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Ohio University names new chief of university police
Michael Martinsen has 18 years of experience planning and managing law enforcement 

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 14, 2006) -- Beginning this fall, Ohio University students will have a new pair of well-trained eyes looking out for their safety. Michael Martinsen, who has worked for the Hamilton City Police Department since 1990 and has served as lieutenant and patrol shift commander since 1999, has been named director of campus safety and chief of the Ohio University Police Department, effective Sept. 25.

"Becoming the chief at Ohio University has been my professional goal for many years," Martinsen said. "The level of broad interest, involvement and concern demonstrated by the members of the search committee was most impressive. My family and I are looking forward to making Ohio University and Athens our home."

In his new position, Martinsen will manage the $2.1 million budget of the Department of Campus Safety; be responsible for promoting campus safety to faculty, staff and students; and facilitate crisis response planning for serious incidents occurring on campus.

"Michael was an outstanding candidate in a strong pool," Vice President for Finance and Administration Bill Decatur said. "His strong qualifications in law enforcement activities, public safety, budgeting and training will make him an excellent leader at Ohio University. He will bring a commitment to community policing."

Martinsen has a bachelor of specialized studies degree with an emphasis in public safety administration from Ohio University and a master?s degree in strategic communications and leadership from Seton Hall University. Before joining the Hamilton City Police Department, the Cincinnati Colerain High School graduate was an officer for the Newport City Police Department in Newport, Ky. and held positions with the Hamilton County Sheriff?s Office in Cincinnati.

"I am pleased that my experiences in law enforcement and other areas such as community event coordination align so well with the needs of this campus," Martinsen said. "I?m looking forward to collaborating with my new colleagues in the department and on campus. I also plan on building a close working relationship with the Athens Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies."

He succeeds Tony Camechis, who retired April 30 after 13 years of service at Ohio University and more than 30 years of work in law enforcement. Mark Mathews served as interim chief of police for Ohio University?s Department of Campus Safety during the transition period.

"I want to personally thank Mark Matthews who has done an outstanding job serving as interim police chief," Martinsen said.

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Media Contact: Media Relations Coordinator Jessica stark at (740) 597-2938 or starkj@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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