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Search for New Chief of Police

Search committee announces 3 Purdue chief of police finalists; invites campus engagement week of Aug. 8

Purdue University is undertaking a national search for the next chief of the Purdue University Police Department to replace John Cox, who retired from the role on July 31.

The search committee reviewed the credentials of 19 applicants and selected three finalists: Brian Joschko, chief of police, Bradley University Police Department; Tom Rhoades, chief of police, Parkview Health System; and Lesley Wiete, deputy chief of police, Purdue University Police Department.

Each candidate will visit the West Lafayette campus the week of Aug. 8. During the visits, faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a seminar for each candidate, consisting of a presentation and time to ask each of them questions. Each seminar will be available as a livestream, but only in-person attendees will be able to pose questions to the candidates following the presentations.

Candidates

Candidate: Brian Joschko, chief of police, Bradley University Police Department
Date: Monday, Aug. 8
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: Stewart Center, Room 302
Recorded Presentation
Candidate Evaluation

Candidate: Tom Rhoades, chief of police, Parkview Health System 
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 10
Time: 9:30-10:30
Location: Stewart Center, Room 302
Recorded Presentation
Candidate Evaluation

Candidate: Lesley Wiete, deputy chief of police, Purdue University Police Department
Date: Friday, Aug. 12
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: Stewart Center, Room 302
Recorded Presentation
Candidate Evaluation


“Engaging the campus community in the search process for the new police chief is essential to ensuring we select a candidate who will not only uphold our safety and security but will also be a successful partner who builds and maintains strong relationships,” said Jay Wasson, vice president and chief public safety officer.

Following the candidate seminars, recordings of each will be made available on this webpage, and the campus community will have an opportunity to provide feedback through a survey. More information on the survey will be shared soon.