Update: UOPD public information officer Kelly McIver sent out resume information on July 11. Article has been updated to reflect this information.
Three finalists for UOPD Chief are scheduled to visit campus to meet with the 13-member search committee and other key members of the University of Oregon this July, the UOPD website announces.
After the unexpected departure of the former UOPD Chief Carolyn McDermed in February, UOPD has formed a search committee, including faculty, undergrad and grad students, UOPD staff members, UO administrators and Eugene Police Department Chief Pete Kerns, to determine the next Chief for UOPD.
UOPD is a $4.65 million entity that was established in 2012. Its purpose is to provide law enforcement service to the entire campus with over 30,000 occupants learning, teaching, researching and attending events. Since then, UOPD has been making the news regularly.
In 2013, the Oregon State Board of Higher Education granted the UOPD’s request for an armed police force.
Its effort to hire an Assistant Chief fell through when the only candidate withdrew her application early January, 2016.
When former Chief McDermed unexpectedly departed the unit without any warnings in February, UOPD captain Pete Deshpande was named interim police chief.
In May 2016, UOPD settled a $1 million lawsuit brought against it by former police officer James Cleavenger for wrongful termination and retaliation.
UOPD will post each candidate’s identity, resume and detailed public schedule three days prior to each visit on its website. Here’s the specific schedule for each candidate:
Tuesday, July 12 — James Miyashiro:
Miyashiro has served as the senior director of safety operations at the University of LaVerne for the last year.
Prior to his tenure in LaVerne, Miyashiro served as the Chief of Police for the Riverside Community College District Police department for eight years.
He began his career in law enforcement at California State Long Beach as an officer in 1986.
Public forums include a student session from 11-11:50 a.m., a public presentation and question and answer from 2:30-3:30 p.m., and a session for faculty and staff from 3:40-4:25 p.m., all in Room 111 Susan Campbell Hall.
Friday, July 15 — Matthew Carmichael:
Carmichael was promoted to Chief of Police of the University of California, Davis Police Department in November 2011 after serving as a Lieutenant from 2002-2011.
He began his career as a property and evidence intern for the Vallejo Police Department in 1984.
Public forums include a student session from 11-11:50 a.m., a public presentation and question and answer from 2:30-3:30 p.m., and a session for faculty and staff from 3:40-4:25 p.m., all in the Knight Library Browsing Room.
Monday, July 25 — Candidate C: Public forums include a student session, a public presentation and question and answer from 2:30-3:30 p.m., and a session for faculty and staff, all in the Knight Library Browsing Room.