NIU starts national search for its new chief of police
From Staff Reports May 7, 2013 12:06PM
Updated: June 9, 2013 6:23AM
DeKALB — Northern Illinois University Tuesday announced that it soon will begin a national search to find a police chief for its DeKalb campus.
The new chief would replace Donald Grady, who was fired in February. Grady was put on paid leave the previous November as the school reviewed the police department’s handling of a case in which an NIU police officer under Grady’s command was charged with sexually assaulting a freshman at the school.
The case was dismissed late last year when a DeKalb County judge ruled an officer withheld evidence that could have cleared the officer.
The search for a new chief is expected to last about 90 days and will include stakeholders from the campus and the DeKalb County area, according to a university release.
A search committee will be formed to direct the search process. Due to the specialized nature of university policing, NIU is considering retaining a consulting firm experienced in police chief searches. Candidate interviews are expected to begin in late July, the release said.
“The search process will be inclusive and will feature broad representation from the university community,” Bill Nicklas, vice president for Public Safety and Community Relations, said in the release.
The stakeholder groups also are expected to include NIU Police Department supervisors and sworn officers, University Council leaders, and representatives from the President’s Commissions on the Status of Minorities and Women, according to the release.
The university hopes to appoint a new chief of police as early as possible in the fall semester, it said.