The college has named assistant chief Carla Thompson to take over as interim chief when Chief Murray departs and plans a national search for a permanent chief 2013, Chief Murray said Friday.
Chief Murray came to Davidson as chief in August 2010, after 10 years at the University of Richmond. During her tenure she led a sort of on-campus “community policing” strategy she called Campus Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving. (Read more on the college website.)
She also worked closely with surrounding police departments. In July 2011, Chief Murray and Davidson town police chief Jeanne Miller led a joint drill to prepare for a major campus emergency, such as shootings at other campuses.
After two years in the job, Chief Murray said it’s hard to leave. “It was a really hard decision, actually. I really love Davidson and my family loves the town.” She told DavidsonNews.net she was not looking for a job, but became interested in Trinity after she was approached about it.
Chief Murray also has worked on violence against women and related issues during her time as a campus police officer, and she saw the Trinity job as a good fit. The campus is larger than Davidson’s, and the student population consists primarily of women of color. About 70 percent are from the Washington area, she said.
“My purpose aligns so closely with Trinity. I think it’s a good fit,” she said.
Assistant chief Carla Thompson has been with the Davidson campus police for about a year and a half. She is a retired Matthews Police Department captain with a master’s degree in criminal justice from Andrew Jackson University.
Chief Murray will be working with her over the next weeks to smooth the transition before leaving on Dec. 31.
Davidson College Dean of Students Tom Shandley will begin a nationwide search for a new chief in early 2013, she said.
Sept. 3, 2010, “Davidson hires a new campus police chief”
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