University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

Chief of Police


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and Spelman Johnson invite inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of chief of police. The anticipated start date is November 2021.


Founded over 60 years ago based on the belief that Milwaukee would need a great public university to become a great city, UWM has a dual research and access mission aimed at serving the diverse needs of Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan area by furthering opportunities at all levels for students who may be financially or educationally disadvantaged.


Designated an R1 research institution, UWM educates more than 26,000 students and is an engine for innovation in southeastern Wisconsin. More than one-third of its students are the first in their families to attend college, and 30 percent are students of color. It is the largest educator of veterans in Wisconsin, with more than 1,000 enrolled each year under the federal G.I. bill. The Princeton Review named UWM a 2021 Best Midwestern university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews. UWM is committed to the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ campus constituents—in 2020, Campus Pride Index named UWM as one of the Best of the Best Top 40 LGBTQ-friendly postsecondary institutions in the United States.


The Position

Reporting to the vice chancellor for finance and administrative affairs, the chief of police administers the university police department and ensures that essential law enforcement, security, and emergency services are readily available and effectively and efficiently rendered to members of the university community and users of university facilities. This position advises university leadership regarding university-wide strategies to be implemented to prevent crime and enhance the safety, security, and well-being of the university community. The chief directs the overall departmental operations with an operating budget of $3 million and the supervision of all departmental employees, including approximately 36 sworn police officers. Additionally, the chief establishes policies and procedures concerning safety and security within the context of community policing in a university environment, and the university’s priority of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ensuring that UWM Police Department administrative policies and procedures are up-to-date and incorporate best police practices, and that officers are well-trained on policies, procedures, and policing best practices are important priorities. The chief will proactively interact with members of the university and neighborhood community informally to build relationships, and on matters of mutual concern including but not limited to: safety, security and crime prevention; matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion; social justice and first amendment issues; sexual assault and other sensitive crimes; and emergency preparedness as well as risk/threat mitigation.



The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is seeking a collaborative, energetic, and strategic chief of police who has a bachelor’s degree (master’s or terminal degree preferred); a minimum of ten years of law enforcement experience including four years of recent experience at the command level (Lieutenant or equivalent, or higher rank). The successful candidate will possess: evidence of effective leadership and management skills within a law enforcement environment including supervision, coordination, motivation, delegation, and involvement of others in decision making; effective budget management skills; demonstrated commitment to and track record of success related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; in-depth understanding of first amendment and social justice issues; experience with prevention and response to sexual violence and sensitive crimes; and familiarity with community policing, coupled with a track record of effectively infusing these critical 21st century policing values into the culture and training of their staff/department. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and authentically with a range of different stakeholders in a complex organization or environment, including mature listening, verbal, and written communication skills; ability to effectively communicate with external media organizations; and demonstrated ability to proactively establish positive working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and other diverse and dynamic constituencies are also required. Preferred qualifications include experience on a college or university campus.


Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin Wednesday, August 11, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter specifically outlining the required and preferred qualifications may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at lpb@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.


Visit the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee website at https://uwm.edu/.


UWM is a state agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWM will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of final candidates and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.


UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

To apply for this job please visit www.spelmanjohnson.com.