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Jan. 9, 2008
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EMU names Ann Arbor Deputy Chief as new head of public safety

YPSILANTI - Gregory A. O’Dell, deputy chief of the Ann Arbor Police Department, has been named the executive director of the Eastern Michigan University Department of Public Safety, pending the approval of the Board of Regents.

Gregory O'Dell
Gregory O'Dell

O’Dell’s appointment is effective Feb. 7. The executive director of public safety will report directly to the president’s office.

“We are enthusiastic about Greg O’Dell accepting this key leadership role. He is an experienced law enforcement professional who was selected from an outstanding pool of candidates,” said Donald Loppnow, provost and executive vice president of Eastern Michigan University.

“I look forward to the challenge of moving the department of public safety forward with the ultimate goal of becoming one of the best police and safety departments in the country. We will do everything we possibly can to improve the safety and security of the students, staff and visitors at EMU,” said O’Dell, 50. “As a graduate of this University, I have a strong personal commitment to our goals.”

O’Dell served as the deputy chief of the Ann Arbor Police Department from January 2004 to the present. During his almost 20 years with the Ann Arbor Police Department, O’Dell served in numerous positions, including interim chief from November 2005 to June 2006.

He began his career in law enforcement with the city of Burton Police Department in 1979.

He joined the Ann Arbor Police Department as an officer in 1988 and became a detective in 1993, also serving as the polygraph examiner for the department.

O’Dell became a police sergeant in 1998 and served in that position until he was promoted to police lieutenant in 2000.

O’Dell received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1996, graduating with honors. He received his bachelor of science degree from EMU in 1992. He also is a graduate of the EMU School of Staff and Command (2000).

O’Dell graduated from the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia in 2005.


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