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Haire named UNI chief of police and director of public safety

July 24, 2012

Michael Hager, vice president for administration and financial services, 319-273-2382,

James O'Connor, University Relations, 319-273-2761,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa  -- Helen Haire has been named chief of police and director of public safety at the University of Northern Iowa. Haire currently is division commander for special services in the Louisiana State University Police Department, Baton Rouge, La. She will assume her new duties in early September.

"Helen brings more than 20 years' experience of quality law enforcement in public higher education," said UNI Vice President for Administration and Financial Services Michael Hager. "UNI will benefit from her commitment to a safe campus and focus on service to students, faculty, staff and the community."

The UNI chief of police and director of public safety serves in the dual capacity of certified law enforcement officer and university official. The chief directs the operations of the University's Department of Public Safety, including University Police and Parking Services and chairs the university's threat assessment team.

Haire replaces Milissa Wright, who has served as interim director of public safety, since April, following the retirement of David Zarifis. Wright will return to her university position as associate director of public safety.