Committee Launches Search for New Chief of Police

Kelsey Cummings ’13
Associate Editor

Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges have formed a search committee to begin the process of finding and hiring a new Campus Chief of Police. The Chief of Police position serves all three colleges.  Smith’s representatives on the committee are Dean of Students Julianne Ohotnicky and Tiffany Peterson ’15.

I feel the search committee is comprised of a diverse group of people representative of the three colleges for which the department serves,” said Peterson in an e-mail. “We have all contributed to a detailed discussion of what qualities and skills we would like to see in our new Chief of Police. Myself and other members of the committee have expressed a desire to find someone with a strong background in community policing. This is one quality of many that I value highly.”

According to Ohotnicky the committee has begun its review of submitted applications, and “final candidates will be invited to meet with the larger communities of each of the campuses.”

“[The committee] has discussed many qualifications that will be important in a new chief and believes that experience in community policing, strong management skills and care and understanding for working on college campuses rise to the top as some of the important qualities of a successful candidate,” said Ohotnicky in an e-mail.

Peterson serves as the chair of the Campus Police Committee and Smith’s student representative on the search committee.

“We would like to find a new Chief who shows the same commitment and dedication to community outreach as myself and many Campus Police Officers,” said Peterson. “I have the interest of students in mind when contributing to the committee’s discussion of the qualities we would like to see in a new Chief. [Students] tend to be passionate about their experiences here at Smith and I want to do my best to ensure the student body that we will find a new chief with a commitment to serve our community and transition well to the environments here at Smith as well as Mt. Holyoke and Hampshire.”

The committee’s search is underway for the immediate future, and students are encouraged to contact Ohotnicky and Peterson with questions and feedback regarding the search. They can be contacted at johotnic@smith.edu and tpeterso@smith.edu.

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