E. Norris Jr., Chief of Indiana University Police, to Head University
of Virginia Police Department
E. Norris Jr.
May 23, 2001--
Paul 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 University
of Virginia 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 of Virginia."
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 this
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 sworn officers.
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
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 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 Bob 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.
Vice 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.
Louise Dudley, (804) 924-1400