After seven months of searching, Missouri Western welcomes Yvonne Meyer as the new Chief of Police.
Meyer, Chief of Public Safety at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, will begin her duties as head of the MWSU police staff on Feb. 17.
Meyer will succeed former Chief of Police Jonathan Kelley, who retired in late June of 2014 after 24 years of service on the police force.
Vice President of Financial Planning Dr. Cale Flesser believes Meyer will be a good fit for the job.
“Chief Meyer has the right combination of skills and experience to successfully lead the MWSU Police Department,” Fessler said. “She has more than 20 years of emergency management experience, including 12 years in higher education law enforcement with increasing levels of responsibility. I’m pleased to welcome her to Missouri Western.”
Meyer received her bachelor’s in public safety management as well as a master’s in public administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.
Risk Manager Timothy Kissock, who is currently filling in as interim police chief, is confident that Meyer will bring a fresh perspective to the police force.
“She had the appropriate experience and background for the position. We liked her philosophy and attitude about campus policing. University policing is a subspecialty in law enforcement – you are dealing with a different environment than you would in a city overall,” Kissock said. “We felt she had the overall idea of the roles campus police should take. She has a background in emergency management, which I personally see an emerging need that the campus police need to be more involved in.”
In addition to her many years on the police force, Meyer has trained with SWAT teams during her time at Cape Cod Community College in order to better prepare in dealing with violent emergencies, and is also a licensed EMT.
Meyer will be the first female officer at Western in several years.
“I think it will add a unique perspective to have a woman on the police force. We haven’t had one in a while, certainly [unique] in a supervisory position,” Kissock said.
Kissock also mentioned that he had hoped the changes within the police department would make officers appear more approachable and allow for better communication with the students.