Update: Wondering how DPS managed to increase spending from $2.8 million in 2010 to $4.0 million in 2012? Financial Transparency reports here.
A few days ago the RG had a story on the $2.8 million budget for security at the Olympic trials, $500,000 of which came from an emergency state appropriation. Then our DPS Director resigns the day before it starts, effective immediately?
I do not believe this email from Jamie Moffitt. If there are legitimate reasons for keeping things secret, then at least tell us you can’t tell us the whole truth. The UO administration has zero credibility on DPS now.
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2012 10:20 AM
To: Deans-Dirs List (email@example.com)
Subject: deans-dirs: Campus Communication
Message on Behalf of Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Doug Tripp, executive director of the UO Department of Public Safety and chief of police, has informed me of his plans to return to the Midwest in order to move closer to his extended family. Given the importance of the University’s police department transition plans, Chief Tripp has stepped down from his leadership role so that the University of Oregon can select a permanent replacement who will see this transition through to completion. I have asked Carolyn McDermed to serve as interim executive director and interim chief, effective immediately, while a national search is conducted for a permanent police chief.
Until Chief Tripp secures a new position in the Midwest region, I have asked him to serve in an advisory capacity, assisting me with specific issues related to police department transition planning.
I want to thank Chief Tripp for his years of service to the UO. He has been instrumental in helping define and lead the transition from a campus public safety department to a sworn police force. We wish him well in his future endeavors and appreciate his current effort to ensure a seamless leadership transition for the department.
In addition to running the department’s day-to-day operations, Interim Chief McDermed will be tasked with continuing the University’s police transition until a permanent police chief is named.
The University of Oregon remains dedicated to implementing a community-oriented and trust-based policing model that addresses the unique safety and security needs of UO students, faculty, staff and visitors. The staff of the Department of Public Safety has shown a strong commitment to these ideals and I know that they will continue to deliver on that promise under Interim Chief McDermed’s able leadership.
Vice President for Finance and Administration & CFO University of Oregon
While just 8 days ago, this:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Kathy Warden
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 11:31 AM
Subject: deans-dirs: Campus Update on Police Department Transition
Sent on behalf of Jamie Moffitt –
To: UO Deans & Directors
From: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO
Subject: Campus Update on Police Department Transition
Last year both the legislature and the State Board of Higher Education approved the transition of our campus security department into a police department. The University officially established the UO police department on January 1, 2012 and several officers have now been commissioned and sworn as police. These police officers have the same authorities as others in the state and are required by Oregon law to clearly identify themselves as police. For this reason, you will soon notice University of Oregon police officers in new uniforms on campus. http://dailyemerald.com/2012/06/11/dps-police-officers-to-wear-new-uniforms/.
The UO police officers will have the same equipment currently carried by UODPS public safety officers. During the next academic year, the university will host a variety of campus discussions about the issue of arming campus police. These discussions will allow for broad participation by students, faculty and staff. After those discussions and no earlier than Spring 2013, university leadership will make a recommendation to the state board of higher education on whether to arm our police.
Please visit police.uoregon.edu to learn more about the UO police department transition. Also, if you have questions, we’d love for you to join us at an informal “Coffee with the Chief” that we will be hosting later this summer. This will be the first of many opportunities for campus community members to meet with our Police Chief to further discuss the policing transition.
Please share this with others in your department who may be interested.