University of South Alabama
Chief of Police
The University of South Alabama (USA), South, for short, is home to over 12,000 students. South is a dynamic community of leaders and learners who support and challenge one another to be actively engaged citizens who advance the Gulf Coast region and the world. Founded in 1963, South’s vision is to foster an environment that couples engaging learning experiences with high-level research, enabling our faculty and students to be leaders in their disciplines. South provides high-quality education in business, the liberal arts, education, engineering, computing, the sciences, and healthcare, offering more than 115 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees through its 10 colleges and schools. South is where students discover and strengthen their career passions and form connections that result in lifelong relationships.
USA Health stands as the only academic health system along the upper Gulf Coast. It provides excellent healthcare to the region's diverse population at University Hospital, the Mitchell Cancer Institute, Children's & Women's Hospital and physician practice sites throughout the area. With nearly 30 care delivery locations, the health system employs more than 5,200 clinical and nonclinical staff members, to meld clinical care, research and healthcare education into the most advanced medical care in the region.
Reporting to the chief administrative officer within the division of finance and administration, the chief of police is responsible for planning, organizing, implementing, and directing the law enforcement and public safety functions of the University of South Alabama, including USA Health. This position serves as the chief law enforcement officer of the University responsible for protecting life and property, enforcing all state and local laws and university regulations, preventing crime, and preserving order. The chief recommends public safety policy for the University, including University Hospital, the Mitchell Cancer Institute, Children's & Women's Hospital, a freestanding emergency department and numerous clinics.
The chief of police is expected to be a visible campus leader having frequent contact with students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, and the general public, as well as with members of the university board of trustees, civic and community leaders, directors and managers of government operations, and corporate and business executives. Further, this chief will build strong partnerships with local, state, and federal law enforcement and public safety agency directors and managers.
The chief oversees a dedicated department of 18 sworn police officers, a full-time support staff of seven civilian employees, and a $2.5 million annual budget.
The successful candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution and a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience at a command level within a law enforcement agency, preferably on a college or university campus. In addition, the new chief must have a valid driver’s license and maintenance of a driving record sufficient to maintain insurance coverage under the University of South Alabama and meet the minimum standards set by the state of Alabama for Police Officer. Prior to employment, the successful candidate must satisfactory complete drug/alcohol and psychological screenings. A master’s degree in a law enforcement-related field is preferred.
Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin March 6, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at https://apptrkr.com/5000409. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email email@example.com.
The public salary range is $150K - $170K with relocation assistance.
The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.