Three finalists for UOPD police chief, starting tomorrow July 12

Follow links for application materials. For more info see the UO Police Department website:

Tuesday, July 12 — James Miyashiro, Senior Director of Safety Operations, University of LaVerne (LaVerne, Calif.): Public forums include a student session from 11-11:50 a.m., a public presentation and Q & A from 2:30-3:30 p.m. open to all, followed by a session for faculty and staff from 3:40-4:25 p.m., all in Susan Campbell Hall Room 111.

April 28, 2016, University of Oregon Human Resources, RE: Chief of Police

Dear University of Oregon Representative: My interest in the position of Chief of Police for the University of Oregon is based on my continued desire to serve at institutions of higher education. The University of Oregon has always been one of my top choices of educational institutions, because of the universities quality academics, rich student life, attractive facilities and strong name recognition. I currently have over thirty years of law enforcement experience dealing with service oriented municipal, university, college and school district police agencies.

Developing and implementing ideas and strategies to deal with current law enforcement, security, and organizational issues, is an area in which I have a proven track record. I am a committed and innovative leader who shows initiative and integrity in all aspects of work performed. I believe strongly in collaborative problem solving, accountability and in developing others for future leadership roles. During my career, I have acquired the necessary skills to meet the challenges of shrinking budgets, personnel management, recruitment, retention, and the importance of staff and team development. …

Friday, July 15 — Matthew Carmichael, Chief of Police, University of California, Davis: Public forums include a student session from 11-11:50 a.m., a public presentation and Q & A from 2:30-3:30 p.m. open to all, followed by a session for faculty and staff from 3:40-4:25 p.m., all in the Knight Library Browsing Room.

May 9, 2016, University of Oregon, Daphne Joubran, Executive Assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO

Dear Ms. Jouban, It is with great excitement that I submit my application to you for the position of Police Chief at the University of Oregon. I learned of this vacancy through an online job search engine, Indeed.com. I am interested in this position for several reasons. First, the University of Oregon is an amazing institution and a community I would like to be a part of. Second, the Eugene area is a place my family and I would like to call home. If considered for this position I would look to live as close as possible to campus. My family has enjoyed spending time on my current campus and knowing the University of Oregon I am confident we will find ourselves more often than not on campus. Lastly, the University of Oregon Police Department is a relatively new organization and I am excited about the opportunity to help ensure the police department is as cutting edge as the community it serves.

I am currently serving as the police chief at the University of California, Davis. I assumed leadership of our organization in 2011, a time when community/police relations was at an all-time low. In partnership with our community and those individuals that comprise the UC Davis Police Department family, I can now state with great confidence we have become a “Model Law Enforcement Agency”. The challenges we faced over the last five years have truly prepared me for taking on the role of police chief at a new organization such as the University of Oregon Police Department. …

Monday, July 25 — “Candidate C“: Public forums include a student session from 11-11:50 a.m., a public presentation and Q & A from 2:30-3:30 p.m. open to all, followed by a session for faculty and staff from 3:40-4:25 p.m., all in the Knight Library Browsing Room. Candidate name and materials to be published here July 21.

One of the many job number ones for the new UOPD Chief will be rewriting the UOPD’s remarkably unconstitutional ethics policy:

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Pretty in China party scene, and UO spending money on cops not counseling

Great story by Hannah Golden in the Emerald about the gloriously over-the-top parties that our entrepreneurial Chinese undergrads are organizing.

And also an excellent report by Bayley Sandy, headlined “Student leaders do their best to compensate for the UO Counseling Center’s insufficient funding”. Maybe VPFA Jamie Moffitt should raffle off one of the new armed 4×4 police trucks she bought the UOPD, to help raise some money for the student counseling center?

Armed campus cop shoots, kills valedictorian

“A Texas university student has been shot dead by a campus police officer during a routine traffic stop. Robert Cameron Redus, 23, was killed when Corporal Chris Carter, 35, opened fire on him in the early hours of Friday morning a few blocks away from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio where Redus studied, set to graduate in May.” Thanks to a reader for the link.

I wonder if UO’s police stayed away from the snowball battle because they were wise enough to understand the potential for escalation, now that President Gottfredson has given them guns?

Speaking of which, UO’s overall police expenditures have more than doubled in 5 years. A bit higher than the $66K estimate VP for Finance Frances Dyke gave when testifying to the Oregon legislature:

Fiscal Year: 14

Orgn Code Title Adjusted Budget
460019 PD Admin -1,253,655.00
460029 PD Security -670,063.00
460069 PD Law Enforcement -3,306,026.00

Fiscal Year: 09

Orgn Code Title Adjusted Budget
460019 PD Admin -588,388.00
460029 PD Security -2,468,739.00

SWAT team update. UO PD to get guns.

7/20/2013 update: Are UO’s new armed police more likely to save lives or cost lives – by accident, “suicide by cop” or over-response? One of DPS’s previous directors was hired by former UO VPFA Frances Dyke, after a bungled attempt to stop underaged drinking at football games at his previous job led to the accidental shooting death of one of his armed undercover campus police. Today’s WSJ has a story on the militarization of civilian police, complete with many amazing stories:

In 2006, 38-year-old optometrist Sal Culosi was shot and killed by a Fairfax County, Va., SWAT officer. The investigation began when an undercover detective overheard Mr. Culosi wagering on college football games with some buddies at a bar. The department sent a SWAT team after Mr. Culosi, who had no prior criminal record or any history of violence.

And:

In 2011, the Department of Education’s SWAT team bungled a raid on a woman who was initially reported to be under investigation for not paying her student loans, though the agency later said she was suspected of defrauding the federal student loan program.

The details of the case aside, the story generated headlines because of the revelation that the Department of Education had such a unit. None of these federal departments has responded to my requests for information about why they consider such high-powered military-style teams necessary.

Yes, the DOE has a swat team that goes after student loan scammers. How long before UO gets one too? No idea. But I’m guessing that the first step will involve our VPFA telling the faculty that the cost will be “relatively minimal”.

6/7/2013 update: Diane Dietz has the story in the RG. Two years ago the UO administration told us and the Oregon legislature that campus police would have a relatively minimal impact on costs. The ODE reported:

Among the first to testify was Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene), who shepherded the bill through the Senate, where it was approved last month. Prozanski was joined in the by Department of Public Safety Chief Doug Tripp and Frances Dyke, University vice president of finance and administration, who acknowledged Prozanski’s leadership on the issue. 

Dyke said the costs of implementation would be “relatively minimal” — about $66,000 — and stressed that more than 80 percent of citations issued by DPS for misdemeanor crimes are issued to people who are not students.

$66K? They were lying. At Thursday’s bargaining session we learned that one of the reasons for the admin’s lowball offer is that the police thing has developed some “unexpected costs”, as Ms Rudnick put it. I’ll say.

2/12/2013: The first forum on arming the UO PD was last night. Ian Campbell reports in the ODE, Nick Ekblad in the Commentator, and Diane Dietz in the RG. Guns were a done deal as soon as Lariviere bought into Frances Dyke’s PD plan, as you can see from the arguments that Moffitt and Deshpande are now providing. But JH is going through the pretense of collecting public input anyway, so they can do the CYA if this goes south with a bang. I’m no criminologist, but I haven’t seen any stats on how common the potential outcomes are – although everybody’s got their favorite anecdote. So fill out the poll on the right to give your guess on what will happen next.

And check the RG story – Moffitt finally admits that the new athletic department buildings are behind the UOPD expansion costs. I wonder if she built that into the AD’s overhead charges? And while our Executive Leadership Team has been spending its time and our money on Glocks, Oregon State has leapfrogged UO on yet another research front:

OSU has already flown its first drone flight last fall, over forests outside Corvallis. The university says in a press release that drones will be useful for forest fire spotting and monitoring environmental changes. But it also adds “applications in law enforcement are possible, …”

OUS board give UO cops guns, raises UO student’s tuition to pay for them.

6/22/2013: Two stories from Eder Campuzano in the ODE: GunsTuition. How much will the conversion to an armed UOPD cost overall? Frances Dyke told the legislature it would be something like $66K. At one point she told the students and faculty it would save $76K.

Jamie Moffitt won’t explain what happened – she walked out of the meeting where I tried to get an answer – but my quesstimate is closer to $1-$2 million a year in new costs, recurring. The lesson? Never believe the numbers that come out of the VPFA’s office.

In utterly unrelated news, VP for enrollment Roger Thompson has an op-ed in the RG on UO’s efforts to keep college affordable.

Carolyn McDermed gets UOPD job

6/21/2013. Eder Campuzano has the story in the ODE. Last I looked UO paid the public safety chief more than the City of Eugene paid their police chief. They’re going to get guns too, big surprise. Still no accounting for the explosion in their budget, two years after we were told that converting to a sworn, armed UO police force might actually save UO money. Right.

UO Commentators fire off 61 bullet points in the NYT

Most NYT stories about Republicans read like the editor sent the reporters off on a dangerous expedition as punishment for some newsroom etiquette faux-pas. But Robert Draper seems to have had fun with his interview with two UO Commentator alumni, Bret Jacobson and Ian Spencer (Econ  2006), who now run a media consulting firm that tells the party how irrelevant it has become. And current Commentator Nick Ekblad continues the Commentator tradition of “beery indifference to the law of defamation” as Dave Frohnmayer called it. 2/14/2013.

Search update: UO Police to get guns after sham public hearings

Updated: Here’s the list of people on the search committee for the new UO Police Chief:

Andre LeDuc, Chair
Donna Laue
Greg Rikhoff
Margaret Paris
Mike Eyster
Nick McCain 
Pete Kerns
more on this search here.

That’s my take from this appropriately skeptical Colton Totland story in the ODE. 2/4/2013. Jamie Moffitt’s Police Interceptor Crown Vic fleet is already fitted out with mounts for this bad boy:

Can’t we all just get along, perhaps with a compromise along these lines?