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Announcement of new police chief and department reporting relationship

Yesterday, we brought you the news that UCDPD chief Spicuzza would step down today. A new UCDPD chief has been announced: Matthew Carmichael (link to UCDPD site). He was the interim police chief, once Spicuzza was put on paid administrative leave, pending the investigation.

To the UC Davis Community:

Throughout the past several months, I have said many times that as chancellor of UC Davis I take full responsibility and am accountable for implementing whatever reforms are necessary following the period of self-examination and outside review of the events on our campus last November

In keeping with that commitment, I am pleased to announce today the appointment of Matthew Carmichael as our new chief of police. As many of you know, Matt has served admirably as our acting chief since last November 21. He will replace Annette Spicuzza, who announced her resignation as chief yesterday.

Matt will be introduced to the campus community this afternoon at the ARC Ballroom A. His appointment will take effect immediately for a term of one year. Toward the end of that period, we will undertake an open national recruitment for the position. Matt fully supports this approach and I am hopeful he will apply for the permanent position. Matt’s service as acting chief during the past five months has been extraordinary, during some very demanding circumstances.

With tremendous energy and enthusiasm, he has reached out to students, faculty and staff and has built many strong, positive relationships. He is highly respected as a leader, adviser and innovator not only within our department and across our campus, but also throughout the law enforcement community. In his short time as acting chief, Matt has taken many steps to bring positive change and a sense of openness to the department and its operations. In the coming months, I am fully confident that he will help us make great strides toward implementing the needed departmental reforms that the Reynoso task force recommended in its April 11 report.

Matt has a distinguished record of nearly three decades in law enforcement, the last 10 with the UC Davis Police Department. Before being named acting chief last November, Matt was a patrol lieutenant responsible for the Davis campus, where he also handled public information officer responsibilities. He began his professional law enforcement career in June 1985 as a reserve officer for the Pinole Police Department. He joined our campus’s Police Department in 2002. He has an associate’s degree in Administration of Justice from Napa Valley College.

As we move forward with the top-to-bottom review of our Police Department that I announced last week, I will reassign – effective May 1, 2012, on an interim basis – oversight of the department from our Office of Administrative and Resource Management to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. The provost is our campus’s chief academic and operating officer, and this transfer will ensure that, going forward, the department will be closely aligned with our core academic mission and values.

As a first step toward a thorough review of our Police Department, we have called on the state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to conduct a comprehensive audit of all Police Department operations. The results of this independent audit will help ensure that our department is meeting and performing its basic responsibilities and will also guide future efforts to improve the department.

At the same time, we are also launching a holistic review of our administrative policies and structures regarding decision-making within the university’s senior administration, as I had previously announced. We will have more to announce about this review in the days ahead.

As a campus, we have much work to do in the weeks and months ahead. I am confident that these actions announced today will help position our campus and our Police Department for success in the future.

Sincerely,

Linda P.B. Katehi

Chancellor

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