DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Northern Illinois University has a new police chief.
The school announced Wednesday that it has hired University of Chicago deputy chief Tom Phillips. He replaces longtime former NIU police chief Donald Grady. NIU fired Grady in February after accusing him of mishandling evidence in an investigation into allegations that a campus police officer sexually assaulted a student in October 2011. Grady has denied the accusation.
The case involved an FBI search of the DeKalb school's police station.
Grady earned praise for his leadership during and following the deadly campus shootings at NIU in February 2008.
Phillips says he plans on working with NIU students, faculty and staff to make "constructive changes" at the NIU police department.