NIU Announces National Search for University Chief of Police

DEKALB (WIFR) – Northern Illinois University announced today that a national search will soon be underway to find a police chief for its DeKalb campus.

The search is expected to last about 90 days and will include stakeholders from the campus and the DeKalb County area. A search committee will be formed to direct the search process; due to the specialized nature of university policing, the university is considering retaining a consulting firm experienced in police chief searches.

Candidate interviews are expected to begin in late July.

“The search process will be inclusive and will feature broad representation from the university community. The process will also include participation from representatives of local law enforcement,” explained Bill Nicklas, vice president for Public Safety and Community Relations. “The interview process will include meetings with stakeholder groups involving students, faculty and staff and law enforcement, among others.”

These stakeholder groups are also expected to include NIU Police Department supervisors and sworn officers, University Council leaders, and representatives from the President's Commissions on the Status of Minorities and Women.

The goal of the search is the appointment of a university chief of police as early as possible in the fall semester.

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