Four Tarleton police chief candidates invited to visit campus

By Rachel Peoples—


Four candidates for the Tarleton police chief’s job are headed to campus for interviews with students, according to an email  from Executive Director of Student Engagement Darrell Brown.

The first interview is today at 4 p.m. with Matt Welch.

Vice President of Student Life Rusty Jergins said in an email interview that the search committee invited the four candidates to come to campus to give people “the opportunity to personally engage with them.”

“The university-wide forum will provide an opportunity for each of the candidates to share their experiences, as well as their vision for leading a University Police Department,” he said. “Individuals who participate in the forum will be able to converse with the candidates as time permits. Upon the conclusion of each of the candidates’ remarks, individuals will have an opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback from the candidate.”

Jergins said these four applicants are not the only ones being considered for the position and that the applicant pool will remain open until an applicant is offered the job and that applicant accepts.

“The four candidates that are being invited to campus are not the only remaining candidates in the pool,” he said. “The search committee identified seven individuals to conduct telephone interviews with. Prior to scheduling all of the telephone interviews, one of the identified seven withdrew their application leaving the committee to conduct six telephone interviews. After conducting the telephone interviews, the search committee identified four candidates they wished to bring to campus for the on-campus interview.”

The meetings will take place from 4-5 p.m. in the Lamar Johanson Science Building on the next four Mondays, beginning with Welch today.

Stephanie Sullivan, who graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington and earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinatti, will visit campus July 14.

Jerry Garner will visit July 21 and Scott Haynes, who is from Sanger, TX and graduated from Tarleton, has worked for several law enforcement departments around the state and is now a major on active reserve for the U.S. Army, will visit August 4.

No RSVP is required. Questions about the events can be directed to Jennifer Hicks at (254) 968-9081 or

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