E. Norris Jr. to head U.Va. police
Sheffield, left, introduced his successor, Paul Norris, to
the University community during Finals weekend.
E. Norris Jr., who rose through the ranks from patrol officer
to chief of police in a 31-year career at Indiana University,
has been named chief of the U.Va.
Police Department. He will take command Aug. 1.
succeeds Michael Sheffield, U.Va. chief for 17 years, who announced
his retirement last August but agreed to remain on the job until
his successor was named.
welcome Mr. Norris to the University and Charlottesville community
and look forward to working with him, said Leonard W. Sandridge,
executive vice president and chief operating officer. Paul
is a seasoned, committed and hard-working police professional.
We will benefit from his long and successful career at Indiana
University. Pauls impressive record, leadership style and
commitment to excellence fit well with what I consider to be an
exceptionally high-quality police department here at the University
am honored to have been chosen to lead this outstanding police
agency, at this historical and prestigious university, Norris
said. Everyone involved in this process, including the department
personnel and members of the U.Va. and Charlottesville community,
have made me feel very comfortable about my decision to accept
U.Va., Norris will take over a department with a staff of 133,
including 65 full-time sworn officers, and a budget of $4 million.
At Indiana, he commanded a force of 108, including 50 full-time
has a breadth of law-enforcement experience beginning in 1970,
when he joined the Indiana University Police Department as an
officer. The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy hired him as a training
instructor in 1979.
returned to IU in 1982 as a uniform lieutenant and community-relations
and training officer at the systems Indianapolis campus,
which includes its medical center. In 1989, Norris moved to the
IUs main Bloomington campus as an administrative lieutenant,
and later administrative captain and academy director, before
rising to chief of police in 1993.
duties included coordinating all law-enforcement efforts for the
35,000-student campus and directing security arrangements for
many visiting dignitaries, including Gen. Colin Powell, Chief
Justice William Rehnquist, Attorney General Janet Reno and Secretary
of State Warren Christopher. He also coordinated the departments
response to student unrest in the wake of last falls dismissal
of mens basketball coach Bobby Knight.
who also graduated from the FBI National Academy, is a member
of the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Officers,
the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
President for Student Affairs Patricia Lampkin, who chaired
U.Va.s search committee, said Norris depth of experience
in community relations, major events and athletics greatly impressed
the panel. She also noted his strong track record of hiring minorities
and women and his commitment to education. When he was hired,
only one supervisor held a four-year degree; as he leaves, 12
of 14 have graduated (the other two are well on their way), and
20 officers in all have received bachelors degrees.
are fortunate to have attracted someone who has already served
as a police chief at a major university, Lampkin said. He
will maintain the stability of the University Police Department
and continue to build on its tradition of strong leadership.
his solid experience and credentials for the position, we were
particularly impressed with his commitment to a high level of
professionalism for himself and his officers, Sandridge
added. We are very confident that Paul is someone who will
be able to maintain the level of respect that the Police Department
has earned from other University areas and the larger community.
also thanked Sheffield for remaining on the job until the University
named a successor. I am very grateful to Mike Sheffield
for extending his departure date as chief of police. Mike has
been one of the most effective managers with whom I have had the
pleasure of working. The University is most certainly a better
place because of his personal commitment, professionalism and
down-to-earth nature. I am personally and professionally saddened
by his departure.
believe the search committee has done an extraordinary job of
identifying someone, Paul Norris, who will be able to continue
and build upon Mike Sheffields good work and reputation.
has three adult children: daughter Shaunna Norris attends Indiana
University; son Paul Norris III is a senior at Ball State University;
and daughter Kelly Whitfield holds bachelors and masters
degrees from Indiana State University.