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Public Safety Update

May 26, 2015

After an extensive and thorough search process, I'm pleased to announce that Matthew Clark has accepted the position as University of Minnesota Chief of Police. Matt has more than two decades of law enforcement experience with the Minneapolis Police Department and brings comprehensive leadership experience, management skills, and a unique perspective of the University of Minnesota.

As Chief of Police, Matt will be responsible for continuing to provide the high quality, comprehensive public safety services the University of Minnesota community has come to expect. He will lead the University of Minnesota Police Department on the Twin Cities campus and the system-wide Public Safety Emergency Communications Center.

Matt currently serves as Assistant Chief of Police in Minneapolis, a post he has held since 2012. As Assistant Chief, Matt leads operations of the MPD and has responsibility for a department staff of nearly 1,000. He has oversight of both sworn and non-sworn staff, coordinates activities with other City Hall departments, and has command responsibilities for large events including a role as incident commander for the 2014 Major League Baseball All Star Game. I believe his background in community-based policing and stakeholder relations will be key to his success in this high-profile, critically important position.

Matt has served on the Minneapolis Police Department since 1993. His career has progressed through the years to include time as an Investigator, Academy Supervisor, Emergency Services Unit Commander, and in leadership positions in two Minneapolis police precincts.

Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration/Human Services from Concordia University in St. Paul. He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Institute, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and the FBI National Academy. Matt will begin in his role on July 6.

Thank you once again to the Search Committee, led by committee co-chairs Danita Brown Young, Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and Laurie McLaughlin, Director of Housing and Residential Life, for their outstanding work on this process.

Please join me in welcoming and congratulating Matt.


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