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Candidates for Chief of Police must provide a cover letter, résumé, and references. Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected. 

For additional information, please contact Human Resources at (405) 325-4310.

Chief of Police


Under the direction of the Vice President for University Operations and Chief Operating Officer for the University of Oklahoma System, The Chief of Police for the Norman Campus is responsible for, and has commensurate authority to, command, direct, and organize the campus Police Department. This includes establishing a long-term strategy with objectives for the department, developing policies and procedures on the campus, preparing the budget, and selecting, appointing, training, disciplining, and promoting officers and employees within the department. The Police Chief is responsible for providing and maintaining human safety and the security of campus property and immediately adjacent areas. The Police Chief plans, manages and directs the law enforcement of the campus including patrol, dispatch, investigations, records, safety planning and implementation of law enforcement services at all home athletic events (including OU football games and other large events), incident command, and gathering of information and crime statistics for Clery Act Compliance. In addition, the Police Chief represents the Police Department on campus, within the community, with outside law enforcement agencies, and participates on various campus committees regarding campus security and student safety for the campus community. The Police Chief must be committed to providing excellent customer service and community policing.

The Police Chief plays an integral part in the University's management team and has a highly visible role in the campus community and surrounding communities. Dedication to internal communications, employee involvement, campus interaction and participation, accountability at all levels within the agency and unquestionable personal and professional ethics are essential.


  • Plans, manages, and directs the law enforcement function of the campus, which includes the regular police services of patrol, investigation, crime prevention, and community relations
  • Facilitate an environment where collaboration, internal and external teamwork, impeccable community relations skills and a customer service orientation are the cornerstone of the departmental mission
  • Create, implement and maintain policies and procedures regarding personnel development (adhering to greater OU HR policies, standards and practices), including training, continuing education, internal investigations and disciplinary action
  • Special Event Planning and Oversight
  • Participates on various campus committees regarding issues related to campus security and student safety
  • Budget and Resource Management
  • University Liaison to various external groups/initiatives regarding public safety and law enforcement
  • Public Speaking, professional presentations


  • Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement, Police Administration, Criminal Justice or closely related field
    • Equivalent/Substitution: Will accept 48 months law enforcement experience in lieu of the Bachelor’s Degree for a total of 96 months related experience
  • Experience: 48 months progressively responsible experience in law enforcement and crime prevention with 24 months supervisory/management experience with police/security officers, and 12 months experience in administration of a police department/security force
  • Certifications and Licenses:
    • Must have a valid Oklahoma Driver’s License
    • Must be at least 21 years old, not convicted of a felony or domestic violence
    • Must be a CLEET certified police officer or a graduate of a Collegiate Officer Program
    • Must pass Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System Physical and background investigation

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree criminal justice, sociology/criminology, administrative leadership/public management, business, finance, or related field, or in an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Eight years of progressive administrative management responsibility for a complex, multi-unit organization, reporting directly to senior/executive management
  • Management experience in an academic environment, including exposure to and knowledge of relevant issues related to higher education
  • Experience managing safety and security for large (50,000+ people) sporting and/or community events
  • Have completed or be able to complete the CLEET Chief of Police Course within twelve (12) months of employment pursuant to Oklahoma Title 11, Chapter 1, Article XXIV, Section 34-102.5
  • NIMS IS-100 (Introduction to Incident Command System)
  • NIMS IS-200 (ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents)
  • NIMS IS-700 (National Incident Command System, An Introduction)
  • NIMS IS-800 (National Response Framework, An introduction)
  • NIMS IS-300 (Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents)
  • NIMS IS-400 (Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff)

  • Background Check Pursuant to O.S. Title 70, Chapter 50, Article III, Section 3311
  • Driver’s License Check
  • Post Conditional Offer Employment Testing:
    • Psychological evaluation Pursuant to O.S. Title 70, Chapter 50, Article III, Section 3311
    • Physical examination including standard drug testing
    • Polygraph examination

  • Demonstrated commitment to safety and well-being of all employees and students
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated oral, written, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of affirmative action and diversity
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of excellence in customer service
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Clery Act and its requirements for campus law enforcement
  • Demonstrated organizational, administrative and project management skills to include the ability to diagnose critical areas for attention and translate strategies into action
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse group of constituencies on all levels within the organization including city, county, state, federal agencies and community groups
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, either directly or through the application of persuasive influence
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment working within in a complex, multi-unit organization with diverse stakeholders
  • Advanced knowledge of campus buildings and streets
  • Advanced knowledge of State and Federal laws and university policy and regulations
  • Advanced knowledge of first aid and CPR
  • Advanced knowledge of relevant police equipment and the use of the equipment
  • Ability to analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems

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The University of Oklahoma is committed to assisting all members of the OU community in providing for their own safety and security.  The Sooner Safety and Fire Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. The Sooner Safety and Fire Report also contains information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by OU; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.  You can review the Sooner Safety and Fire Report here. To request a paper copy of the Sooner Safety and Fire Report, please click here for campus contact information.