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For Immediate Release
January 19, 2018

IPFW Names Tim Potts New Chief of Police

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—lndiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is pleased to announce the hiring of Tim Potts as the new chief of police after a national search.

Chief Potts is an Indiana native and a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and the FBI National Academy. He earned a Bachelor of Science in sociology at Saint Joseph’s College. He has 27 years of experience in law enforcement, including 18 years at the Purdue University Police Department with roles in community policing, patrol operations, and administrative operations. Potts most recently served as the chief of police and director of public safety at the University of Mississippi.

“Tim is bringing exceptional experience to our university’s police department,” said David Wesse, vice chancellor for financial and administrative affairs. “His extensive experience in policing in higher education, particularly with Purdue’s police department, will make this an easy transition.”

“I am excited to be a part of the Fort Wayne community and to serve the campus,” said Potts. “I plan to spend my first 90 days meeting campus community partners, evaluating university policies and procedures to ensure they reflect best practices, and examining staffing levels to make certain there are enough officers and that they are covering the right areas."

Chief Potts's first day was January 16.

For more information, contact David Wesse, vice chancellor for financial and administrative affairs at 260-481-6804 or wessed@ipfw.edu.

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