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UK Selects New Police Chief

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Fred H. Otto III

“It’s like a dream to be able to return to Kentucky and serve as police chief of the state’s flagship university. I plan to continue and build on the professional programs Commissioner Langston put in place, and I look forward to working with her and Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty to make the UK campus and the community safer.”

-- Fred H. Otto III,
UK's next police chief

 

May 2, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Fred H. Otto III, Chief of Police at the University of Missouri, has been chosen to lead the University of Kentucky Police Department. He will assume the duties of UK Police Chief July 1, succeeding Rebecca Langston, who left UK to become Public Safety Commissioner for Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

A Fort Thomas, Ky., native, Otto is a former Kentucky State Trooper and Chief of Police for Highland Heights, Ky. He also served as assistant director of Public Safety at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and director of Public Safety at Northern Kentucky University.

“It’s like a dream to be able to return to Kentucky and serve as police chief of the state’s flagship university,” Otto said. “I plan to continue and build on the professional programs Commissioner Langston put in place, and I look forward to working with her and Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty to make the UK campus and the community safer.”

Ben Carr, vice president of Campus Services, which includes the police department, said Otto has the background and credentials to provide the UK Police Department with strong leadership.

“I was particularly interested in the fact that under the leadership of Chief Otto, the University of Missouri Police Department had received national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies,” Carr said.

Otto was chosen following a national search that began in January. Carr and Ken Clevidence, associate vice president for Campus Services, led the search committee. Clevidence said 91 people applied for the position and seven were interviewed.

“With Fred Otto’s experience in college campus law enforcement and his knowledge and contacts in law enforcement in Kentucky, we felt he was definitely the strongest candidate,” Clevidence said.

Otto received a bachelor’s degree in police administration and a master’s in criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Xavier University. He also has completed several other law enforcement training programs including the FBI National Academy.


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