UNM’s long-serving chief of police, Kathy Guimond, has announced plans to retire in June 2014. Guimond is the first female chief at the University of New Mexico and has served as the chief for more than 18 years. 

“Serving at UNM has been an honor,” Guimond said. “Universities are very complex environments and present unique challenges for law enforcement. It has been a pleasure to work with my colleagues on this campus for nearly two decades.”

“Kathy has brought a blend of compassion, level-headed thinking and dedication to the position,” UNM President Robert Frank said. “She has engaged her colleagues and built strong professional and personal relationships across the university and the community. I would like to thank Kathy for her service and commitment to UNM. We will miss her greatly.”

Along with her duties as police chief, Guimond is one of the senior marshals at UNM. The marshals assist with planning official university functions such as commencement. Guimond also serves as the vice president for the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

A graduate of the 173rd Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va, Guimond came to UNM after retiring from the Northern Illinois University Police Department where she served as a lieutenant, sergeant and police officer for more than 21 years.  In Illinois, she was a catalyst for a change in Illinois’ domestic violence law, and was instrumental in developing the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) that is now utilized around the country, including at UNM.

She was also employed at Kishwaukee Community College in Illinois, where she taught courses in constitutional law, crime prevention and police-community relations. She holds a B.A. from Northern Illinois University with double majors in history and political science. She did graduate work is in political science (public law). 

David Harris, executive vice president for Administration said Guimond’s announcement six months prior to her departure will allow the University the opportunity to do a thorough search for a replacement.

“Kathy’s extensive experience, professionalism and dedication have served UNM very well. We will miss her tremendously,” Harris said. “It will be difficult to replace her, so we are giving ourselves plenty of time to find the right candidate and make a smooth transition.”

A national search for the next UNM chief of police will begin in early 2014.