Northern Illinois University’s Acting Director of Public Safety Bill Nicklas today announced that Darren Mitchell will serve as acting police chief in order to ensure a smooth transition in providing law enforcement service to the campus community.
Mitchell has been employed at NIU since 1994 and has served as a sworn officer on the NIU police force since 2000, most recently as deputy chief of police and executive director of the Office of Emergency Management and Planning.
“I have every confidence that Darren will perform well in this role of acting police chief,” Nicklas said. “Right now the goal is to maintain continuity of operations within the police department to ensure the department continues to serve and protect the campus community.”
Mitchell is a certified emergency medical technician (EMT) and hazardous materials technician (HAZMAT) and has served as a part of the Critical Incidence Response Team, Interpersonal Violence Response Team and Honor Guard.
Mitchell and his spouse, Melody Mitchell, are both NIU graduates and employed at the university. Melody serves as director of alumni events and public relations for NIU’s College of Law. They are active in the university and local communities, including their faith community.
On Nov. 10, Chief Donald Grady was placed on administrative leave pending finalization of charges and disciplinary actions under the terms and conditions of his employment as well as university policies. Additionally, Lt. Kartik Ramakrishnan was notified of the university’s intent to discharge him in accordance with procedures outlined in the State Universities Civil Service System’s (SUCSS) statutes and rules.
Nicklas will address NIU’s Student Association Senate at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Holmes Student Center Sky Room to discuss the recent actions involving the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety.