In an effort to find the best candidate for the key position of campus police chief, the University of New Mexico is reposting the job position and reopening the search.

On Friday, Feb. 14, UNM canceled the existing posting for Director of University Security/Chief of Police (posting number 0823493). The job description is being refined and will repost the week of Feb. 17. Candidates who applied under the original posting are encouraged to re-submit their application materials for the new posting.

“We are redefining the position and enhancing the qualifications to ensure that we identify the right skills and qualities needed for this job,” said Physical Plant Department Director Mary Vosevich, who is heading the search committee. “The Police Chief plays a critical role in the safety and wellbeing of this campus and our students, so we want to have an extensive pool of candidates to review and to make this important selection.”

UNM’s current Chief of Police Kathy Guimond announced recently that she is retiring effective June 2014 after 18 years of service. The University is doing a national search to find a replacement, preferably by the time Guimond leaves. Advertisements and announcements about the opening are being placed in several targeted areas such higher education and police association publications and resources.

“We want to cast as wide a net as possible to attract as many candidates as possible to have the best chance of success in this critical search,” David Harris, executive vice president for administration, said, “It will be difficult to replace Kathy, with her extensive background in law enforcement and campus security, so we are giving ourselves plenty of time to find the right candidate and make a smooth transition.”

The UNM Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency with the authority to make arrests on view and under warrant. All officers in the department are sworn and state certified. The chief of police oversees and manages the operations of campus police and is responsible for the administration and strategic planning of the department, which provides police services, crime prevention, traffic control and emergency management for students, faculty and staff.

An extensive search committee will coordinate selection of the next chief.

Members include:
Mary Vosevich, director, Physical Plant Department (Chair)
Sandra DuBrock, manager, Human Resources Client Services
Michael Brown, consulting manager, Human Resources
Mary Clark, manager, Sustainability & Staff Council Representative
Bruce Perlman, professor & associate director, School of Public Administration & Faculty Senate representative
Robert Fondino, chief office, Budget & Facilities, Health Sciences Center
Felix Funes, manager, Security Operations, UNM Hospital
Kevin Stevenson, director, Strategic Projects, President’s office
Jay Zook, representative, Parent’s Association
Robert Bailey, associate dean, Clinical Affairs, UNM Hospital
Paul Gonzales, police officer, UNM Police Department
Karen Abraham, associate vice president, Alumni Relations
Chris Vallejos, associate vice president, Business Planning & Services/ISS Administration
Walter Miller, associate vice president, Student Life
Janice Ruggiero, senior associate athletic director, Athletics
Jeff Gassaway, Information Security officer, Information Technologies
Bryon Piatt, University emergency manager, Emergency Management
Tomas A. Aguirre, dean of students
Angela Catena, GPSA
Ayham Maadi, ASUNM

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at UNM Jobs for this posting.