By George Mauzy
Ohio University Police Department Chief Mike Martinsen has announced he will leave the university, effective Sept 30, to pursue a new leadership position in the Cincinnati area.
"Serving the students, faculty and staff over the last two years has been both an honor and privilege," Martinsen said. "And the officers of OUPD are second to none. They are truly exceptional servant leaders who care very much for the safety of our students."
Martinsen said the department is stronger and healthier now than when he arrived two years ago and the career change will not only be an opportunity for him professionally but will reunite him with family.
"This move will allow me to be there for my family every day and not just weekends," Martinsen said.
Assistant Vice President for Safety and Risk Management David Hopka said he respects the reasons for Martinsen's departure, but he knows it will be a loss for Ohio University.
Hopka praised Martinsen for improving OUPD's delivery of critical functions to the university during his two years at the helm. He said Martinsen invested resources in important initiatives, including creation of a formal field training manual and establishment of a Special Weapons and Tactics team.
Martinsen also implemented the use of the non-lethal Taser alternative, formalized the training and investigative team operations, increased the officer training budget and hired six new police officers to improve campus safety.
"Mike brought the courage, perseverance, inspiration and collaborative spirit necessary to make OUPD's pursuit of excellence possible," Hopka said. "The department's commitment to service and professionalism under his leadership has made Ohio University a better and safer place."
Martinsen came to Ohio University as chief of police in September 2006 after working 16 years for the Hamilton (Ohio) City Police Department in various roles, including his last position as lieutenant and patrol shift commander.
Hopka said there will be a national search to replace Martinsen on a permanent basis and he will name an interim chief of police before Martinsen leaves in September.
To speak with a media representative about this story, contact Media Specialist George Mauzy at 740-597-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.