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May 07, 2013

NIU announces national search for top cop

Chief of police expected to be in place early in fall semester

DeKalb, Ill. — Northern Illinois University today announced a national search will soon be under way to find a police chief for its DeKalb campus.

The search is expected to last about 90 days and will include stakeholders from the campus and the DeKalb County area.

A search committee will be formed to direct the search process; due to the specialized nature of university policing, the university is considering retaining a consulting firm experienced in police chief searches.

Candidate interviews are expected to begin in late July.

“The search process will be inclusive and will feature broad representation from the university community. The process will also include participation from representatives of local law enforcement,” said Bill Nicklas, vice president for Public Safety and Community Relations. “The interview process will include meetings with stakeholder groups involving students, faculty and staff and law enforcement, among others.”

These stakeholder groups are also expected to include NIU Police Department supervisors and sworn officers, University Council leaders and representatives from the Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities and the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.

The goal of the search is the appointment of a university chief of police as early as possible in the fall semester.

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Media Contact: Paul Palian, NIU Media & Public Relations
Phone: 815-753-1681
Email: ppalian@niu.edu