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The University of Tennessee at Martin
Director of Public Safety - Chief of Police

Position Title: Director of Public Safety - Chief of Police
Concentration: Law Enforcement
Level of Entry: Administrative

Hiring Agency

Agency: The University of Tennessee at Martin
Address: 554 University Street
City: Martin
State: TN    Zipcode: 38238
Contact: Sherry Whaley
Phone: 731-881-7800
Fax: 731-881-7967
Email Address:

Descriptive Tasks/Responsibilities for Position


The University of Tennessee at Martin seeks a Director of Public Safety. This is a senior-level management position reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. The Director of Public Safety is responsible for directing UT Martin's efforts to provide a safe, secure and orderly environment for members of the campus community and visitors to the campus. This responsibility is fulfilled through crime prevention activities and education, enforcement activities, and extensive interactions with students, faculty, staff, and community members.


This position directs the operations of the Department of Public Safety which includes: police response, criminal investigations, building and event security, crime prevention training and assessment, parking enforcement, and RAVE alert text system.

The Director builds relationships with local law enforcement and emergency agencies, reviews terrorism intelligence reports from the Tennessee Fusion Center and FBI, and oversees campus security systems. This position serves as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force working group for West Tennessee and the University Working group of West Tennessee FBI.

The Director has administrative tasks which include managing budgets and personnel, developing operational plans, and reviewing crime reports, maintenance complaint reports, and administrative documents. This position chairs the Parking Authority Committee, resolves parking complaints, and hears parking appeals. The Director is responsible for adherence to various compliance related functions such as Clery, TIBRS, and the Annual Security Report.

The Director meets with students, faculty, and staff, individually and in groups, regarding specific safety, security, and parking concerns. The Director also meets with civic groups as a university representative and should feel comfortable speaking in public. The Director monitors weather situations, informs campus leadership about potential dangers and assists with decisions to cancel events or close the university. The Director engages with a variety of professional groups and serves on several safety and security related committees.


Minimum Qualifications:

• Ten years of law enforcement experience
• Five years of command experience
• Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university
• Possession of Tennessee P.O.S.T. certification or be eligible for transition as described in Tennessee P.O.S.T. rule 1110-02-.03 6(b)
• Possession of or ability to obtain an appropriate, valid Tennessee driver’s’ license or obtain within thirty (30) days of hire
• Possession or ability to obtain a certification of training for Law Enforcement Management and Administration (LEMA) per Tennessee P.O.S.T. rule 1110-04-.09 (6) within 6 months of hire
• Ability to pass a pre-employment background check, drug screening, physical and psychological examination

Preferred Qualifications:
• 15 years of command experience
• Master's Degree from an accredited college or university
• Graduate of a Police Command School, e.g. FBI National Academy or Southeastern Police Command School
• National Incident Management System (NIMS) trained
• Experience managing all types of emergencies
• TN POST certified
• Campus law enforcement experience
• Experience using Microsoft Office suite programs
Minimum salary range: $92,158.00 - $100,000.00

Application materials must include: l) a letter of interest stating how the candidate's experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics expressed in the position profile; 2) a resume; and 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact, noting the professional relationship with each reference listed.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status. ln accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee at Martin affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university.
Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 544 University Street, #303, Martin, TN 38238, telephone 73 l-881-3505. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

To apply for this position:

Application Period

Application Period Begins: 03/07/2023

Application Period Ends: 04/07/2023

Number Positions to be Filled: 1

Yearly Salary: $92,158.00 to $100,000.00
(Some agencies may post only their standard hourly rate)

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