Search for DPS director enters interview stage
The Department of Public Safety plans to hire a new director by the end of January, ending a search that began after the resignation of former Chief Brad King last fall, according to university officials.
The committee in charge of hiring the new director has selected five finalists from a group of 50 applicants, said Robert Adams, vice chancellor for finance and administration. The finalists will soon visit UALR to participate in official interviews, which will be open to faculty, staff and students.
“Because it’s such an important position to the campus, I want folks to have the option to see who we’re looking at,” Adams said.
Candidates will be interviewed in the Student Services Center auditorium from 1 to 2 p.m. on the date of his visit: John Blackmon, trooper first class with the Arkansas State Police, will visit the campus Jan. 17; Terence Calloway, director of public safety for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., will visit Jan. 22; Edward L. Smith, director of the Collegiate Officer Program at East Central University in Ida, Okla., will visit Jan. 24; Gary Dennis, director of Police and Public Safety at Northwest Arkansas University, will visit Jan. 28; Duane Carcum Sr., chief of university police at Xavier University in New Orleans, will visit Jan. 29.
Requirements for the position include a bachelor’s degree, five years of law enforcement experience and a knowledge of budget management, Adams said. He also said that he is looking for someone who has experience managing a university department.
University police work has special considerations that differentiate it from city and state police jobs, Adams said. “Hopefully we’ll find somebody good,” he said.