Last Thursday, Interim Police Chief Matthew Carmichael was sworn in as the UC Davis police chief.
Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi administered the oath.
“Matt’s service over the past months has been extraordinary during some very demanding and difficult circumstances,” Katehi said.
At the swearing-in ceremony, Katehi also announced that the oversight of the UC Davis Police would be moved to the office of the provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter from the vice chancellor of Administrative and Resource Management, beginning May 1. This is part of the top-to-bottom police force review previously announced by Chancellor Katehi.
The police chief appointment is for one year, and at the end of that year the University will release a national recruitment call for a permanent position.
Carmichael’s family was present at the ceremony, and his mother and wife presented him with his Chief of Police badge.
“My top priority in the next few months is going to be rebuilding the relationship between the police and the campus community,” Carmichael said. “We’re going to be out meeting people, hearing about your needs, your concerns. You’re going to see more officers out on foot, you’re going to see officers on bicycles.”
— HANNAH STRUMWASSER