Here's What We're Looking For

Inspirational Leader. Enthusiastic Visionary. Inclusivity Ally. 


The Chief provides comprehensive leadership, strategic vision, and general oversight for patrol operations, investigations, community policing, crime prevention strategies, emergency response, community outreach, educational services, crime statistics, federal compliance reporting, and programs for the campus community.


Managing a comprehensive 24- hour/365 day-a-year department, the Chief leads a staff of 57, including supervisors, campus police officers, dispatchers, and administrative staff, overseeing all recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, retention, and performance evaluations.

Additionally, the Chief manages the departmental budget of more than $7 million; develops the department’s goals and objectives, policies and procedures, and procurement and property maintenance; enforces local, state, and federal laws, including the rules and regulations as prescribed by the Texas State University System Board of Regents and the Texas State University administration; maintains an awareness of IACLEA best practices and national trends related to safety/security and legal issues impacting higher education; works closely with local, county, and state public safety officials to enforce city ordinances and state laws; and tracks crime statistics to ensure compliance with college, state, and federal reporting responsibilities.

Emergency Management

The Chief also provides direction for emergency management planning, response, and coordination, working collaboratively with campus leaders to direct campus response to emergencies and crisis situations while providing safety and security services to the campus community.

Community Engagement

The Chief fosters and maintains collaborative and proactive relationships with students, student organizations, faculty, staff, and campus departments, as well as external agencies such as law enforcement and emergency management agencies, in an effort to address safety and security priorities, educational outreach, and community policing programs.

Commitment to Higher Education

The successful candidate will demonstrate a vision for building a cutting-edge law enforcement agency with an emphasis on best practices in a higher education setting; possess excellent communication skills and experience in media relations; and exhibit a previous record of success at a command level in a residential, university campus, or similar environment. Experience with emergency preparedness, crisis management response, and communication systems are also required. It is highly desired that candidates are a team player with collaboration and data-driven decision-making skills, as well as a customer service and is a skilled relationship builder who can demonstrate patience, attentiveness, and knowledge.

Communication Expertise  

The successful candidate will demonstrate initiative, accountability, ownership, and self-discipline, with confidence to handle problems independently; leadership that demonstrates enthusiasm toward supporting university goals, mission, and values; the ability to express ideas and information in a clear and concise manner; and the ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with diverse faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Law Enforcement Experience

Preferred qualifications are a college degree with at least ten years of demonstrated leadership in law enforcement, including increasing level and scope of responsibilities, command supervisory experience, higher education experience, comfort with community engagement, budget management, and operational/ programmatic responsibilities for safety.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion 

Texas State University is committed to creating equitable and inclusive work environments to support the success of the full-range of its employees, and, in doing so, believes that employees who feel valued and respected will create policies, programs, practices, and services to effectively meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our increasingly diverse student populations.