Chief of Police – University of New Mexico

Client: University of New Mexico
(Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Position: Chief of Police
Closing Date: Appointment Made

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The University of New Mexico (UNM) is seeking an experienced Chief of Police. Founded in 1889 as New Mexico’s flagship institution, The University of New Mexico (UNM) is situated near old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque. UNM is a highly competitive research university that serves a student community that is diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, indigeneity, socioeconomic origins, languages, gender, and sexuality, among other axes of difference. The UNM Police Department provides its services through 62 employees, including 40 sworn officers and 22 professional staff. The Department’s annual budget is approximately $5 million. Reporting directly to the Chief of Police are a Deputy Chief and an administrative assistant. The Police Department has an Operations Division and Administrative Division, each led by a commander, as well as a Security Operations Division, led by a civilian director.

The following are minimum qualifications required for the Chief of Police: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least 7 years of experience in law enforcement, with a preference of 3-5 years of law enforcement experience in a university setting, and 5 years functioning in a command position (lieutenant or above). Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

The University of New Mexico will offer a competitive salary, commensurate with career experience and qualifications, including an excellent benefits package.

This position is considered open until filled. To be considered, candidates must submit a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume via email to Interested candidates should apply early in the process for optimum consideration. Confidential inquiries welcomed to Chief Greg Nelson (ret.) or Chief Bryan Noblett (ret.) at 916-630-4900.