University Police Chief (Fort Hays University)


Position Description: The University Police Chief directs the daily operations of the campus police and security personnel for the protection of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and property of the University. Manages police and patrol units, develops security protocol, implements training programs, and oversees campus vehicle traffic and parking. This position works with University faculty and staff, students, and external constituencies to develop security protocols and maintain campus safety. Directs, plans, and implements procedures to enforce laws and University regulations. Works with diverse groups of people and makes an effort to involve community members in positive ways that promote the department's goals.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice or a related field. Relevant law enforcement experience can be substituted for the degree;
• At least five years of experience in law enforcement with some supervisory experience required;
• Graduation from a POST Academy program or equivalent;
• Firearm certifications;
• IMT & ICS Certifications up to level 400;
• Certifications in emergency management from FEMA, NEMA, KDEM, or related agencies;
• 40 hours of in-service training per year;

• Current certified Police Officer 21 years of age, a U.S. Citizen; have been fingerprinted and a search of local, state and national fingerprint files made to determine whether the applicant has a criminal record;

• Not have been convicted of a crime that would constitute a felony under the laws of this state, a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or a misdemeanor offense that the commission determines reflects on the honesty, trustworthiness, integrity or competence of the applicant as defined by rules and regulations of the Kansas commission on peace officers' standards and training;

• Have graduated from a high school accredited by the Kansas state board of education or the appropriate accrediting agency of another state jurisdiction or have obtained the equivalent of a high school education as defined by rules and regulations of the commission;

• Be of good moral character sufficient to warrant the public trust in the applicant as a police officer or law enforcement officer;

• Have completed an assessment, including psychological testing approved by the commission, to determine that the applicant does not have a mental or personality disorder that would adversely affect the ability to perform the essential functions of a police officer or law enforcement officer with reasonable skill, safety and judgment be free of any physical or mental condition which adversely affects the ability to perform the essential functions of a police officer or law enforcement officer with reasonable skill, safety and judgment and obtain initial and continual certification as set forth and defined by the Kansas commission on peace officers' standards and training.

At time of appointment, candidate must have passed a standardized written test, polygraph examination, background investigation, physical, psychological and a drug screening testing.

Preferred Qualifications: Master's Degree

Rank: University Police Chief

Appointment Date: June, 2022

Priority Application Deadline: May 20, 2022

Benefits: Competitive benefit package 

• Direct and coordinate the operations of the University Police and Security Department. Respond to emerging public safety issues while taking into consideration institutional concerns.
• Manage parking at the University; develop policy and regulatory proposals for parking, serve on the parking committee, and ensure proper parking enforcement pursuant to Kansas statutes and University rules and regulations.
• Review University rules and regulations and implement procedures to enforce them throughout the campus community.
• Develop plans and protocol to maintain campus security, ensuring the allocation of necessary resources and sufficient training of personnel.
• Manage employee schedules and coordinate space and facilities for police activities.
• Oversee compliance for training and supervision of University Police Department officers and staff.
• Develop policy proposals for the Emergency Management Plan for mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
• Develop working budgets, manage spending, reconcile deposits, and make decisions regarding allocation of resources. Exercise budget authority over University Police, Traffic and Security Overtime, University Police Sales and Service, Parking Fees, Parking Meters, and the Public Safety Fee. Compile financial reports as necessary, including financial compensation reports and budget reports.
• Maintain statistical data of crimes, motor vehicle accidents, and other relevant information for required compliance reporting. Collaborate with Student Affairs in the computation of the annual security report. Respond directly to the Department of Justice, Department of Education, and the Department of Justice concerning data required at the federal level.
• Act as liaison between the University Police Department, the University, and city, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and fire departments.
• Serve on various professional committees, such as the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police, and attend City and University bi-annual cooperative meetings.
• Serve as the Co-Emergency Manager for the University and oversee the emergency operations center, emergency response and recovery, and evacuations. Develop evacuation exercises, drills, table top exercises, and full-scale exercises. Serve on the Incident Management Team, the Behavioral Intervention Team, and the County Local Emergency Planning Committee.
• Provide co-oversight of the Lock Shop and manage the issuance and recovery of keys.
• Maintain a positive working relationship with department staff and other law enforcement agencies.
• Develop effective training programs and evaluate success based on officer performance and the accomplishment of University goals.
• Make recommendations regarding professional discipline, advancement, and professional development.
• Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.

Application Process: To apply for this position, please visit Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

Required Application Documents: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three professional references. Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Wesley Wintch,, 785-628-4463 or 785-628-4250

About Fort Hays State University:
Fort Hays State University was founded in 1902 as the Western Branch of Kansas State Normal School-a teacher's college. Our hometown, Hays, Kansas, is located on the high plains of north-central Kansas. The original home of the institution was on the grounds of Fort Hays, a Nineteenth-Century frontier military outpost. The state of Kansas initially intended the university's academic programs to focus on agriculture, but it opened in as a "normal" or teacher's college. Our mission is to develop the engaged global citizen-leaders our world needs.

FHSU today is a regional comprehensive public university where determined, innovative, and caring faculty and staff share a deep commitment to teaching and mentoring students. Total enrollment at FHSU exceeds 14,000 students who pursue their educational goals on-campus, online, and at our two international partnership campuses in China.

Employers tell us the combination of challenging academic programs, close faculty/student relationships, and the abundance of experiential learning opportunities our students enjoy while at FHSU set our students apart in competitive job markets worldwide. More than 95% of FHSU students secure jobs or higher education opportunities after they graduate. And FHSU consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the American Midwest.

A pioneer in distance education, we began delivering correspondence courses to teachers in rural Kansas early in the 20th Century. Today, FHSU Online delivers more than 200 flexible, affordable, and high-quality online programs. Over the years, FHSU Online received many accolades, including U.S. News & World Report Online Programs rankings,, Best Buys in Education, among others.
The university has rich sports and cultural programming, all of which enjoy tremendous community support. The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center is home to the Encore Series, which hosts many traveling Broadway shows, the Hays Symphony, university, and other national and world-caliber performances.

The university supports one of the most extensive and successful intercollegiate sports programs of any comparably sized college or university in America, boasting numerous All-American athletes and eight national championships. Nearly 400 athletes compete annually in eight men's and eight women's sports. FHSU is a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, which comprises 14 schools from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Community of Hays
FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant college town of approximately 20,000, located halfway between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70. Hays is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas. The community boasts excellent recreational programs and facilities, including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, and extensive walking, running, and biking trails. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes that offer great opportunities for boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily. The Hays community is home to excellent Pre-K and K-12, public and private schools. With over 60 restaurants, major retail outlets, a low unemployment rate, and very short commute times, the city provides a safe, welcoming, low-cost, high-quality living environment for the residents who call "Hays, America" home.

Notice of Non-discrimination - Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

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