BELLINGHAM - Western Washington University has hired Randy Stegmeier as its new Director of Public Safety/University Police Chief. He will begin his duties Jan. 14.
Stegmeier most recently was the executive director of Safety/Security, Facilities and Capital Projects at Shoreline Community College in Seattle. Prior to that term, he served as commander of the Washington State Law Enforcement Academy and as assistant chief of the University of Washington Police Department. At Western he will oversee the Public Safety Department, which includes the University Police, Lockshop and Parking Services.
George Pierce, vice president of Business and Financial Affairs at Western, said he was pleased to hire someone with Stegmeier's experience and qualifications.
"Chief Stegmeier brings a proven track record of police work to Western," Pierce said. "His past experience in a university setting will be invaluable."
Stegmeier has almost 35 years of law-enforcement experience, including 28 years in a variety of roles with the University of Washington Police Department. A native of Selah, Stegmeier received a bachelor's degree in police science and administration from Washington State University in 1972, graduated from the Law Enforcement Executive Institute in Seattle in 1983 and the FBI Command College in 1996.
Stegmeier said he was excited about the prospect of working at Western.
"Western is a great institution with an incredible reputation," he said. "It's going to be a fabulous place to work and Bellingham is a beautiful place to live."
Stegmeier replaces interim chief of police Dave Doughty, who will again assume his previous role of assistant chief. Doughty has been acting chief of police since August 2007, when Jim Shaw retired. Shaw served for nine years at Western.