UNM Police Department names new chief

Updated: 05/21/2014 3:45 PM | Created: 05/21/2014 9:06 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

The University of New Mexico Police Department announced their new police chief on Wednesday.

James Miyashiro was appointed to lead the department after a nationwide search.

Miyashiro has 29 years of experience, most recently as the chief of police at Riverside Community College District Police Department in Riverside, California, where he supervised police department and parking employees.

The department says he also has experience developing training programs, policies and procedures, and in analyzing security and safety issues.

"I am excited to come to a great university," Miyashiro said. "I like the rich history and diversity of the area. It looks like an outstanding place to be."

“Campus safety is a primary concern for all of us at UNM, so attracting someone with Chief Miyashiro’s depth and range of experience is a great accomplishment for us,” President Robert G. Frank said. “We are thrilled he will be a part of our community.”

Miyashiro holds a Bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Phoenix, an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Golden West College, and holds several FEMA certifications. His statement of qualifications indicates he has strong grant writing skills and has worked extensively with budgets during his career. He also holds commercial drivers and pilots licenses.

Miyashiro replaces Kathy Guimond who is retiring from UNM after serving as chief for 18 years. Chief Miyashiro will be on campus June 30.

Executive Vice President David Harris says that given Chief Miyashiro’s extensive background in municipal and university police, he will be a perfect fit in this urban environment. Harris also said he was pleased that "the field of candidates in this search was an exceptional group.”

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