UNC Names Law Enforcement Veteran as Chief of Police

The University of Northern Colorado has named a law enforcement veteran as the university's chief of police following a national search.

Mikel Longman will lead UNC's police department, a full-service agency with full police powers responsible for law enforcement, criminal investigation, public safety, security, traffic control and emergency response on campus. The department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year with 15 full-time officers certified by the state and six staff.

Longman has served the past 34 years at the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He's currently chief of the Agency Support Division, a major administrative arm with more than 300 state personnel employed in areas including human resources, facilities management and police officer training. A sworn Arizona police officer since 1976, the former highway patrol officer previously served as the chief of the department's Criminal Investigation Division, providing leadership to the state's Homeland Security, special operations, major crimes and special investigations units.

"Mikel's impressive resume speaks for itself," said Randal Haack, senior vice president for Finance and Administration, whom Longman reports to. "His skills and credentials, with an extensive background in public safety and leadership, are an ideal fit for leading UNC's police department."

Longman earned a bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration from Grand Canyon University. He's a graduate of the FBI's National Academy and Arizona State University's Leadership and Management Institute. He is active in numerous organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Special Olympics for more than 20 years.

"I am truly honored to have been selected and look forward to working with the fine men and women of the UNC Police Department," said Longman. "My wife, Linda, and I are excited about this opportunity and living in Greeley."

Longman begins at UNC on Jan. 18. He replaces Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt, who departed to become the police chief at Colorado State University. Haack thanked UNC Police Lieutenant Dennis Pumphrey, who has served as interim police chief since her departure in August. Pumphrey will return to his role as lieutenant and director of Parking Services.

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