Chief selected

On Monday, Aug. 15, Colorado State University named Jay Callaghan as its chief of police. Read more on SOURCE.

Position information

Colorado State University opened a nation-wide search for its next chief of police. The university has partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the world’s largest professional association for police leaders, to assist in finding candidates.

The successful candidate will embody the university’s values and vision while maintaining a safe environment for learning, research and outreach.

The CSU chief of police will significantly impact the future of Colorado State University. From culture to strategy, the ideal candidate must be aligned with the university’s vision.

The Colorado State University Police Department is committed to a guardianship policing model that is educationally focused, reciprocally respectful, and centered on community participation. This approach stresses the importance of supporting student health, safety, retention, and academic success.

The chief is responsible for a staff of 36 sworn employees, 20 civilians, and approximately 20 part-time student employees who serve the community 24 hours a day, year-round.

Through the chief’s leadership, the department strives to enhance the quality of life on campuses by building relationships, demonstrating stewardship, and working collaboratively to provide a safe environment for the university community, preserve peace, and reduce crime.

In addition, candidates will be expected to:

  • Possess leadership skills to engage with internal, university stakeholders, to understand the diverse safety needs and concerns of campuses, build community partnerships and embrace the opportunities of working with diverse university community.
  • Create programs and strategies to enhance the overall safety of the university community. This includes collaborative, proactive and visionary skills that engage with university community to assess needs and respond accordingly.
  • Create a proactive, safety-focused culture within CSUPD. Officers and civilians working in the Colorado State University Police Department expect to be positively influenced by a positive, driven individual. The chief will develop employees through their strengths and encourages them to improve on their weaknesses, gives praise often and with sincerity, and sets a tone for a positive department culture.
  • Communicate effectively. The CSUPD chief will communicate with broad audiences; the ideal chief must be able to communicate clearly within the department as well as with sensitivity to broad and various audiences, and communicate with transparency and authenticity.

Search Committee

  • Craig Chesson – search chair: assistant vice president and dean of students, Division of Student Affairs
  • Becca McCarty – search equal opportunity coordinator: coordinator of compliance & operations, Office of Equal Opportunity
  • Erin Frisch – search administrative support: CSU Police Department
  • Vivian Wang – search administrative support: Safety and Risk Services
  • Laura Giles: associate executive director of Housing & Dining Services
  • Jim Abraham: radiation safety officer, Environmental Health Services
  • Merry Gebretsadik: student representative, Associated Students of Colorado State University
  • Brad Conner: faculty, Department of Psychology
  • Frank Johnson: interim chief, Colorado State University Police Department
  • Rebecca Miller: Clery compliance director
  • Prabha Unnithan: faculty, Department of Sociology

Fall 2021

Hire Search Firm

International Association of Chiefs of Police hired to led search.

Fall 2021

Appoint Search Committee

Search committee named in November, 2021.

Spring 2022

Accept Applications

Applications are currently being accepted through the search firm.

Spring 2022

Stakeholder Meetings

The search firm and search committee will meet with university stakeholder groups to obtain feedback about the ideal candidate. Stakeholder groups will receive invitations directly from the committee.

June 2022

Identify Finalists

Three finalists will be identified in late June.

July 2022

Search Committee Interviews

July 2022

University Open Forums with Finalists

Dates, times and locations to be announced.

Summer 2022

Finalist Named