the delivery of law enforcement services within a diverse community.
  11. Demonstrate collaboration and relationship-building skills and the ability to generate consensus and credibility throughout campus; possess a reputation for honesty, candor, and high ethical conduct and demonstrate outstanding professional and personal integrity.
  12. Ability to select, develop, and motivate staff and to lead in an environment that encourages teamwork; possess the skills to advise, coach, and mentor staff effectively on leadership, training, and safety.
  13. Ability to be an effective facilitator who can lead critical analysis of existing and future processes and can assist those involved in formulating recommendations for improvement without alienating others
  14. Enforce University polices, municipal, state, and federal laws and statues.
  15. All other duties as assigned.


  • Education: BS or BA degree.
  • Certification/License: Must have a Missouri Peace Officer Certification or Peace Officers Certification from a compact state, or ability to achieve within 60 days of start date, ICS 100, 200, 300, 400.
  • Experience: 10 years’ experience in law enforcement/safety and security and/or as an emergency first-responder, 3 years supervisory experience.
  • Skills: Ability to receive an maintain a Missouri Driver’s License and successfully complete a criminal background check.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Education: Master’s Degree or FBI National Academy Graduate or Northwestern School of Police Staff & Command.
  • Certification/License: Must have a Missouri Peace Officer Certification or a Peace officers.
  • Certification from a compact state, ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, Certified Emergency Manager and Threat Assessment Certified.
  • Experience: 10 years’ experience as a law enforcement officer, campus law enforcement/security experience, 5 years supervisory experience, experience working within a higher education institution.
  • Skills: Ability to receive and maintain a Missouri Driver’s License and successfully complete a criminal background check.